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Name : Valerie V.

My Reviews

All the Western Stars by Philip Lee Williams
Pointless, Adventurous, Unconvincing
interesting initially

This book was initially interesting, but it was not believable, it didn't get me to suspend my disbelief, either,m like some books can. By the end, it was just getting tiresome.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
a different look

A different look at the TVA dams built in the 1930's and the lives they disrupted. It also explored some of the more unusual types of characters who live in the mountainous regions of the south, but without the usual condescension and patronization.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
the law of unintended consequences

This book really draws you into the characters. It takes some unexpected twists and turns. The best thing about it is not necessarily the story (which is good) but the moral questions you come out of it with: What would you have done differently and when? How could good intentions have gone so bad?

Fun, Adventurous, Interesting

The premise of this sounded great. The execution--well, I found it really unconvincing and bizarre. I know some people find it funny, but it didn't really reach "funny" for me. It might have if they hadn't been so dark and extreme in the things the characters did--with apparently no remorse. The book had a curiously complete lack of morality of any kind.

The Silent Wife: A Novel by A. S. A. Harrison
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic
the characters...

The thing that stood out about this book for me was that it is perhaps the first book I've ever enjoyed where I really didn't like any of the characters. I think the reason for that is that while I didn't like the characters, they were developed in such a way as to be realistic and interesting. I could empathize with them (well, some of them) even though I didn't like them much.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
amazing detail

Larsen utilizes such great detail in his books. You feel as though you're actually there in teh time and place...

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic
Sad, but also inspiring

A beautifully written story of sadness, loss, and curiously, of hope.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
for those of us who weren't there

For those of us not really old enough to remember the 1960's, this is an eye-opening read. It has both the sadness of human cruelty and narrow-mindedness and the optimism of human strength and dignity. The author utilized great subtlety and finesse, which frankly, is not a common thing.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dark
so much I didn't know

Normally, the most interesting part of this book for me would have been the killer. Well, that part was interesting, but I was simply blown away by the exposition itself. I really had no idea of the scale and the drama of it. There were so many details about it that were just "Wow!" moments. So interesting!!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting

Lots of great historical detail.

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Slow, Dark, Insightful
I liked the story, and yet....

The main story was good. The detail about Germany from the end of WWI to the end of WWII was great. However, it moved slowly, and there was a lot of stuff that you just really wondered why it needed to be there. The rape scene, for example - is economic upheaval, insanity, death, Hitler, the Holocaust and two world wars not enough drama for you? At some point it began to feel a bit contrived or overdone.

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