"Quick read; A nice perspective on the gentle side of law enforcement. Interesting dynamics between the older and younger generation of law enforcement folks in New England. There were some great comic lines. I kind of see this as a bit more of a philosophy book than a good guys/bad guys book. The "crime" seemed to be just the backdrop for the narrator to give his views on how to treat people."
"I wanted to like this book much more than I actually did like it. Although I found it to be well-written and alternately funny and heart-wrenching, I couldn't get past the feeling that the author is kind of a snob. It seemed like there were little digs on every other page, "Oh, since you don't live in Berkeley, you wouldn't understand" or "Oh, since you aren't married to a Pulitzer Prize winning husband, it's too hard to explain." Ultimately, then, this book left kind of a bad taste in my midwestern, non-Pulitzer winning mouth."
"I really wanted to like this book, but, unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Too much looping through time periods and alternately feeling sorry for herself and bragging. Not the memorable memoir I was hoping for."
"I almost hate to give this one away. It's one of those books where the food figures as prominently as the characters. The main character is an almost 40 year old, never married Arab American who co-owns a restaurant. GREAT BOOK!"
"I ultimately ended up really enjoying this book, but I almost couldn't make it throught the first section. There is A LOT of background material to get through before the twins get born. No, really. A LOT of background. If you can power through the first 130 pages (which will get you through--seriously--the first hour of the twins' life outside the womb!) the rest of the book is quite engaging and a memorable read.
As an added perk, the book taught me where the term "Rastafarian" comes from. Who knew?"
"Not much of a murder mystery. I found this book to be much more interesting for its description of feminism in academia in the late 1970's. I was just a little too young (or possibly too naive) to be paying attention to how "women's libbers" were being treated. Thanks to those of you from that generation who made it so much easier for the next group!"
"If you have ever wanted to know more about the history of tattos OR about the history of Coney Island, this is your book. A tattoo artist on Coney Island at the beginning of the 20th century. I liked this book but my book group hated it. Frankly, I think that most of them didn't make it past the first chapter and it would have grown on them if they had."
"This is one of the most original books I've ever read. I still use the central challenge in this book (writing as short a sentence as possible using all of the letters of the alphabet) to help clear my mind on those insomnia nights....I would post my copy of the book, but I REALLY don't want to get rid of it."
"I would count Kate Atkinson as one of my favorite authors. Her plots, her characters. I think she's a masterful author! And then, there's this book. Yecch. Couldn't get into it. I think that this book is supposed to be some clever literary piece. Perhaps that's the case, and I'm just not smart enough to get it. So, I hope others who are more intellectual than I will enjoy it."
"Vienna, 1910. The hunt for a killerbegins in the darkness of a hot August night, when an 18 year old girl is found brutally murdered near the Imperial Palace....this book feels like it was written in the early part of the 20th century, though it was published in 2000"
"Hmmm. I guess I'm in a minority here, but I thought this book was unsatisfying (to use a charitable adjective). I am a big Christopher Moore fan and was ready for another spectacularly funny book, but, by the time I got to about Act 3 (of the 5 acts) I felt like I was only reading the book out of duty rather than pleasure. The plot was hard to follow, the characters were flat, and, I hate to say it, but the comedy wasn't all that comical. Maybe I would have liked the book better if I had read King Lear more recently, but I really don't think that would have helped.
For people who love Christopher Moore already, of course, read this book. For those who aren't already his fans, though, PLEASE DON'T START with this one. Find Lamb or Blood-Sucking Fiends or even Fluke, for pete's sake, but if you start out reading this, I'm afraid you'll never pick up another Christopher Moore book, and THAT would be a tragedy!"