Chris Y. (cyuknis) - Reviews

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Chasing Harry Winston
Chasing Harry Winston
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/15/2010


** spoiler alert ** My advice is do not waste your time. This was nowhere near as good as "The Devil Wears Prada." The characters are one-dimensional. The writing is terrible; it feels very contrived. Weisberger tells you how the characters are feeling without description so it just lacks any depth. The plot was predictable, and I was very upset when I realized the story was wrapping up without really having any kind of climax. I also felt that the plot was supposed to center on this "pact" ...more My advice is do not waste your time. This was nowhere near as good as "The Devil Wears Prada." The characters are one-dimensional. The writing is terrible; it feels very contrived. Weisberger tells you how the characters are feeling without description so it just lacks any depth. The plot was predictable, and I was very upset when I realized the story was wrapping up without really having any kind of climax. I also felt that the plot was supposed to center on this "pact" the girls made, but it really didn't. It seemed that the author was trying to make another "Sex in the City" but it was not even on the same planet.


Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship
Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship
Author: Cathie Beck
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/26/2011


The only reason I read this book through to the end is because it is for my book club. I guess maybe I was also hoping for a point that never arrived.

The people (characters) are so undeveloped that I don't really care what happens to either of them throughout the book. Denise is not fleshed out in a way that makes me really care about her and her MS. Through Becks writing, I actually dislike Denise, and I find it difficult to understand Beck's fascination with her.

In addition, I think that Beck tries to bring in her own upbringing to shed some light on how she grew into the person in the story. Unfortunately just telling me about the growing up without really showing me is not enough to pull me into the story and engage me with feelings. Or make me care. Which it didnt.

The side characters: John, Merle, Ricky, Edith, etc... are so one-dimensional it's painful. I really never had a sense of who John was and what Denises relationship with him entailed. I think thats why I wasnt too upset by her cheating. It felt like she had a non-marriage anyway. Especially at the end when he was in the hospital for reasons unknown and didnt seem to care that he was hurting.

Overall, I find Beck's writing style to be choppy and trite. There are many short paragraphs and terrible dialogue. Its almost like I wrote the book. (By the way, we have the same amount of training in how to author novels zero.)

Beck often changes topics or stories without any type of transition. There are also several conflicting statements that left me confused. But I didn't care enough about the story to go back and figure out why the conflict. I just counted down to the end so I could whine about it to my book club.

In short, I would only recommend this book to my enemies. It was a waste of my precious reading time.


Elsewhere
Elsewhere
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/14/2009


I loved this book! It is an engaging story and presents a different way of thinking about the afterlife. The major story is Liz accepting her fate and learning to live the life she has, knowing that it is finite. Beautiful message that we can all learn from.


The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Bk 1)
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Bk 1)
Author: Philip Pullman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/21/2009


This book is not as well written as Harry Potter or the Bartimaeus Trilogy, but it was okay. The story line got to be a little much - Lyra just didn't seem to be a believable heroine to me. There is a lot of action that keeps the book moving and is probably engaging for kids, but it isn't the best. I probably will not read the next two books. I would recommend instead: "The Bartimaeus Trilogy" by Jonathan Stroud or "The Giver" by Lois Lowry.


Madhouse : A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine
Madhouse : A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine
Author: Andrew Scull
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/2/2009


What promised to be an exciting and fascinating look into Psychiatry's roots proved to be somewhat dry and dense read.


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