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The Eight by Katherine Neville
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Dec 31, 2008

did not like it
Read in December, 2006

I was told by several people whose books tastes I generally respect that I would love this book - sadly, that wasn't the case. I found it tiresome, hard to follow, and the writing was almost impossible to slog through in several places. The characters were never fully developed, I never got invested in any of the characters, and I found the book too plot-driven to an irritating degree - with too many historical elements "dropped in" (almost like name dropping) in order to tie the events to historical situations.

The only part of the book that I found remotely interesting and attention-holding was the very first chapter. It's a book that has reached something like cult status, but I found the plot hard to follow, lots of twists and turns that only confused me, and a very unsatisfying ending. I finished it only because I hate to leave a book unfinished if I've committed to reading it.

It just doesn't live up to its hype for me.
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Tania I agree that this novel had a few slow spots as it was jumping back in time to help explain/set up the intricate plot, however it IS a very SMART and well written story with excellent character development and action galore that is sure to grab the educated reader.

Diana As I said in my review, the book has attracted a lot of very good reviews and fans, and the ideas in the book were quite interesting. However, I found the writing style a bit irritating, actually - there were too many instances of characters "racing into the building" or "jumping out of the car" - it was the style of writing that made me cringe.

The historical elements were actually quite interesting, especially since I have an extensive knowledge of history, including all the events Neville includes in this book. In comparing it to other historical novels/mysteries I've read, I just didn't find it as compelling.

"Well written" and "character development" are a matter of subjective opinion; this one just didn't grab me - and I read A LOT.

message 3: by Deb (new) - rated it 5 stars

Deb Maybe you should re-read

message 4: by Diana (last edited Jun 06, 2015 12:14PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Diana I have to say that I stand by my original review of this book. I did not find it lived up to the hype that it has accumulated.

I am an educated reader (in fact, very widely read and very educated reader, with a PhD in medieval literature), so it's not that I did not "understand" the history or find it "above" my reading level and comprehension.

I am also a writer, and my quibbles with this book lie with the writing style - the premise of the book is actually quite interesting. I just found elements of the writing and elements of the plot amateurish.

Remember that what one considers "good" in any creative field - visual art, writing, music - is VERY subjective. You either like it or you don't. I can truthfully say that I would NOT find this book any more attractive if I re-read it.

Sorry if my review doesn't sit well with those who gave the book five stars - but telling me that I should re-read or that I need to be a better-educated reader is simply not going to make me like the book any better.

message 5: by Eleni (new) - added it

Eleni I couldn't even get past the first 100 pages. I love reading and being challenged, but I guess I'm too tired at the end of the day to invest in this book.

message 6: by Gail (new)

Gail THANK YOU! this book was highly recommended to me and I thought I must be missing the point!

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