Review: The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
My rating: TBD

This book came so highly recommended, but I’m having a lot of trouble getting through it. The book is very well written and I like the fantasy subplot running through the story. I’m mostly having a problem with the structure of the book.

The Bone Clocks is basically a collection of first person short stories about people that interact with the main protagonist of the story. The first “short story” is about Holly Sykes. And then when her story is just getting good, her segment ends. We then jump in time to a new character that seemingly has no connection to Holly Sykes. Then once we see how his story intersects with Holly’s and gets interesting, his segment ends. Then again with a new character introduction!

Each time a character story ends, I’m taken out of the book. And every time, I have to meet a new character and figure why I should care about this person. And seeing as how each of the characters are pretty shitty people, going through these introductions are especially boring. It takes chapters before I can bring myself to care about these people. Then when I finally get interested in the characters, they’re gone. It’s such a tease.

I might like this structure more if the stories at least meant something on their own. Each of the stories feel like random events that only exist to give us hints at what’s going on in the fantasy subplot, which is technically the main plot.

So the choppy nature of the story, the unheroic point-of-view characters, and the ephemeral nature of their appearance makes it really hard for me to care. Right now, I feel like the only reason I’m still reading this book is to figure out why so many people like it.

But this book has taught me one thing so far. I learned that I don’t actually like short stories. I’m very picky about what I read. I almost never read, or even watch, anything unless I have some idea what I’m getting into. With collections of short stories, you don’t generally know what you’re getting. You just have to jump in and hope there’s something to catch you. I’m just not that trusting…

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Review: 3:10 a.m.

3:10 a.m.
3:10 a.m. by Nick Pirog
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hilarious little books. This is the 2nd amazing book about Henry Bins. A man with a crazy medical condition, awesome cat, and a knack for getting mixed up in deadly conspiracies involving high government officials.

They’re just ridiculous enough to be awesome!

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Review: The Here and Now

The Here and Now
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I almost didn’t read this book. All the reviewers on here seemed to hate it.

I don’t read many romance novels. I only read teen dramas if they get super popular. And I’ve never read anything by Ann Brashares before. I only read this because a friend recommended to me, and I’m a sucker for time travel stories.

I went into this more for the science fiction than the romance. Judging by the reviews, I guess that’s what made it work for me. A lot of the reviewers complain angrily about the “instalove” the main characters, Prenna and Ethan. Which makes no sense to me. They knew each other for about a year and a half when stuff started getting interesting between them. And Ethan had 2.5 years of dreaming about Prenna before that. Meeting a naked girl that falls out of wormhole would make an impression on any guy.

But in all the other reviewers defense, this is not a traditional romance. And I’m betting it’s very different from Ann Brashares other works. Anyone going into this book with exceptions along those lines were probably disappointed.

That said, this was a good science fiction novel. Anyone that doesn’t like SciFi, may not like it.

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Review: Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea
Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I usually like O’Malley’s work. It always about something worth while. The characters are always dealing with the same everyday yet complicated crap that I’m dealing with. This book had that too, but it was lacking in other places.

It didn’t have the action, drama, and humor of Scott Pilgrim or Seconds. Which is a big let down. And I didn’t much like the ending. Without giving anything away. It got a bit unbelievable. I lost faith in the story when the characters started acting ridiculous. And then the ending got all rambly and, in my opinion, didn’t have a satisfactory conclusion.

I give it a resounding meh.

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