Monthly Archives: May 2009

New Moon – Stephanie Meyer

As I found the first in this series strangely compelling (Twilight), I thought I would try the second. I have to say if I wasn’t on a plane with nothing else to read and no movie to watch I wouldn’t have finished it. It was badly written (or perhaps edited) and Bella was simply annoying. I can see why teenage girls love this stuff – it’s like the soapiest soap. However, just because they like it doesn’t mean it’s good for them. Is anyone else disturbed by that fact that Edward is 100 and something and Bella only 18?

The first half is painfully slow and what is it teaching girls about relationship break downs? Just fall in a hole and stop living?

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Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

Well I finished and my thoughts are in a bit of a muddle. My first thought was that I hated the ended (and that only a man could come up with that ending). However, I’ve left it to simmer in my mind for a bit before deciding definitely if I liked it or not.

I thought Frank’s interior thoughts were brilliantly written (it is unusual for me to read a book with a – predominately – male point of view) and it was worth reading simply for the portrayal of the Wheeler’s relationship – such an earnest young couple.

Having written that I still found the ending too disturbing to recommend this novel to anyone.

I really bought this novel because I was keen to see the movie – I probably won’t see the movie now.

Here are some links for more…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Road

http://thebookladysblog.com/2008/12/10/book-review-revolutionary-road-by-richard-yates/

Next up The Secret Scriptures by Sebastian Barry.

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Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

I’m reading this … and loving it, but more later.

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