I didn't think this was quite as good as the Bridget Jones books, but Fielding definitely has a flair for heroines who get themselves into hilariously embarrassing situations. Anyone who likes British chick lit will enjoy it.
This book has many of the same characters featured in Flabbergasted, but easily stands on its own because the central character (narrator) is new to the cast. Besides being generally delightful, it has an uplifting message about how everyone has something to contribute to betterment of the world around us. I recommend it highly.
I've listened to the Satellite Sisters and Chaos Chronicles podcasts for years and although I pre-ordered the book, I have to admit that I was not sure whether it was going to be good or not. IT WAS TERRIFIC! It was well-written, funny, and fresh! Bravo, Lian!
Although it took me a couple of chapters to "get into" the story, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book. I learned a lot and really felt the characters were well-developed. I encourage anyone vaguely interested in this book to give it a try.
I agree with those who spoke about the book's slow start, but once they got onto the ship, the pace picked up. I loved the tale and took it completely at face value. THEN, when they did the interview at the end the whole thing turned around for me. I found it one of the most imaginative and clever books I've ever read. My son (age 12) was as captivated as I was.
This is a book taking current biological (transgenic) research to the Nth degree. It is a fascinating book from the conceptual point. The bibliography is just as impressive as the book. Anyone who wants to see where cloning and genetic manipulation could take us would be interested in the fictional account.
This is a great book for a beginning (or even intermediate) ballerina to see diagrams of movements and positions, view photos of professional dancers and learn terminology. It has something in it to intersest dancers from age 4 to adult.