Discussing the book... Spoilers

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skimom2

Just moseyin' through...
Oct 9, 2013
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No problem! Yeah, I totally agree with you. And something I’m not enjoying is the really predictable, tired gender stereotypes. For a ‘progressive’ novel (see the dedication to Sandra Bland, the Mitch McConnell quote, etc.) exploring humanity and the way the two genders interact, it sure clings pretty hard to gender stereotypes straight out of old TV sitcoms.

I love Steve’s writing. I love Owen’s writing. But this novel is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. These two can spin a yarn—I want to keep reading and see where it goes—but the politics is getting in the way of the story. And that’s coming from someone who, largely, agrees with the Kings politically.
Couldn't have said it better myself. It was a great story when they forgot to shove cliche'd stereotypes and ABC (simplistic) politics into the mix. And the end? REALLY not a fan. It's still men making the decisions, or women making their choices around men. Bleh. I liked Mr. King's bits quite a lot (pretty easy to pick out)--those are when the engine driving the machine work well. Things slow down when the tired, privileged-liberalism tropes are trotted out. Neither people or situations are as easy as "Woman good. Man bad."
 

skimom2

Just moseyin' through...
Oct 9, 2013
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Impossible. Politics and its repercussions always affect the world. How on earth can you build a character with depth unless s/he has some kind of opinion? If a story is set in the real world, there is no avoiding it. Considering how women are seen by a great many male politicians and how this book deals with women, it is pertinent.
I agree. Politics is part of life. In this novel, though, I found the political POV simplistic and very 'trope-ish'. I could care less about the Trump jabs--a famous person is ripe for the picking no matter what party. It's the take on sexual politics that bothered me. Very paternalistic and stereotype liberal. It felt squicky to me.
 

Sunlight Gardener

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Jul 22, 2013
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I struggled, struggled, struggled with this one, which is something I rarely do with SK stories. Literally took me 8 months to finish because I couldn't stay engaged long enough to read more than 5 or 10 pages at a clip. Then I wouldn't pick up the book again for weeks. I basically forced myself to read the last 200 pages this week so I could finish it. It is an interesting concept and I liked the character of Eve, but nothing else in the story really grabbed me and made me want to read it at big clips.

Not really sure why I couldn't get into it but it seemed like it dragged along for a good part of the book. It's not a bad book but I was relieved when it was done and I didn't have to feel like a bad SK fan for not finishing it after such a long time.
 

Baby Blue

Resident Wise Ass
Aug 16, 2017
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I struggled, struggled, struggled with this one, which is something I rarely do with SK stories. Literally took me 6 months to finish because I couldn't stay engaged long enough to read more than 5 or 10 pages at a clip. Then I wouldn't pick up the book again for weeks. I basically forced myself to read the last 200 pages this week so I could finish it. It is an interesting concept and I liked the character of Eve, but nothing else in the story really grabbed me and made me want to read it at big clips.

Not really sure why I couldn't get into it but it seemed like it dragged along for a good part of the book. It's not a bad book but I was relieved when it was done and I didn't have to feel like a bad SK fan for not finishing it after such a long time.
You are not alone.
 

Neesy

#1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side
May 24, 2012
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I struggled, struggled, struggled with this one, which is something I rarely do with SK stories. Literally took me 8 months to finish because I couldn't stay engaged long enough to read more than 5 or 10 pages at a clip. Then I wouldn't pick up the book again for weeks. I basically forced myself to read the last 200 pages this week so I could finish it. It is an interesting concept and I liked the character of Eve, but nothing else in the story really grabbed me and made me want to read it at big clips.

Not really sure why I couldn't get into it but it seemed like it dragged along for a good part of the book. It's not a bad book but I was relieved when it was done and I didn't have to feel like a bad SK fan for not finishing it after such a long time.
You are not alone.
I must admit that it's hard for me to continue reading this one as well - first time that has ever happened. Lisey's Story was tricky at first but eventually I did get into it. (Was hoping it would be the same with this one, but so far that hasn't happened).
 

rockerchick

Bella Donna
Aug 21, 2009
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What I liked best about Sleeping Beauties is that they mentioned my favorite novel, Atonement. My older sister and I both trained as nurses. There was also a girl named Cecilia in high school who stole my potential BF. Like Briony, I also had submissions rejected, but I learned from it and didn't let it stop me from writing.
 
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