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This review is from: The Host: A Novel (Hardcover)
I read 'The Host' and then right afterwards read 'Never Let Me Go' by Ishiguro, who also decided to obliquely tackle SF. The differences between this book and that are many, but the most obvious to me is also the most obvious problem with all of Meyer's works, not just this one: she is simply a mediocre writer. There was nothing whatsoever that held my attention about this book: the characters, the story, the action. I can barely remember what happened in it. Like some other reviewers, I, too, think the editing is appallingly weak, and just because a book is big doesn't mean it's good. But the worst offense is the simple lack of anything compelling happening in her stories. Pages go on and on without anything concrete happening, in either the exterior or the interior landscapes of the characters. I read this book because of a review I read online, but sadly it remained a waste of time.
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2011 11:12:09 AM PST
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Lisa Vogel says:
What a coincidence. I, too, finished Never Let Me Go not too long ago and, in my opinion, it is a far superior book. They both are slow moving in a sense, but I felt very gripped by what was left unsaid (but was still apparent) in Never Let Me Go. On the other hand, The Host was slow moving and, at least to me, boring once I got a sense of the different species (if that's the correct word) the characters represented. I could easily have done with two hundred pages less of The Host without missing anything in regards to the plot, and I could easily have enjoyed two hundred more of Never Let Me Go due to the characterization. I'm not sorry I read The Host. It helped me define my tastes of what I do and do not like. I won't be reading Stephanie Meyer again.
Posted on Mar 30, 2013 1:02:38 PM PDT
R. Johnson says:
Hi, I knew I wans't the only who thought this. Just because a book is thick doesn't mean it's worth reading! Lol
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