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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
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Jun 17, 2010

did not like it

Surely the worst book of which I have ever read half. I kept thinking, "No self-proclaimed best seller can be THIS bad...it's got to get better, its GOT to get BETTER!" But it didn't. I picked it up at the book store after visiting Lana'i, Hawaii for the first time and becoming enraptured by the culture and the land there, and fascinated by what the people must have been like pre-colonialism. From page one I knew there was little hope for this "historical fiction" book to be better than trite, but even worse was that it was BARELY educational. Very little historically accurate information was provided. I don't consider myself to be a very talented writer, but I found myself reworking every single page of this book that I read- it was like it didnt even have an editor that looked over it. The dialogue was the most laughable part, though. For a book that is supposed to take place in the early 1900's, I was completely appalled when the characters said things like "Hey" and "How's it going?" Its been a while since I took English Lit classes and paid attention to the vernacular of early settlers in new lands, but COME ON! British colonizers didn't use that language and neither would the Hawaiians that had been taught english. Terrible book, with a sappy, unbelievable story line and a bland preaching of morality. I considered it a waste of my time to have read as many pages of this book as I did, but I couldn't help it....I am an optimist :)
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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark Delabarre Ohhh, I feel ya. I read a book recently and F$ing FINISHED it!!! I just KNEW that there was going to be a twist at the end that justified the mounting furor I felt with each passing page...sigh. As a public service, please stay away from SON OF STONE by Stuart Woods. What blindsided me was that this was the gajillionth title in a series! A fairly GOOD series! It was like he pulled a Prince and released a crappy book to get out of a bad contract! Oooof - I hate to hijack your rant but - ugh! It was so bad I thought it was a prank...


message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Blessing I felt exactly the same way, and gave up after half done as well. So many great reviews, but it fell WAY short of any of my expectations.


Aurora Shele The end is really good though. Too bad you gave up. :)


Kaile As a native Hawai'ian (kanaka maoli) I found the Hawai'ian components of the book the very realistic. It's a little insulting that you fancy yourself an expert on historical fiction because you took a writing class about British imperialism and because the book is different you have determined it's incorrect. Hawai'ian culture isn't childishly basic where you can master it after a single class.


Kate Thank you Kaile. I am only reading this to see what the ONE 1 star reviewer had to say! I recommended to my book club and I am reviewing tonight.

I thought the author covered the historical facts for Hawaii, including the treatment of Hansen's disease. His characters were all well rounded believable people. If Michener had written this story it would gave been 3 times as long! This is a good manageable length.
I think people who do not read the book should not be giving a rating. It is like saying you dont like sprouts when you' e never even tried one!


Kate Thank you Kaile. I am only reading this to see what the ONE 1 star reviewer had to say! I recommended to my book club and I am reviewing tonight.

I thought the author covered the historical facts for Hawaii, including the treatment of Hansen's disease. His characters were all well rounded believable people. If Michener had written this story it would gave been 3 times as long! This is a good manageable length.
I think people who do not read the book should not be giving a rating. It is like saying you dont like sprouts when you' e never even tried one!


Kate My apologies, i now see that 660 reviewers gave it 1 star. On the summary chart it appears so few compared with 4 and 5 star!


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