Miniature Reviews

Its finals time at Purdue… so that means that I have been reading even more than normal to avoid studying.  I really enjoyed so many of these books that I wanted to share some of my thoughts about them.  However, I didn’t think I’d have enough time to write full reviews for all of them, so I’ve decided to write a few mini reviews for all of you!

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

life after life

While I loved this book, and couldn’t put it down while I was reading it, when I was finally finished I realized that the story as a whole fell a little flat.  The theory behind this book is so interesting, a girl who lives her own live in thousands of different ways, constantly living and dying.  However, when a  character’s story keeps restarting instead of evolving it is hard to get truly involved with the characters.

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

murder of magpies

While I don’t usually enjoy mysteries the setting of this novel, part of the London publishing world, drew me in right away.  My favorite part of this novel was the characters.  Sam is surrounded by a strange cast of characters, from a gothic secretary to Sam’s domineering mother. The only downside to this book was its tendency to drag on by being just a little too descriptive.

The Cove by Ron Rash

the cove

This book takes place  during World War 1 and though it is first and foremost a love story, much of the novel focuses on the grim reality of war and how it affects even those tucked into a cove in rural Appalachia.   My favorite part of the novel is how well Rash paints a picture of a small town in the midst of war hysteria and gripped with superstition.  I really enjoyed this novel, but it did seem to run a bit long for the simplicity of it’s storyline.


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