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The Birthing House: A Novel Hardcover – August 4, 2009
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- ASIN : 0312385846
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 4, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312385842
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312385842
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.48 x 1.17 x 9.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,023,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first 3/4 of the book was slow and gloomy where the characters were introduced. Though there was some background, I still didn't get a feeling for any of the characters except for the little bit of craziness that was the protagonist. I didn't get a feeling for his wife, the neighbor girl, or the long lost love. And the actions of the main character were kinda' mind boggling - I couldn't relate at all.
The last 1/4 of the book was fast-paced and may have made a nice short story in itself with a few changes. If the latter part of the novel were interwoven with the former, the book as a whole would have been more enjoyable and the pace may have made more sense than "snooze" and then "pow."
I did enjoy certain scenes in which the author was enjoyably descriptive, "Because what makes `em haunted ain't just in the walls and the floors and the dark rooms at night. It's in us. All the pity and rage and sadness and hot blood we carry around. The house might be where it lives, but the human heart is the key."
These descriptive scenes, though, also had their opposite in minimalism, "In the car, her scent. Like she had spilled vanilla extract on her shirt. Made him think of ice cream. Milkshake girl. It was going to be a long ride." I'm sorry, but short choppy sentences not a paragraph make.
Unfortunately, not just a long ride, but a long read.