One Last Lie by Rob Kaufman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Boring, trite, completely formulaic.
This book reads like a novelization of a bad Lifetime TV movie that gets rerun on Logo at 2 AM.
I got this book because it was on the LGBT book club reading list, but wish I’d reread the other selection, Fried Green Tomatoes, instead.
The writing is very simplistic. The characters are bad stereotypes, and the plot just plain dull.
There are some books that you must finish just because you hate the book so much. This is one of those books. Thankfully I finished it in a few days and can move on.
PS Did I mention how awful this book is?
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Loved her in WINTER’S BONE, so I’m totally excited for this if it happens.
Lately, if I’m reading in bed and doze off, I dream that I continue reading the book. The frustrating part is when I wake up, I can’t remember what is really in the book and what I dreamt.
I finished reading THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin (who ironically enough lives in Houston and teaches at Rice U). Although being touted as a vampire novel, it’s more of a post-apocalyptic romp through the western US.
It reads a lot like of King’s THE STAND (including a wise black woman, here called ‘Auntie’) and as I was reading it, I kept flashing to last summer’s other “vampire as virus” novel Del Toro’s & Hogan’s THE STRAIN, but this one’s a bit more into the character development and which is a welcome change after having to see ECLIPSE two weeks ago.
I have to say that although I enjoyed it, it does drag at points and there is a mythology developed that isn’t entirely clear, but I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and any forthcoming film version.
I can’t wait to see who they get to play Alicia, the badass female lead. Please don’t let it be Bryce Dallas Howard. She’s a talented actress, but just because she’s a redhead, doesn’t mean she need to play every role written for a ginger.
One quibble, characters keep saying “flyers” as some sort of post end of the world bad swear. For example, “Flyers, this word sure is annoying to read in a novel when the characters really mean ’fuck.’”
Cold cuts, like dildos, bring a welcome element of surprise to any family gathering.
Rhoda Janzen, from her book “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress”
So I just finished reading THE LOST SYMBOL. Like every Dan Brown book, it’s not great, but not bad. A fun read, but quickly forgotten.
This books could be called “Robert Langdon and the Celestine Prophecy” it feels so new age-y.
The strength of THE DA VINCI CODE was Brown took a very plain, bordering on boring, by the numbers action/adventure novel and tucked in some very fascinating facts (and legends and falsehoods) about Christian religion.
In THE LOST SYMBOL, he substitutes Christianity with Freemasonry and completely cuts the facts. His latest novel just makes references to noted American Masons and hints at the inner workings of the Masons, an organization that is very well known, but without many people knowing a whole lot about it.
Turning Masons into the villian of the book would be too easy, and points to him for not venturing down that path. However, I found that without the interesting tidbits (whether factual or madeup) that made DA VINCI a fun read, THE LOST SYMBOL leaves the reader wanting more.
PS I predicted the plot twist about 1/2 through the book and I’m not known for being able to predict plot twists, if that tells you anything.