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Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

 

Currently reading

Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
Gerald Horne
Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again (paperback)
Lewis Carbone

Creepy, and dark, and depressing, but still good.

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Really, if I had to sum it up, creepy, dark, depressing and good would just about do it.  I'm not sure if it was just my kindle edition of the book, but most of the dialogue was missing quotations.  At first I thought it was intentional, since it gave everything a very monotone quality in my head, and on the page.  But then I noticed that some dialogue was in quotes, and I started to try to and find some sort of meaning behind it.  At first, dialogue with outsiders was in quotes, but then it seemed kind of random and became distracting.  Not sure what was up with that, but I didn't really like it. 

 

The book was a bit slower moving than I'd like.  It took about 30% of the book to really get to the "reveal" about what was going on.  And I'm still very on the fence about the ending.  Because really, what happened there?  No spoilers, just.........yeah. 

 

It was good because I appreciated the POV, and the sense that this could all really happen and isn't all that far fetched, which is especially creepy.  And I breezed through this in a day, so it's not like it was a slog.  I think I was depressed by the depressing tone though.  I would definitely recommend, and would read other books by her too.  Fingers crossed they are not quite as dismal though.