I really was not impressed with this book. The characters never developed. The story seemed contrived. It *could* have been good. It *sounded* like a good, fun, lighthearted read. Oh well. At least it didn't take long to read!
This book was hard to get into. The author uses so much description that the plot gets lost at first. It does pick up as the book moves along, but it is still very, very descriptive. In the end, I can see why he wrote the way he did, but that doesn't mean the book improves in my estimation. It is a good story - very emotional once it gets going, with a plot twist or two that really do add depth. I'm glad I read it, but I can't say I recommend it.
This is my first read of this author and I wasn't impressed. It was supposed to be a mystery, but it wasn't much of one. She tried to throw in a little romance, but it was forced, and the main romantic interest barely made it into the plot. The multitude of ridiculous occurrences was amusing, but the plot was hollow and I never came to care about any of the characters.
What a fantastic story. I saw the movie first, and then had to read the story. The movie was actually very true to the story. I was impressed with Proulx' use of language and description, and how such a short story could leave you feeling like you knew a huge piece of these men's life.
I picked up this book, thinking it would be a good trashy erotica story - just what I was in the mood for. Well, I got more than I bargained for. Yes, there were the requisite sex scenes, but there was a whole lot more. The story is actually quite deep and thought provoking. It engages your emotions and makes you feel - happy, angry, bittersweet, sated - throughout. Sometimes the author seemed to stumble a bit finding the right words to express a feeling, but that only made the book more endearing. I found myself wondering what I would do if my husband became disabled...how my house and my life would change. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys both erotica and an engaging story.
A totally silly little book that doesn't take itself too seriously and was a lot of fun to read! A few steamy scenes keep it in the Blaze category. I'll be looking up this author to see if her others are as enjoyable.
This is one of the few books that I've started that I just couldn't get through. It gave me nightmares. The writing style wasn't easy to me...it seemed as if the author was being crude for the sake of being crude. Now, I know things in the setting of the story were difficult and were crude, but I thought the story could have been written better. Crudeness can be used to emphasize, rather than in everything just for the heck of it!
This book was not nearly as good as I expected. I have a wonderful relationship with my husband and thought this book would give us tips on continuing that. Not so. It is more for women who have married apes. Without being too harsh, I think it may be somewhat useful for someone who is having communication troubles and is at the end of her rope. But not for someone just looking to enhance the relationship.
I think this book is a bit overrated. I felt impatient through the first parts of the book, as the foreshadowing was heavy. Then the "event" was revealed and the book was over. A quick read. I think the writing was good and that this author has promise, though!
A cute little mystery. The first chapters were overly full of descriptions and dragged on, but eventually she got the story going. Nothing too deep here, but a fun read. I plan to read the next in the series.
I tried a couple times to get into this book, and I just couldn't. I didn't care for the main character from the get-go and it didn't get any better after a few chapters. Just not my cuppa tea, I guess!
Interesting book. It took me a chapter or two to get into it, but then I pretty much flew through the rest. A look at the world from a teenage boy's point of view, during the summer, when his mom has forbidden him to get a job.
This book was not as good as I wanted it to be. From the beginning, it bothered me that she already had the book deal before she went on the trip. Somehow, that cheapened the experiences. There were moments when I laughed out loud, but most of the time the writing was unexceptional. A lot of the time I felt that the author had a heightened sense of self-importance. This is not a book I will recommend for anyone to read.
This is NOT one of Irving's better novels. I have read many and have enjoyed them all, until this one. The premiss was intriguing, but the execution is just not up to his usual greatness. If you'd like to read Irving, don't start with this one! And if you like Irving, you probably don't want to take time to read this one either.