I love Dick Francis books and this one was one of the best that I think I've read. A lot of people say to me, "Oh, he writes about horses, doesn't he?", as though it were not a subject they find interesting. Believe me, it doesn't matter whether you're interested in horses or not. I'm not really interested in horses at all. However, all of his books that I've read involve horse racing in some way, although sometimes it is only a small connection. His characters are very real and he makes you care about what happens to them, and there is always a great deal of suspense in his stories, and they're all hard to put down.
This story was okay, but not nearly as good in my opinion as his series about Precious Ramwotse, although it did get more interesting as it progressed. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and very few of any worth. That's my opinion, anyway.
The Accidental Tourist kept me captivated from beginning to end. I love the way the author describes each character, their thoughts and differences and quirks, which there are plenty of. Plus it has a very satisfactory ending.
This was a story unlike any I've ever read. The "hero" of the story is not necessarily a likeable person, yet I was compelled to keep reading this intriguing account of the life of a man obsessed with a woman who didn't love him.
I enjoyed every minute of this book. The characters are wonderfully described, so that I felt I knew each one of them personally. It is definitely a bittersweet tale, but one that was hard for me to put down.
When I first started reading this book, I was a little bit skeptical about whether I would like it or not, but it soon began to grow on me, as I became more familiar with the characters. Well before the end, I began to love it, and now I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
The story of Harley Altmyer was gripping and hard to put down. Told from his 19 year old viewpoint, I experienced what he was going through as he tried to support and care for his three younger sisters.
This story is well written and moves along quickly and gives one a good perspective of South Carolina and Rome. There is a lot of back and forth teasing and bickering between the family members and some friends, at least in the beginning.
It is amazing to see the imagination that Yann Martel has and how he puts it into a story. That's what kept me going through most of this book. However, I found it lacking in suspense and wondering what would happen next.