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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County Paperback – Bargain Price, January 25, 2010
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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is a charming, endearing read. In my opinion Truly was the prettier of the two sisters. Truly is beautiful both on the inside as well as the outside. She had a big heart that reached everyone; no matter whether they liked her or not. Serena Jane could have sided with the rest of the town and rejected her sister but she loved her sister and it showed in the end. Tiffany Baker shows just how talented she is with her debut novel The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. Tiffany has just gained a fan in me.
For one thing, many of the characters in Little Giant are almost cartoonishly unbelievable. I'm prepared to believe that a child who has the misfortune to be born with gigantism in a small town in upstate New York would be teased mercilessly by all the other children in the town, and that many of the adults in the community would behave in an uncaring way toward her. But I find it hard to believe that virtually all of the adults in the town -- including the doctor, the schoolteacher, and the minister's wife -- would be so repulsed by the child's appearance that they would be not just uncaring, but almost pathologically hostile to her.
For another thing, the book is badly written, with breathtakingly banal observations about life (which the author seems to think are original and profound) appearing on almost every page. The author's most annoying stylistic tic is her tendency to make up extremely strained metaphors (or, as she would probably describe them, metaphors as strained as a weak teabag). By the time I got to "Truth is like a blunt hoe", near the end of the book, I wished I had a blunt hoe to attack the book with. Where was the editor who could have nipped this metaphor-mania in the bud, like a gardener with a pair of secateurs? (Oh, no -- now she's got me doing it, too!)
I really hated this book but a friend recommended it--because I like "dark and quirky books"-- so I had to finish the thing. Let me be clear that I always appreciate good writing, no matter the genre or theme.
Egads, this book simply tries too hard! It's overworked on the sentence level and underworked at the plot and theme levels.
The folks who warned about the annoying (over)use of uninspired similes and metaphors weren't exaggerating. The story is predictable, the foreshadowing is unsubtle and repetitive, and the characters lack depth. And despite being as different from each other as possible, the characters are all kind of the same, somehow.
At the very least I hope I've convinced you to use the 'look inside this book' feature.
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