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Review Date: 12/3/2015
I get it as political commentary, and some of it was rather funny, such as the way that the commandments were slyly altered. I also give it points for being short and to the point. But this is one to read for education rather than entertainment, I feel, and since I am aiming for the latter these days, this only gets 2 stars from me.
Review Date: 4/10/2015
Bad timing for this book. I feel like if I had read it on another occasion I would have loved it, but I just finished grad school, and this was too ... introspective, I guess. I am more in the mood for mindless fun right now.
Read this for book club. If it hadn't been for book club, I think I would have given up on it. So I pushed through it even though I couldn't relate to the protagonist (if you would call him that) on any level.
I did like the pie-in-the-face incident and some of the writing, but DeLillo's overuse of the word "what" drove me nuts.
Review Date: 10/17/2015
This is what I consider Gateway Fantasy - no dragons, elves, wizards, orcs, etc. It has a curse, a demon, and five gods, all within a world of Bujold's creation, but mostly the book is about politics and religion with a bit of romance thrown in.
This story kind of snuck up on me. The first few chapters were ho hum, and for a while I was considering ditching the book. I don't even know what point it was that I stopped thinking about whether the book was worth my time and just started enjoying it. The somewhat boring setup all comes into play later in the book rather brilliantly, so I felt my patience (such as it was) was well rewarded.
Despite all the intrigue and deaths and somberness, I laughed out loud several times. Bujold hit just the right balance, I think.
Review Date: 6/4/2015
I really enjoyed this story. Quick paced mystery with some great twists. And yay for the Oklahoma setting!
Review Date: 6/11/2014
One of my favorite novels. Beautifully written coming-of-age story of Astrid, a young lady who must navigate the foster system when her powerful, acidic mother goes to prison for murdering a man.
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