Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Book reviews, consolidated

The Time Traveller's Wife

The Plot: Henry has the ability to spontaneously travel through time. He travels to meet Claire from the time she is six until she her death in her 80s. The book describes the developing relationship and Claire's struggles as she continually waits for Henry to come back to her.

The Good: A clever application of the device of time traveling, with excellent address of the paradoxes created. The relationship between Claire and Henry is very real--initially I felt it was a little pediophiliac, but Henry and Claire's characters develop together. My favorite thing about the book is the sense of helpless omniscience that time traveling bestows upon Claire and to Henry. They struggle with how to handle knowing pieces of what will happen (because it has already happened to them) but being unable to change anything.

The Bad: The supporting characters don't have the same substance to them that Claire and Henry do. (A minor complaint, but I couldn't put nothing.)

Rating: 4 and a half out of 5 stars. I can see this book being perfect for discussion groups.

The Little Prince - How special it makes us when we're loved!

The Good: It reads like a childrens' book, but has the depth of a parable. I love the story of the little prince and the fox. It reminded me of all of the cliches about your partner not being perfect, but being perfect for you, but in a much less irritating way. Thankfully, there's precious little preachiness. I wonder if Shel Silverstein was influenced by this.

The Bad: Nada

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bridget Jones's Diary

The Plot: A British chick calls herself pathetic a lot, then gets over it.

The Good: You actually start to like Bridget

The Bad: You don't really want to like Bridget. Especially since you lose all sympathy for her when she ends up marrying a hot millionaire.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Easy to read, but the movie is practically the book verbatim.

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