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Living with a Time Bomb: Diabetes and MS Paperback – May 16, 2006
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The whole story was an OVERVIEW / SUMMARY of what was happening in Selma's life. "She was diagnosed with diabetes AROUND one year old", etc. If you're the creator of this story, shouldn't you know when Selma was diagnosed? And couldn't there be some kind of storyline surrounding the diagnosis? Or how she dealt with the illness growing up? The only reference I got to type 1 diabetes was about how she "sometimes went low". But, there were no accompanying descriptions about how EXACTLY she FELT during these low episodes. No descriptions at all.
Why couldn't we get some dialouge between Selma and Annie? Maybe explain how Annie started getting seizures. Maybe then I'd feel connected to them- like they're my neighbors or friends.
The only times Ms Rains became in depth with the story was during the court scenes in the middle of the book. The dialogue there was strong, but it was usually during the most unimportant (to the story) times. For example, how many times do I need to read one of the attorneys asking the same question in different wording? I understand that it gets repetitive. You don't have to force me to read it over and over again.
And why did the trial take over the entire book? I thought this book was a story about how Selma deals with her illness? But instead, it became a court hearing about chemical solvents and how exposure to them causes MS to form. If I wanted this kind of information, I would have looked it up on the internet or in books and articles. Ms Rains even went so far as to copy pieces of articles into the meat of the book, and site them at the end.
During these times, what I really wanted to read was what Selma was thinking- what she was talking about with her sister, what she was experiencing inside her head- how she acted, maybe even how she dressed. I never once got an image of any of the characters in my head. None of them were well developed to a point where I thought I might "know" them.
The entire story was a summary of Selma's life. The whole book would have been much better if there was dialogue- and if an editor checked her time tenses. It switched between past to present without warning.
It was a great idea... even the court scene could have been interesting and insightful, if it was developed around intriguing characters and a well constructed storyline. Otherwise, it seems like this book is about PERC (the dry cleaning solvent). Type 1 diabetes is hardly mentioned at all- and through this story, I get the impression that it's really not a big deal.
Personally, I know that Type 1 IS a big deal.
I also do not have any idea how hard, exactly, MS is. If you're going to put a big red symbol on the front cover stating: "Diabetes and MS"- I mean, you even put it in the title... then I, as your consumer, expect to have some details in there.
The whole book was a PERC trial. There was nothing entertaining about it, and it was nearly like reading an encyclopedia. You skim through to the interesting parts and then put it away.
I got nothing from this. I feel bad saying these things because I get the impression that the story was very personal to Dianne Rains, but I did not enjoy reading this book at all. I'm truly sorry. I just was expecting a STORY- and that is not what I got.
If this book was listed as a court/ trial fiction story (and not one about coping with diabetes and MS), then it may have received the attention that it was seeking.