It was OK. It was quirky enough to keep me interested, but I would not recommend it. There wasn't enough character development for me to really care about the characters one way or another.
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What I liked most about the book was that I kept thinking about it for many days after I finished it, which doesn't always happen with me and novels. There was enough enigma and ambiguity to keep me interested. I would recommend the book to in-person book clubs, since as we've seen here, there is quite a bit to discuss. Among my friends, I would make selective recommendations based upon what I know of their individual tastes. When I finished the book, i was quite happy that i received it for the book club, rather than as one I would have to review, as I'm not sure how I would have structured my review t have it not be almost as long as the novel!
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I am with juliaa, I think it would make an interesting book club read as there are many discussions trails to follow. That being said, I can only think of one individual friend I would actually recommend it to, it is a little quirky and underdeveloped as debrals said earlier. I cannot say that I have thought much about the story since I finished it (other than to contribute to these discussions). None of the characters had a long term effect on me.
Join Date: 06/16/11
I was not particularly fond of the book. It was sort of too quirky and neither George not Irene were people I felt engaged with or cared about nor even particularly liked. The references and info on astronomy were interesting to me since I know little about it. I can not say I would recommend the book.
Join Date: 07/14/12
I would recommend it to some of my friends, but certainly not all. I actually liked it quite a bit - enjoyed Irene and George's (and Belion and Kate's) sudden romances, and the swing of the characters between factual science and utter fantasy. Yes, the book shifts all over the place, but that added to its appeal for me.
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I did not care for it. None of the characters were likable and I really did not connect with any of them. The writing was O.K, not great. I am in a book club but would not recommend it as a "good read" There are so many great books out there that I hate for the story to end; this one I couldn't wait to finish it so I could I could be done with it.
Join Date: 04/17/14
Yes, I very much enjoyed the book and have recommended it already. I liked that the story is multi-generational with the actions of the mothers influencing their children's destinies. The underlying tragic tale of Bernice and Sally gives a nuanced richness to what could have been simply a quirky romance novel.
Join Date: 06/19/12
I'm with joyces and kate. "Quirkiness," which the author seems to strive for, only gets you so far. I didn't see a lot a real depth in the characters, and the plot felt like it was composed of rabbit trails. Most people with whom I share reading recommendations would not enjoy this book any more than I did.
Join Date: 04/21/11
I didn't 'specially like the book. The crazy things the characters did gave me a lot of "huh?s." It was just too unbelievable and unhinged to enjoy. (Think of Irene's conception.) And absolutely I know of no one I'd suggest this book to.
I'm not saying it won't be a seller and not enjoyable--but only to certain readers.
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For most of the book, I simply could not "get into it." For me, there was a lack of depth. The story line moved too slowly. I found a myriad of excuses not to return to it. In fact, were it not for my commitment to this discussion, I may not have finished -something that has rarely happened in my reading life. But, once I DID finish, I decided it was a worthwhile read. However, because it took so long to find a desire to finish the book, I cannot think of anyone I'd recommend it to.
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