Glenn Beck is a hard pill to swallow even if your opinions mostly line up with his. It took a while for me to get used to his radio personality and take it as entertainment. The past few years, though, the entertainment has given way to wet-blanket style expository monologues that can freak you out if you let them. This book was one big expository monologue disguised as fiction. The plot was almost non-existent. The characters were mostly Glenn Beck split into 4 different people and then one bad guy to expose the other side THROUGH MORE WET-BLANKET DIALOGUE. There were only a few moments of actual storyline or plot. One thing the writers forgot about an actual Overton Window is that it’s SUBTLE. This book is anything but.
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Sometimes I wonder how honest to be in book reviews. This book makes me think twice, (even thrice – just had to use that word), about the review. Why? Because the author has such great intentions and means to uplift and encourage the reader and I appreciate and respect that so it’s hard to post honest comments about the flaws. I guess I will start with… this book is uplifting and encouraging. It reminds women of how important our roles are and how imperfect those perfect-looking Superwomen around us really are.
But…the writer tries too hard. I remember reading a passage in Jane Eyre that was so long without a stop that I wondered if the sentence would ever end. Some of the passages in this book remind me of that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty style! One where the vocabulary and lilt are more like prose than narration, but it’s unnecessary in a book that reinforces a simple and down to earth way of living and a humble attitude toward life. It’s too flowery and the LDS cliches are…well, cliche. I did laugh at them on occasion because I recognized the traits in myself or a fellow sister. As I stated before, overall, this book did uplift and encourage. I just appreciated the wisdom more than the wit.
[After writing the above review, I realized there was one other thing that may have had some influence...I listened to this book on CD and the narrator was a woman from Utah. As a not-originally-from-Utah LDS person, now living in Utah, the vernacular was a bit distracting. Not all LDS women 'fill' the spirit or go to a yard 'sell' or get the 'mell'. I bet the author doesn't speak like that, not being from Utah. The book was in first person and the narration felt a bit off. ]
Made a trip to the library today and stocked up on a couple hard copy books and a couple audio books. Gotta say, I’m liking this challenge already, although I need to finish Crossed by Ally Condie in 3 days.
Here’s my “2012 book-a-week” to-read list so far.
City of Ash
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