Saturday, February 09, 2008

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

5/10 - I'm surprised at James Patterson for putting this out. It seems really beneath him. It is utterly predictable, I could have told you the whole story after reading 3 pages. He also does something that I find incredibly irritating. I absolutely hate it when authors repeat themselves. I find it condescending, like the reader isn't smart enough to remember important points. It would get you through a plane ride, but I could think of way better.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

8/10 - It is rare that I find a book that I want to take my time with, this is an exception. I really enjoyed the poetry and spirituality of the writing. I found myself mulling over passages before moving on. I thought the journaling format was very effective. I especially loved that parts when he talked about his son and what he was doing. Those parts were especially warm. I did find myself wishing for more of a story interwoven in his thoughts. There were definite pieces of one, but they never really panned out. I also would have liked to hear the thoughts of the son when he grew and read the journal.