Review: I think this was another case of the book being ruined by the movie for me. I also did not care for the narrator in the audiobook version. I really don't like when I am just waiting for a book to hurry up and end but I knew what was going to happen. I did not know this was a book before I saw the movie, and the movie I really liked. So I don't think this is a terrible book by any means but I just ruined it for myself.
Great idea for a story and I am glad that I got to read it. Read more
I really do not know what to make of this one -- it's bizarre and disjointed, with no clear message or even plot. But . . .
There are parts here that seem allegorical (sometimes heavy handedly so) -- broad statements on American life. Intentional? Or am I just desperate to find some kind of meaning? I really couldn't say.
So it's a challenging, frustrating story. I wish I could say that I liked it, but I just can't. It's unusual for me to find a book that is just too weird, but... Read more
Review: It's hard to review a book when you've read it as both a child and an adult. The kid in me still loves this book, but the older me isn't sure how much of that is genuine adoration and how much is just the rose-tinted glasses that color memories from that time in my life.
I first read this book in fifth or sixth grade, I think, and at the time it was exactly the sort of thing that appealed to me. Kids running around without any pesky adults to tell them what to do, and, despite their hards... Read more
Review: This is a work of post-apocalyptic fiction, but none of the people in it are fleeing zombies or bonding together to overcome terrible hardships or confronting their inner savage. They're all lazing on the beach, waiting for the daily fish catch to arrive, and forgetting. They're forgetting the past; they're forgetting the names of things; they're forgetting their own names. Even the bomb itself, according to Mr. Cheung, says "I will not remember." Mr. Cheung is the last link to the past in post-... Read more