Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey etc. by E.L. James
I read this trilogy to see what all of the fuss was about, and mostly because a friend insisted there was a story. Indeed, there was, but it was entirely buried by poor prose and painful repetition. I like to joke that the movie had better not be anything like the book, or we won’t be able to hear most of what they are saying, for they will be murmuring the entire time. Seriously, did the author not own a thesaurus? Unbeknownst to many, George Takei makes multiple appearances, particularly in the sex scenes. (“Oh my.”) And what’s with people’s mouths making a perfect ‘o’? The author shows a lack of imagination, poor plot construction, and weak mastery of the English language.
The underlying story certainly had all of the makings of a great novel, but the drudgery one had to endure to get to it was almost unbearable. Might I also add that the character development was severely lacking, and the use of yet another “she don’t know she’s beautiful” lead female character in conjunction with the “oh-so-dark-and-handsome” lead male is a cliché we readers could certainly have done without. I must give some props (spoiler alert!) to the author with the small turnaround she made with the lead female towards the end of the series, letting her show her fighting skills and taking control of at least part of her life.
Book Review: The Bees by Laline Paull
After a droll journey through the Fifty Shades trilogy, I needed a breath of fresh air, and boy, did this book bring it. The Bees is full of beautiful imagery, such intricate detail that you can almost feel the sun on your face and smell the honey in the hive. Yet, for all the detail it brings, this novel is far from boring. There is mystery, betrayal, and an adventure unlike any other. The author clearly did her research, as her writing balances fantasy and reality so well that you could almost imagine it true. This is certainly a book I’ll be adding to my collection to be read again and again. If you loved Watership Down, you’ll certainly fall head-over-heels for The Bees.