Book Review- Dark Places

SPOILERS!!!!

Gillian Flynn is amazing, but boy does she HATE women! She really does. In every book, the man is innocent in the end, but you begin to hate him or love him…I love her books. I really do. I LOVED Gone Girl. I was alright with Sharp Objects. I had some personal issues with it (how was she COVERED with scars? How did she get them even on her back?)

But, plot for this book is about Libby, who is really short and lives off money from her murdered family, who was murdered by her brother. She is older, and has run out of money. Instead of getting a job, as she is depressed (again, a theme which Flynn does amazing but I’ve already seen it once), she decides to basically sell off her family things to a group which is convinced her brother wasn’t guilty. Flynn does well with this, she conveys how jealous Libby was feeling.

Interestingly, she decides to find out if her brother is really guilty. I wish Flynn hadn’t focused as much on how she would be committing perjury if she revoked her claim. Clearly she wouldn’t have been. SHE WAS SEVEN. Instead, Flynn could have given more attention towards how Libby handled the visit. I felt sort of…incomplete.

Well, turns out Libby’s brother was guilty by association, and he was protecting the mother of his unborn child, who had murdered one of the kids, while a crazed insurance man messed up and murdered the rest of the family. Great plot, great twist.

Why was I bummed at the end? Because it just felt…rushed. Like it was a clean ending, but I wanted a little more on Dan (the brother). I wish she had given just a little more attention to the satanic rituals. I wish she had given a bit more on Dan in general, more like what prison was like, more about how he felt. I wish she had given more care towards Libby’s attachment issues. Yes, she does talk about this, but just not in the manner I had hoped for.

And I wasn’t sure how Libby felt at the end. It stated it, but I still felt…blah.

Great plotline, very complex, I loved the dynamics, loved the visuals of farm life. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it left me feeling incomplete at the end, and not in the manner of which I would be thinking about it.

A Book Review- Othello

-SPOILER FREE-

OH GROAN. SHAKESPEARE.

One of my friends made me read Shakespeare. She said I would love reading Othello.

I was NOT thrilled. I’ve read Romeo and Juliet, King Richard III, Midsummer’s YAWN!

I just can’t get into it. I’m not a poetry person at ALL. In fact, I usually skip poetry when I come across it.

And what is Shakespeare but POETRY massed with BIG, UNUSED, words. Gag!

I’m sure I’ve already lost some huge Shakespeare fanatics. I’m sorry. He was a cool guy, LOVED him in the Doctor Who episode…err. I get when someone references him typically. And I’ve tried, and I tried again.

I hated Othello in the beginning. I gave up and read a plot line on Wikipedia and tried to use that to fool my friend. She caught me.

Ugh. So I sat down again, opened the book. And I was able to imagine it. I was able to picture what what happening. I started to get why people loved Shakespeare! Oh man, that was DEEP. I thought he was only popular thanks to old English teachers who were required to love him.

It’s a great love triangle. I don’t usually do the romantics. It’s alright, Shakespeare did a little romance but it wasn’t being shoved down my throat. It also goes into race, something I never really thought about being an issue. Honestly, I just didn’t think there would be that much communication between people to occur. I’m ignorant in that manner (I know slaves were a thing, I just didn’t think they could be freed and on their own/Moorish were also judged upon).

AND WHAT A SOCIOPATH Iago is! He’s hilarious, he really is. I don’t want to get too much into detail, but what he has people do…

I strongly recommend this book, of course, why would I write about it if I didn’t? Well, stay tuned. My next book review will be on Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. And that book…well, I was disappointed. Ish.

Yes, I binge-read. Yes I’m aware it’s a problem. No, I can’t quit.

Book Review- Room

In this review I am looking at Room by Emma Donoghue. This review will have spoilers regarding the plotline.

This book is yet another book which is right up my alley in terms of talking about psychology. It tells the story of a young boy who is quite precocious in terms of some of his abilities…however Jack, the young boy, is also stuck within a room unbeknownst to him. Jack lives with his mother in this room, occasionally visited by the Old Man who brings them treats. As the reader continues with the story, the reader realizes Jack and his mother are forced to live within this room and Jack has never left the room before.

Finally, the mother has enough and helps Jack to escape from the room (in a most interesting manner). The book then transitions from Jack’s simple life to one of which Jack is exposed to different sorts of sensory he has never experienced before. The book gives an accurate view of what it is like to have a sort of sensory processing disorder. The book also clearly paints a picture of who Jack is and who he becomes while still keeping the eyes of a child. The book also talks about the struggles the mother faces with this situation.

I feel this book has a strong potential for being used as a sort of case study. Donoghue did her research with this story and created a fairly accurate presentation towards how a child would react when being exposed to a new world. I do wish the story had somehow given a firsthand view of what the mother was experiencing as well. It would be interesting to see her side of the story and to see her growth within the story from a firsthand perspective.

Overall, I recommend reading this book. I highly recommend it for people in the profession of childcare.

Eventually I will have a book review in which I discuss a book I didn’t enjoy.

A Review- The Good Soldier

There may be spoilers contained within this review. I say may be as I do not view them as spoilers myself.

This book was written by Ford Madox Ford in 1915, and was recommended to me by a dear friend. Despite it’s confusing language and organization, I did enjoy it. I found it was very psychological in terms of emotions. I enjoyed this, and found myself creating a theory the main character (John) was a sociopathic murderer revealing his story in court while pretending to be elsewhere. I also wondered if John was in love with both Edward and with Leonora (at least, in love with her for a brief stint). These ideas are wonderful with Ford’s use of the unreliable narrator (however at times I felt I was an unreliable reader!).

The story has a lot of notes. I found reading a few in advance would help with the constant flipping back and forth. The plot is complicated yet simple. There are only around 6 characters in all which helped with following who was who. The plot is simply the story of two couples and their affairs…which there are a lot of affairs.

I do recommend this book however do not judge it by it’s size. It should take you a bit of time to read and then reread. It is great for someone who is interested in psychology as it gives a critical look at emotions. It is hard to get into at first so grit your teeth and read on!