Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Book CoverEveryone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
My Rating: 1.5-Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: out now
Formats: Kindle ($10), Paperback ($9), Hardcover ($12)

After 2.5 months of trying to be interested enough in this book to finish it, I finally conceded that I don’t care enough about the story to be bothered. I’ve been sitting at page 193 (not quite halfway through) for at least a month. Today I decided to skip to the final chapter and couldn’t even finish that.

What’s the problem? The writing is superb, the details succinct, the topic heavy. But… the characters are wooden. They don’t have much personality, and what’s there is either unlikable or bland. There’s no real hook at the end of each chapter, which makes it easy to put down if you don’t have a lot of time, but also gives you no reason to pick it back up. The dialogue is too witty too often, giving a feel of unrealistic banter.

I had high hopes for this book but it just wasn’t for me.

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Review: The Lottery (Short Story)

The LotteryThe Lottery by Shirley Jackson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Lottery is a great commentary on what can sometimes be the mindless adherence to tradition. Masterfully written with small yet important details popping in throughout. The tone and atmosphere that Jackson sets up belies the true depths of this dystopian society. I was awed and horrified by the ending (saying anything else would be a spoiler!).