I liked a lot of jodi picoult's books, but this one i had a really really hard time getting through. It was slow and almost too wordy if you know what i mean
I thought the writing was fine; then again, that's never been my problem with picoult's books. I don't like the way she let's her cahracters get away with things and relieves them of delaing with emotional issues.
But that's another post. =)
I thought this book was very heavy in subject matter - going from bad to worse. It's the first book I've read of Picoult's and I personally didn't like her writing. Too formulaic. To me, the book read like a bad movie of the week.
This is my least favorite of her books. She made a lot of powerful statements, but the book was too much for my taste. I felt like she wrote this just to write a book to satifsy her publisher.
Did anyone else feel that way?
This is actually the first Picoult book that I read and I have to say not necessarily her best. The writing is choppy in my opinion. I think your stepmom has a good point about the subject matter. This certainly isn't one of the great literary masterpieces of all time though.
There are plenty of other books that deal with this subject that will do it in a better way. ( Of course, right now I can't think of a single example, but I bet someone else can!!) I agree with everyone else that this is not her best book. It is, in fact, a book that I don't recommend. It doesn't give the reader the best impression. Picoult is one of my favorite writers, this one just happens to be a little disappointing.
After looking at your shelf and reading your profile, I think you would find Picoult's style very banal and her characters shallow. Do a subject search on "Tenth Circle" and then use the same subject headings to look for similar items. I liked Picoult's earlier works better. Either I have changed as a reader, or she is becoming too predictable. Cheers, Bibli-o-rama
I wouldn't say the writing is painfully bad. I have to say I love Jodi Picoult's style, however, I must admit that I also struggled to get through this book.
bad to mediocre writing...she can be, however, a decent, engaging storyteller, and no, not her best book at all...
IMO, not one of her best works. If you are wanting to try Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls and My Sisters Keeper are two of my favorites.
This was the only one of Jodi Picoult's books that I had a hard time getting into and really disliked the ending. I don't think that her writing was that bad, but it was not her best work. The plot wandered and was relatively unbelievable. I am sure that there are much better books on the subject matter.
you love "The Blind Assassin"
you will not love anything by Picoult
Picoult took on a lot with this novel -- the graphic novel genre & Dante. The actual story she wrote seemed to take a backseat to all the great ambitions this book had. I agree with others' posts that her other books are much better. She does get formulaic at times, but that's not always bad -- it's nice to come back to something familiar sometimes.
I have read many of Picoult's books and have fallen completely in love with her! Out of all of her novels, I found "The Tenth Circle" to be the most difficult to get into. However once I pushed myself past the first few pages I couldn't put the book down. This novel also left me slightly unsatisfied with the ending. However, the comic book that went along with the story and the hunt for her hidden message made up for it.
it was a tad bit slow, but very easy reading...i really enjoyed it. infact, enough to make me read more of hers, as this was the first.
The book isn't so bad, I thought it was pretty good, not one of my favorites, but if she thinks you should read it, it won't be so bad to endure.
the writing is definitely not painfully bad. I really enjoyed this book as it tackled the issues from many different viewpoints. You should give it a go :)
I did like My sister's Keeper, simply because of the ending. But I barely made it through this book. Writing was all over the place. Frankly, I skimmed toward the end just to find out resolution.
I've read 3 of Picoult's novels and every time I read one I ask myself why I continue to bother as I don't particularly care for her writing style or her endings. I believe I keep returning to her books because she does attack really interesting subjects that make you think.
It may be worth it to read her for discussion purposes. A book group I belong to had an excellent somewhat heated discussion after reading "My Sisters Keeper." Even though the majority of the group thought her less than stellar as an author the subject matter alone was ripe for conversation.
The writing isn't painful...it's Trixie's behavior and the many cop-outs that are painful! If your stepmother wants to discuss the issues, a much better book is Speak. It is excellent and more realistic!
My stepmom wants me to read this so we can talk about the issues addressed, which ought to be reason enough, but I fear from brief peeps inside that the writing is painfully bad. Should I subject myself to this book?
Loved this book. Also first book of hers I've read. Next on line to buy: Nineteen Minutes
The book wasn't a mystery, and since we were so deeply into everyone's feelings through-out, it just felt like a cheat not to know who the killer was till the end. That would have made this a different book, and I can see why Picoult didn't want to take that route. But I felt like she wanted to eat her cake and make it mysterious, too.
Sharonstone, I got told by my teachers that the cartoons actually get intresting and it will give you another way of looking at the story.
Not my favorite Picoult book. I was distracted by the comics. Then at the end of the book I find out she hid a secret code within the comics (that I skipped over after awhile!), I just didn't have it in me to go back over the comics and figure it all out.
So I am really glad that someone pointed out the comic part with the secret messages. I was only on the third chapter so I went back and I actually found part of the message!! I was so excited. I can't wait to finish. Thanks again.
I am almost finished with this book and find it awesome...very disturbing, but very real unfortunately...I have had a hard time putting it down. This is my first book to read by this author, but have several more I have purchased ready to read...hope they are as good as this one
Definitely not one of her best books. But her other books are really good! My Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth are my favorites.
I look forward to reading those....
also if anyone has worked out the secret message behind the comic leter, can the please tell me beocuse i haven tbeen able to work it out.
The secret message is: Nothing is easier than self deceit for what each man wishes that he also believes to be true. Demost Henes
What other books of hers have you read? What's your description of each?
i don't think this book was that amazing. it was my first experience with jodi picoult and i heard that her books are amazing. i was expecting something of an outstanding book. it doesn't mean that i will not try some of her others.
I totally agree. I'm less than 100 pages to finishing and I just can't wait for it to end. It was ok in the beginning through 3/4. Then when she shifted locations.....all I could do was shake my head and wonder....what?????? Hope the next Jodi Picoult book is better.
I have read a few of Jodi Picoults books now and I don't think they are amazing.What she is great at is making people think about things and makes very good books for disscusion.
i think jodi picoults done better to be honest. i didnt really like this one much. 'The pact' and 'Plain Truth' are much much better.
A good read, but not my fave of her books - too many unnecessary background details.
i didnt overly like this book, they kind of changed plots in the middle. her other books are so much better
I started this book last Tuesday and have 1/4 left to read. I always find myself starting to get bored with the last quarter of Picoult's books and find myself skipping/speedreading through the last few chapters. I REALLY enjoy her novels, they keep me coming back for more, but I truly believe she could edit out some of the more drawn out plots. It starts to get predicatable and a little 'preposterous' towards the end of all her novels. But, like I said, I always come back for more!
I was a little let down by this Jodi Picoult novel. I read it after reading My Sister's Keeper.
This was my first Picoult and although I anticipated that the subject matter would be difficult, I almost put the book down 3/4 of the way through. I felt the author offered good insight into the tangled, complicated world of family relationships, but maybe there were a few too many crossings of paths. I did not like the "comic book" portions. The Tenth Circle is a distubing book but certainly worth reading.
Having read a few more of her books beforehand was probably the only reason I finished the book. My least favorite of her's to date. I have really enjoyed her others - though am having a hard time finishing "The Songs of the Humpback Whale"......Yes I agree the comic portions of the book were odd.....Her books powerful - they take awhile to get out of your head. If you have teenage children I wouldn't read "The Pact" - just as I probably won't read "19 Minutes" as it's about a school shooting.....
This is, BY FAR, my fav author.
Not my favorite either as I previously read Nineteen Minutes and My Sister's Keeper. The ending was very abrupt but the drawings were a unique addition. If you try to do the puzzle at the end of the book, don't type any spaces when you go to her website to see if you solved it.
Just like all Jodi Picoult books - this was so good!
Eww, sOO incredibly SLOW and BORING!!!!! Why in the world did she include SO many subplots!!!??!!
This is the first Jodi Picoult I've read and I enjoyed it very much. The characters were interesting and real and the pace moves along nicely.
Did anyone watch the movie? What did you think of it? I thought everything was alittle rushed.
I watched the movie. It started out good but then went in all different directions. As usual, the book was better!
I watched the LIFETIME movie so I probably won't read it now. The movie was good. I wish I would have read it first but I liked Kelly Preston in the movie.
I live in the UK and therefore doubt very much that i will get to see the movie anytime soon. I did really enjoy the book though and thought the graphic novel elements added something to it.
Not my favourite Picoult book but it certainly was worth reading :)
Whoa wait. There is a movie?!!!?!?!
This book shows that after a while, authors seem to write what has worked in the past...I recently read Plain Truth, and now reading this, it is the same theme-"how much will a parent go to protect a child?" I feel Picoult has done this book on auto-pilot. I am glad I didn't see the movie-since the ending apparently changed. I felt the drawings were distracting. She writes very discriptive, however, this does not save this "Jump the Shark" type of book. Two thumbs down!
i actually liked the movie better than the book (i read the book first). in the book, i felt the characters were flat and selfish and spoiled. but in the movie, i think they really fleshed out trixie and really made her a victim. im not saying the movie is some fabulous masterpiece. but i did like it better than the book.
I have a quik question. I was kind of confused because they kept saying Bethel was in Maine and Alaska. Was that a mistake or is there meant to be a Bethel in both places?
This is the book that first got me interested in Jodi Picoult's writing. Definitely recommend.
Does Trixie stay in contact with the boy from Alaska or was it just a random thrown in fling?