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The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
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Jan 22, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: death, post-apocalytic
Read in April, 2012

A children's hospital is the only surviving structure after a great flood, and then all sorts of who knows what huh why oh why what a waste of my life happens. Ugh, even now, I think I would still read a book with this premise, because it sounds like it could be so great. That this book ruined this premise so thoroughly and in so many distinct ways is a feat on par with a magic hospital with an angel in the basement and a replicator machine, that organically opens up new rooms while upon the sea, that is staffed by the least questioning, most inert group of medical professionals ever to have had, at some point in their life, enough initiative and passion to undergo tens of years of training focused on curiosity, drive, and, eventually, innovation, but have become, through time, trial, and indescribably, bafflingly poor writing and plotting full of of holes, copouts, and inanity, framed by obscenely cloudy theology and medicine, and by what clearly has been the author's truly unenviable negative experience of humanity, both pointedly repulsive and mind-bogglingly uninteresting. And if you followed one-tenth of that, you just had an experience of greater clarity than I did reading the entirety of this book.
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Molly "Simultaneously epic, intimate, and wildly imaginative..." And super scary! Can you imagine being trapped on the unit? There's not even any good snacks today...


Sarah lol!! it is kind of like the ultimate horror book...

also i really like the lifesaver gummies someone put in the golf bucket! thanks, mystery person!


Sharon Sing it, sister!


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Sayaka Page I tried reading this book 3 times and never got more than half way through because I just couldn't be asked to continue reading. It's somehow satisfying sharing this experience with another despite how well received it appears to be.


Sarah Sayaka wrote: "I tried reading this book 3 times and never got more than half way through because I just couldn't be asked to continue reading. It's somehow satisfying sharing this experience with another despit..."

Oh definitely! I read it with a book club and railing against it was somehow satisfying, I agree!


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Annah So you liked it?


Shelli Ya know, I really liked the book, but I thought your review was totally awesome :-)


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