Monday, October 1, 2007

Review: The Eyre Affair

*cross posted from my book blog.

I read this one for the Something About Me challenge I'm hosting. I really wanted to like it. I tried to like it. I did finish it, although it took me absolutely forever. It's about a female literary detective of sorts that pursues literary mysteries. A person who loves books should love this book!

I didn't love it, though. It has a pretty distinct science-fiction type flavor, with a bizarre world that is unrecognizable. Part of my dislike was that I felt like this imaginary world wasn't described well enough. The book is supposed to be set in 1985, but it's not like the 1985 I lived through. So what happened? How did the world get in such a state? I guess it's really not necessary to describe - you just have to let go and accept that this is a totally different world and just get into it. But I just couldn't. I liked the characters well enough, and I wanted to read to the end and make sure the bad guy got taken care of. But I just couldn't suspend my "reality" enough to fall into this crazy book world.

It probably has something to do with all the stuff that's going on in my life right now. I have little patience for reading anyway, and then this book was a little too much imaginary work. So if you have this on your list, don't give up. You might have a totally different experience. I might even try the second in the series at some point when my life isn't so crazy, who knows?

I only have one more to go from my original list of 6!


twiga92 said...

I'm sorry you didn't like it. I absolutely loved this book! I've started the 2nd book already. But it's not for everyone's taste.

valentina said...

I loved it too!Obviously, it was one of my books about me:)
You have to accpet that that world is different from ours, it's like a parallel world, a bit in the past, a bit in the future, and some crazy stuff happening!
At times it was confusing, but I guess it get's better if you read the others in the series, cause many things are going to be explained or developed.

Lisa said...

Ok, I'm going to read the next one at some point. I like the premise, I think I was just not in the right mood or something!