Joined: May 22, 2002 Posts: 1364 Location: England x
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:41 pm Post subject:
Hope you are all well. So sorry I haven't been around for the past couple of weeks. I've not been too well, and have also spent a week over at my boyfriend's house, and then we went away for a little holiday.
I finished The Girls while I was staying with my boyfriend, and really loved it! It was so sad, and so realistic. Rose & Ruby's relationship was very authentic, and so touching.
Could we all read "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen next? Would you guys like to read along?
Joined: Mar 11, 2003 Posts: 702 Location: London x
Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:03 pm Post subject:
I've just finished "Garden spells", shortly after reading "The girls" to catch up with you all. Very interesting to compare two novels about sisters, and how different they are . . . I enjoyed "The girls" very much, and liked the many surprises as stories and anecdotes were turned on their heads by another point of view, or the girls re-evaluated their own experiences as they grew older and matured in understanding.
"Garden spells" wasn't a patch on that. For me the characters were terribly thinly drawn and cartoon-like. I didn't like the magic either - partly that's just taste, and I much prefer realistic writing to fantasy, but I didn't see the point of it here, unlike books like "One hundred years of solitude" on things by Isabel Allende where "magic" is used more meaningfully.
But perhaps I am being over-harsh. The fact I read the book all the way through goes to show how entertaining it was, and perfect to see me through a couple of hours of lying awake sleepless in the middle of the night. There is certainly a time and place for an undemanding read! It was fun to try a novel I would probably never have chosen for myself.
Anyone else read it yet? Hope I haven't put you off if you haven't!
I finished reading Garden Spells over the weekend. I actually really enjoyed it - a surprise as I didn't really expect to. Once I'd got into it and I knew that her Sydney's would come to find her I almost felt a sense of foreboding or when it did happen.
The idea of a magic tree where people are gifted with certain "magic" gifts really appealed to my imagination.
I was a bit disappointed at the end as I felt it was all rushed and didn't quite tie up all the loose ends neatly. It just seemd to end abruptly. I would book by her again though.
Would love to hear what others thought.
If anyone doesn't mind, I'd like to suggest reading "Book Thief" by Markus Zusak ( I think that's how you spell it) my sister in law is a member of a book club in Australia and recommended the book.
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