Wednesday, November 11, 2009

UTF: Unable to Finish (1)

Don't you just hate when you can't get through a book? I know I do. I'm one of those people who has to read all the way through a book, otherwise I feel empty. I don't know how the story ends and it drives me crazy. Unfortunately, the last two books I have attempted to read have had to go into the "Unable to Finish" category. I hate that. I just couldn't finish them, though. I didn't want to completely banish them, so I'm doing two mini reviews about why it just didn't work out for me. (Book summaries not included)

Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
(HC/September 2009/Delacorte Press)

Andromeda Klein tells of the story of, you guessed it, Andromeda Klein. It sounded interesting enough, but by page 30 I'd heard so many random terms that made absolutely no sense - even with the glossary in the back- that I just couldn't take it. Oddball characters are fine, but she was so odd that I had no idea what she was talking about. She just kept going on about occultism and her dead friend. I was already bored and frustrated, so it wasn't happening.

Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
(PB/February 2009/Square Fish)

This could have been a really great book. I liked the writing style - it felt sophisticated, somehow. Plus, the plot seemed cool. A select few go into the Place, capture dreams, and feed them to the public. It would have been cool if we'd heard about it, by oh you know, the 100th page. I was past 100 pages and Lauren still hadn't had her Try to see if she could enter the Place. That's all the book had been talking about, yet we still hadn't found anything out yet. I'm an impatient person, and I just couldn't wait any longer, so I gave up. -sigh- Maybe someone with more patience would enjoy this, but I couldn't make it through. Good idea and writing, slow execution.


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