life after life

why i wanted to read it: because for erin’s book challenge, i had to read something that dealt with time travel, and i didn’t want to reread the time traveler’s wife (even though i love that book). i remembered this one got rave reviews and thought i’d give it a shot. i listened to the audio book on cd. was cramming because the challenge is almost over and i’m determined to finish the fucker.

what i liked: since i listened to the thing rather than reading it i didn’t get to mark pages. i figured if something really struck me or if enough things piqued my interest, i’d buy the book for my library and find the things.

i liked the premise of the story… of all the ways a life could play out. how one small thing — walking on a road at a certain time, for example — can cause huge ripples of change.

i was most interested in the story at the last of the fifth disc and the beginning of the sixth. that part of the plot (and i don’t want to mention specifics because it’s the ONLY part of the plot that i can recommend, the only time the author succeeds in engaging me, the only time she establishes great conflict and makes me feel for the character) is REALLY good. the rest of it…

what sucked: overall, the book is boring as hell. like seriously boring. like i found myself screaming at my stereo good god, just die already. the main character never knows happiness for too long any ANY of the lives she’s given. and the end… UGH. pissed me off. a friend suggested that she’s not really the main character, that a sibling is, and that pissed me off even more.

having said that: bollocks! don’t read it. just don’t.

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