For me, a year ago I was very excited to read Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 and there was a huge hype over the book. So I read it and it took me a grueling two weeks to finish (I had a deadline 'cause I had to write a review for it...ugh, so painful). I was so disappointed because the book had so much story and character potential. It could have been a wonderful and intriguing book, but it just ended up being a repetitive pile of junk. Anyway, has anybody else had a similar experience with other books?
By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept - Paulo Coelho
I was so excited to read it because I know Paulo Coelho is an awesome writer, the topic is interesting and also the title sounds really cool. The first couple of pages I was patient because it sometimes takes time to 'get into the story', but it just kept disappointing me. I read about three quarters of the book and then stopped because it was so dead boring.
I've read The Alchemist and have thought about reading a few of his other books. Have you read some of his other books and enjoyed them?
Hahaha, really? And was Hyperion a serious book, too? Because if it was then the random sing at the end would be ever the more strange...Does the plot of the book tie in with the yellow brick road or something? Ah, you've made my day. That's funny :)
Only one saw it? Hmmm, that is so bizarre. How would the whole group be able to break into song if they had never heard the song before?
The first time I read The Great Gatsby, it wasn't as great as I anticipated. But the second time it got better and I REALLY loved it.
I'm planning on reading that one again. The first time I read it, I was like "OMG Fitzgerald, we get it, the gold and the green, and the dress tuttuttuting... and yes you're very clever with the metaphors, you want a stinking cookie? " But I've been told that once you get over that, it's not so bad.
Are you talking about 1q84? Because for me, it was the first Haruki Murakami book i ever read. I've found that people who've read his other books before reading 1q84 were more likely to enjoy the book. I suppose it just depends. You can read my review here. It might give you an explanation of why I didn't like it.