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This review is from: Beginner's Greek: A Novel (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)I've been reading so many bad books lately, I now start each book very skeptically. I'm ready to criticize any dialogue that doesn't ring true. I have begun to expect scenarios that seem contrived. Furthermore, I received an advance copy of this book. The last advance copy of a book I received was SO bad, that I expected this one to be the same.
Thankfully, I was wrong here. This book was actually pretty good. It didn't start out strong, though. I had to wade through several chapters until it found its rhythm.
One of the first things I noticed was that the protagonist of the story, Peter, didn't seem like any male I ever have known. The author characterized him in such a way that I assumed he was going to be rather nerdy throughout the book. Later, however, it was clear that Peter was just an upstanding and goodhearted guy who was also intelligent, witty, and well-adjusted. Somehow, I didn't get this impression when we first met Peter. He came off as neurotic, instead.
Another thing that really bothered me was everyone's excessive obsession with looks and contrived expressions and reading each expression and actively putting on a certain expression to elicit a certain response. This was very strange to read in the earlier part of the book. Yet, I can't really find any fault in it, because some of the whole forced expression thing seemed to ring true in the sense I could picture everything the author wrote. Also, towards the second part of the book, as the book really got better, this seemed to work more favoribly.
Overall, though, I really liked this book (towards the second half) and I liked how the characters were actually fleshed out and interesting. I found it easy to sympathize with the characters and began to actually cheer for them.
Beginner's Greek could have used some better editing. There were a few continuity errors which should have been caught in one of the review cycles.
All in all, this was a pretty fun book to read. The bad guys get their comeuppance and the good guys find their happily ever afters. And some of the characters who you think may be a bit unscrupulous, actually wind up doing the Right Thing. I definitely enjoyed this enough to recommend it.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2009 12:21:30 AM PDT
M. Thompson says:
This book was totally different than what I have read recently. The beginning half was very boring and I almost gave up on it. Then I could hardly wait to get back to reading it again. I guess one must read it because it is not the usual read. It becomes uppity in parts. It is definitely worth reading.
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