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message 1: by Emily (new)

Emily That second paragraph really rang true for me and my reading experience.

message 2: by Harry (new)

Harry Carol, nice review. I too thought it started out well...but fizzled in the end: reminded me of how J.J.Abrams after many seasons of LOST really did not have that spectacular ending we'd all been promised. It fizzled...

message 3: by Mimi (new)

Mimi I also thought Sloan reached a bit too far, and I think I would've liked and rated this book more favorably if not for the overarching mystery.

message 4: by Beth (new)

Beth Like Emily, I found the second paragraph especially striking.

message 5: by Olga (new)

Olga Godim Great review! Emotions and dry analysis in one short piece of writing. A fantastic review, really.

message 6: by carol. (new)

carol. Thank you, everyone for the compliments! It was a challenging review because it was hard to pinpoint what specifically went wrong. Such a promising start.

message 7: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten This book fizzled for me quick. I was so disappointed because of my bookstore background. I don't know maybe I need to throw it in the mix again sometime down the road. Great review!!

message 8: by carol. (new)

carol. I wouldn't throw it back in the mix, Jeffrey--so many books, so little time. You just caught onto the stage act sooner. ;)

message 9: by Lawyer (new)

Lawyer I loved your review, Carol. I especially appreciated your analysis for the required suspension of belief when picking up a volume of fantasy or magical realism. I picked this up for a song off the shelves of our Friends of the Library Store for a song, so I will invest a few pages in it to see if it appeals. I could use a slight break from Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. However, I'm quite aware of the fizzle. There is that book about A CIRCUS whose title I do not speak, but merely hope that it is made into a movie starring Johnny Depp and every imaginable teen heart throb that might allow me to make a few bucks off the signed first.

message 10: by carol. (new)

carol. Mike, thank you. You must have been reading my mind--one of the books I immediately thought of when writing my review was a certain 'Circus' book and the wide variety of reactions to it. You know, it would work well as a movie, and Johnny Depp could bring the right degree of whimsy/eeriness.

message 11: by George (new)

George What's the Circus Book?

As a one time rusty script writer I think the plot was subjected to a lot of jump cuts.

Visually (in imagination) it was a romping fun adventure. Even if colours were seriously symbolic in "Madam Bovary." Just Saying

Hey, Google is part of dictionaries now as a verb. I think it will be around a while.

Last, it was more relaxing than reading C.Doctow's "Little Brother" and "Homeland."

message 12: by carol. (new)

carol. Ah, George. Thanks for stopping by. If you are engaging in dialogue, you may want to contextualize your statements. First of all, the 'Circus' book probably doesn't apply to you.
Second, if you are saying Mr. Penumbra is 'visually (in imagination)it was a romping fun adventure,' I'm afraid I have to disagree. The bookstore and the underground lair were the sections that seemed most visually 'fun' to me; however, I distinguish visual imagery from romping fun, so we may be comparing apples and oranges. Which is the beauty of writing your own reviews--you get to say what your reaction was. I'm puzzled by the reference to Madam Bovary.

Thirdly, 'Google' may be a part of dictionaries. Presumably, so were "IBM" and "Kodak." Times change. I merely raise the issue because it seems like some books are written for a particular moment, and as such, run the risk of being a little too topical and a little less permanent.
Fourth, glad to hear it was more relaxing than other books I haven't read or referenced in the review. Way to be germane.

message 13: by Daniela (new)

Daniela I love this book, I thought it was pretty damn spectacular and absolutely magical.

message 14: by carol. (new)

carol. Glad you enjoyed it, Daniela! So nice when that happens.

message 15: by Sara (new)

Sara Krell I agree. I wish it wouldn't have hopped around to so many places. Didn't fit the book story mystery, like you said. I liked the tongue and cheek at Google tho.

message 16: by carol. (new)

carol. The Google stuff was potentially the most interesting thing about it, at least by my memory.

message 17: by James (new)

James Hollander Excellent review!

message 18: by carol. (new)

carol. Thank you, James. Good luck with it!

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