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message 1: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters "repeating themes" -- is a 'book-topic' which has been on my mind since attending the Austin Book Festival last week.

A book publisher told me --"Storytelling is **IN** right now".....(whatever that means?/!) --Books go in 'trends', like anything else.

A publisher was present with other 3 authors speaking to our group:
--I had read one of the books by one of the authors at the table. I enjoyed it --but felt it was too long --with repeated themes --and it was the authors first novel. .
I asked:
"Why was,
'The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing', allowed to be almost a 500 pages long by a first time author? I wanted to know how that worked -and who chooses? The author didn't answer me --The Publisher did. She talked about "BOOK TRENDS" -- "Storytelling is in right now".
hm??
Is repeating themes a trend in storytelling? I'm confused.

How long is the book 'US'? More than 350 pages? Just curious?

note: at the festival --it was a huge room with over 100 people --so I didn't feel I understood the answer I got. (not really).


message 2: by Larry (new)

Larry H It's over 400 pages. And it's written in tiny chapters, some are let me reflect on the way our relationship unfolded, some are current time. I'm all for storytelling, and if a book catches my interest I don't mind if it runs long and doesn't feel this way. This book seemed as if it took FOREVER to get to an unsatisfying conclusion. So disappointed.


message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Masterson Great review Larry. I was shocked to see the 2 star review from you. I think I might skip "Us" now.


message 4: by Larry (new)

Larry H Jennifer, thanks. I was shocked to give it. I think if you're interested, you still might want to give it a try...it has nearly a five-star rating on Amazon and the most vocal people think it was absolutely fantastic. Entertainment Weekly gave it an A-. I am an utter sap, so for a novel like this not to work for me, is shocking.


message 5: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Masterson Yeah I was completely shocked. I hate when a book is like that. It's like a waste of time. I don't trust EW's reviews.


message 6: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters Thanks Larry, I value your review/reviews! I've more books to read anyway, than all the cups of plain dark coffee Starbucks sells in a day, I'm betting. lol. So, no hurry... Unless somebody puts it free in my hands or I find it at my dollar store later. (Very possible). Hugs, and thanks!


message 7: by Larry (new)

Larry H Thanks, Elyse! And Jennifer, I don't always trust EW's reviews either. It also seems that Goodreads people are more willing to be honest and actually articulate in their reviews than Amazon folks are, and I primarily think that's because you can't vote down people's reviews here.

But it's interesting because it seems like lately the "best books of the year" are ones I was fairly tepid on.


message 8: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters I haven't voted yet on Goodreads --(It should be fun)!


B the BookAddict Good review. Thanks, Larry, if you didn't like it, I know I won't!


message 10: by Larry (new)

Larry H Thanks, Bette! I am still amazed that being one who is so taken in by books that make you feel, that this one didn't win me over. Oh well...


message 11: by Darlene (new)

Darlene I loved your review, Larry! I have been waiting for this book to come out as I really liked his book, "One Day" (although I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of how it ended!:) Now, I'm not feeling as enthusiastic about it! I'm curious... did you read "The Rosie Project"? Your description of Douglas sounded as if he was a bit like the Don Tillman character in "The Rosie Project". Thanks for the great review.. it was very helpful!! :)


message 12: by Larry (new)

Larry H Darlene, I loved "The Rosie Project." Douglas in "Us" is similar to Don's character in "Rosie" but Don is so much more appealing. I felt as if Douglas had a bit of a mean streak, intentional or otherwise.


message 13: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Agree completely. There are one or two chapters towards the end that actually moved me, but overall Douglas was too unlikeable and too prone to repeating the same mistakes over too many pages. I liked the easy recognition of the travel stuff but those were cheap thrills - as you say the descriptions of the many places that Douglas goes don't really get past the surface.


message 14: by Larry (new)

Larry H Thanks, Elaine! I agree, I was moved a time or two, but I just thought Nicholls made all of the characters so unappealing for so long, it just wasn't enjoyable spending time with them.


message 15: by Donna (new)

Donna McCaul Thibodeau Larry, I felt a lot better after reading your review. I also gave "Us" two stars. I found all the characters unlikable and the book seemed like it would NEVER end.


message 16: by Larry (new)

Larry H Oh, good, Donna! I know others absolutely loved this but I just couldn't warm to it, and as I've said, given how much I loved "One Day," I'm so disappointed.


message 17: by Donna (new)

Donna McCaul Thibodeau I'm the same, I LOVED "One Day" and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and then I was like, "...wait, what? Is this the same author?" and it seemed that everyone and their brother thought it was brilliant. And it took me five days to slog my way through it. What a shame.


message 18: by Larry (new)

Larry H Same here. The book just CRAWLED.


message 19: by Janet (new)

Janet Couldn't agree more with you and Donna. I didn't particularly like any of the characters or the story. I, too, thought it'd never end. I'd like to give the author another try, but couldn't give this more than two stars.


message 20: by Larry (new)

Larry H Janet, I loved Nicholls' "One Day" and absolutely devoured it, so for me, it was this book that wasn't good and not the author.


message 21: by Janet (new)

Janet That seems to be a popular opinion. I'm going to try that one. Thanks!


message 22: by Aline (new)

Aline I'm nearly finished with the book but I've found myself struggling with it throughout for exactly the same reasons.It is too long, too repetitive,frustrating and depressing. Basically the narrator keeps whining for nearly 400 pages and I can't muster any pity for him nor do I like either of the other two main characters. I really look forward to finishing it soon. I absolutely loved One Day and also liked his other books but this one is really not for me.


message 23: by Archor (new)

Archor So true! I spent like three days to read the whole book and this one totally disappointed me. I had high expectations on this book because of his previous novel One Day which is intriguing but this one just too boring I nearly gave up in the middle of my reading journey. I think he doesn't need to use different scenario or accidents to prove the same point; this would only make the book as did the characters annoying. Also, I dunno it's because of my young age or what, I don't quite get what the theme or message the author wants to lay out. I was like why that Connie continuesly implied or said it out loud that she liked his husband but at the end they divorced, isn't that love is about tolerating each other shortcomings? Maybe that's a question about love and marriage and I am way to young and have no experience of this so that's why I don't get it lol


message 24: by Ulrika (new)

Ulrika Spot on! Also really enjoyed One Day but this was a huge disappointment!!


message 25: by Natasha (new)

Natasha I am a huge fan of David Nicholls, have read every single one of his books. I agree with the consensus that One Day is better. I think it's because, though the end is tragic, the two characters finally get together and we have been rooting for them from the start of the novel. The thing about "Us" is that it's not that kind of novel. It shows us that sometimes marriage doesn't last forever but that certainly doesn't diminish the years that they spent together. The book is a documentation of that.


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