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And Falling, Fly (2010)

by Skyler White(Favorite Author)
2.99 of 5 Votes: 4
0425232344 (ISBN13: 9780425232347)
Berkley Trade
review 1: This book is beautifully written, with well-realized characters and interesting world-building. Unfortunately, there are a couple of elements that added up to a DNF, for me.First, the story is slow, slow, slow. After around the half-way point, we're still getting dribbles of setup and the two viewpoint characters have only just met. The events to that point have largely served to illuminate Olivia and Dominic's complex psychoses and include a number of otherwise irrelevant events that don't seem to connect with the broader story at all. If you are interested in their inner worlds, then this would probably be just fine. Unfortunately...The bigger problem is that neither main character is sympathetic and the world surrounding them is actively grim. Sex and desire are center ... morestage (though actual sex is remarkably absent) and often presented in the basest, darkest manner possible--all appetite and stripped of finer feeling. This is evocative, but weighty and becomes overbearing pretty quickly. None of the characters we'd met in that first half have any definable virtue, let alone hope for climbing out of the inner cesspit that dominates their lives.I struggled with whether to keep going, but finally decided that as talented a writer as Skyler White obviously is, I'm just not interested in this story, this world, or its characters.
review 2: I don't know where to begin. I read this book on a recommendation. I am happy to have read it, but if the authors other books are similar I'll probably pass. I'm all over on my feeling for this book which kind of matches the book! The writing, at times, was beautiful. Things are described in ways that really painted amazing pictures- of things and emotions. Other times I had to roll my eyes at the overdoing of description. The story is definitely a roller coaster and I'm still not sure of how it ended. I think it was happy?? The book is worth the read but I can totally understand if someone were to get frustrated and stop midway. I almost did. less
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This was unreadable. That's all I have to say.
could not get into story. maybe will try later
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