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message 1: by Obsidian (new)

Obsidian Agreed. It was just awful.


message 2: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune O wrote: "Agreed. It was just awful."

The last 3rd really took the biscuit.


message 3: by Obsidian (new)

Obsidian BrokenTune wrote: "O wrote: "Agreed. It was just awful."

The last 3rd really took the biscuit."


It did.

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message 4: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune O wrote: "BrokenTune wrote: "O wrote: "Agreed. It was just awful."

The last 3rd really took the biscuit."

It did.

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Yes.

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message 5: by Obsidian (new)

Obsidian BrokenTune wrote: "O wrote: "BrokenTune wrote: "O wrote: "Agreed. It was just awful."

The last 3rd really took the biscuit."

It did.

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Yes.

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Pretty much.


message 6: by P-eggy (new)

P-eggy I hope you review it very soon. Very Soon!


message 7: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Petra X wrote: "I hope you review it very soon. Very Soon!"

I'm trying. Still need to get my head around some of it, but I should have something soon. It is likely to contain spoilers, tho.


message 8: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Life is too short for bad books. Thanks for the warning.


message 9: by Ape (new)

Ape oh dear...


message 10: by Obsidian (new)

Obsidian Great review! And yes I have to say the ending with Jean Louise is disturbing.


message 11: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan I'm leaving it in my shelves because of all the comments, some with links. But, yes, life is way too short for bad books. I decided a short time ago I likely wouldn't read it.


message 12: by Gary (new)

Gary  the Bookworm Very persuasive review. I agree with you about it seeming like an alternate reality. I also hated the ending...


message 13: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Gary wrote: "Very persuasive review. I agree with you about it seeming like an alternate reality. I also hated the ending..."

Thanks Gary. I very much liked your take on the book providing a more rounded, nuanced version of Atticus. I'm just not onboard with the underlying message and the way that the delivery was made.


message 14: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Lisa wrote: "I'm leaving it in my shelves because of all the comments, some with links. But, yes, life is way too short for bad books. I decided a short time ago I likely wouldn't read it."

I'm like that with other books, too.


message 15: by Jibran (new)

Jibran Fantastic review. I have observed that those who like TKaMB are somewhat predisposed to rate this one highly, or at least excuse its failings in light the success of the classic novel. But as you said it's not even a sequel but badly put together trimmings from the first attempt to TKaMB, and therefore one should read it with a spoonful of salt the size of Caspian sea.


message 16: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Jibran wrote: "Fantastic review. I have observed that those who like TKaMB are somewhat predisposed to rate this one highly, or at least excuse its failings in light the success of the classic novel. But as you s..."

Thank you for your kind words. I love TKAM, but it is a standalone book, which has taken on a life of its own after its publication. It is self-contained, and to my mind, does not need or benefit from any additions or revisions. GSAW are neither addition nor revision - it is too different, too distinct. So, rather than a bucket-load or Caspian-size load of salt, I kinda wish (doomed, I know) that people would not relate it to TKAM at all.

I really liked your review, too, btw, though I cannot see the original Atticus as an expression of the saviour complex. If anything, I can see that for the Atticus in GSAW, but not so much in TKAM. The motivations in TKAM are different, more genuine - at least in my reading.


message 17: by Samadrita (new)

Samadrita Definitely sounds like a first draft never meant to be published. Damn you corporate greed!


message 18: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Samadrita wrote: "Definitely sounds like a first draft never meant to be published. Damn you corporate greed!"

Pretty much all down to greed!


message 19: by Candace (new)

Candace Mettle This is the best the review I've read of this book! I was so disturbed by the ending that I kind of just kind of put it in the back of my head, but then again, I like to think that this book was never written by the same person who wrote the masterpiece of TKAM.


message 20: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Candace wrote: "This is the best the review I've read of this book! I was so disturbed by the ending that I kind of just kind of put it in the back of my head, but then again, I like to think that this book was ne..."

Thank you for your kind words. I'm with you on the ending being disturbing and the general feeling that it is hard to believe the same author produced both works.


message 21: by Richard (new)

Richard Weatherburn Great review - completely agree.


message 22: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Richard wrote: "Great review - completely agree."

Thank you.


message 23: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Sutton My thoughts almost exactly.


message 24: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Sutton My thoughts almost exactly.


message 25: by Michele (new)

Michele Coleman Spot on review ! It was just bad. Bad and insulting to all races. And writing.


message 26: by Michele (new)

Michele Coleman Spot on review ! It was just bad. Bad and insulting to all races. And writing.


message 27: by Michele (new)

Michele Coleman Spot on review ! It was just bad. Bad and insulting to all races. And writing.


message 28: by Mary (new)

Mary Excellent review. You have articulated what I have felt since reading the book, but was not able to put words to. I will say that I felt it was Harper Lee's voice for maybe the first quarter of the book, but that sense fell away thereafter. I will only add to those opting not to read it that it is a quick read and therefore you can rest assured in your own assessment, while not taking too much time away from the good reads awaiting you!


message 29: by Mary (new)

Mary Excellent review. You have articulated what I have felt since reading the book, but was not able to put words to. I will say that I felt it was Harper Lee's voice for maybe the first quarter of the book, but that sense fell away thereafter. I will only add to those opting not to read it that it is a quick read and therefore you can rest assured in your own assessment, while not taking too much time away from the good reads awaiting you!


message 30: by Mary (new)

Mary Excellent review. You have articulated what I have felt since reading the book, but was not able to put words to. I will say that I felt it was Harper Lee's voice for maybe the first quarter of the book, but that sense fell away thereafter. I will only add to those opting not to read it that it is a quick read and therefore you can rest assured in your own assessment, while not taking too much time away from the good reads awaiting you!


message 31: by Mary (new)

Mary Excellent review. You have articulated what I have felt since reading the book, but was not able to put words to. I will say that I felt it was Harper Lee's voice for maybe the first quarter of the book, but that sense fell away thereafter. I will only add to those opting not to read it that it is a quick read and therefore you can rest assured in your own assessment, while not taking too much time away from the good reads awaiting you!


message 32: by BrokenTune (last edited Sep 03, 2015 07:55AM) (new)

BrokenTune @ Jessica, @ Michele, @ Mary: Thank you all for your notes of appreciation. It is always good to know someone else felt about the book the same way.

How did you all perceive the ending of the book?


message 33: by Greg (new)

Greg I can only accept that Truman Capote wrote a wonderful book, To Kill a Mockingbird. And that Harper Lee was wrong to take credit.


message 34: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant Greg, it's a theory but I prefer to think that Truman more than helped Harper to write TKAM and Harper more than helped Truman write In Cold Blood. Two great books, perfect symmetry.

Brokentune - great review!


message 35: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Paul wrote: "Greg, it's a theory but I prefer to think that Truman more than helped Harper to write TKAM and Harper more than helped Truman write In Cold Blood. Two great books, perfect symmetry.

Brokentune - ..."


Thanks Paul.


message 36: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I also thought the book was at least decent until I got to the part about her uncle punching her in the mouth twice (hard enough to make her bleed) and I was like "WTF who even DOES that?????" And bizarrely, physical assault seemed to be what brought the mouthy, uppity young woman to her senses.


message 37: by Jessaka (new)

Jessaka What great insight. when I read the book I believed that it was a sequel in spite of what they said and wrote it from that perspective. and I believe Truman capote helped her with mockingbird.


message 38: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Stephanie wrote: "I also thought the book was at least decent until I got to the part about her uncle punching her in the mouth twice (hard enough to make her bleed) and I was like "WTF who even DOES that?????" And ..."

Exactly! Tho, by that time I was no longer shocked...
The whole book was a bit WTF...


message 39: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune Jessaka wrote: "What great insight. when I read the book I believed that it was a sequel in spite of what they said and wrote it from that perspective. and I believe Truman capote helped her with mockingbird."

Thank you Jessaka. Probably not insight exactly. I just wanted to figure why the book annoyed me so much.

If this was truly a first manuscript, then someone re-wrote it for/with Lee to turn into TKAM. Whether it was Capote.... We'll never know, but it is not unlikely.


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