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It's quite interesting... if you manage to endure the first half!,
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This review is from: The Casual Vacancy (Kindle Edition)
So first of all when you set out to read this, and you're a Harry Potter fan, you need to realize this is NOT Harry Potter in any way. You could have read a hundred novels with adult language, but seeing a couple of swear words from JK Rowling will definitely be shocking at first! You must get over all this if you want to enjoy the book.
The Bad: The story starts out with a spiral of characters and setups. It doesn't slow down either, you are bombarded with characters, their descriptions, and small stories of their past. What makes it difficult to keep up is that every couple of pages or so, you are moved to a totally different setup with a bunch of new characters. This could have been fine if it wasn't as frequent. It gets very confusing and you almost want to give up because you feel like you're at 30% and still don't have a clue who this is or what's going on. You mustn't!
The Good: It's really amazing, and quite fun seeing how all this chaos gets sorted out and related to each other slowly towards the end. After you endured the first half, you really get along with the characters even though they're not very lovable but you start to understand them better and would really want to go on. I just liked how the plot was tangled and then brilliantly cleared out. The way every small event and action made sense in the overall shaping of each character and their decision becomes very clear, it all makes sense!
Overall, I gave it 3 stars because it's not exactly annoying to read, but then again it's not the greatest there is out there either. It's worth a read, if you're willing to push yourself over the first half till you start rolling with it in the second half.
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Initial post: Oct 18, 2012 8:43:38 AM PDT
Mrs. E. S. Turner says:
Completely agree 100%! :-)
Posted on Nov 2, 2012 6:27:21 PM PDT
Sharon Ho says:
OMG I said the same thing in my review. Hahaha I thought I was the only one who felt that way, that you have to get through the first half before things picked up...and I was, like you, pretty frustrated when I was about 30% through.
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