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The Time Traveler's Wife - ..and finally (poll)

Did you like it or loathe it?  

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  1. 1. Did you like it or loathe it?

    • :) Liked it
      10
    • :( Loathed it
      2
    • :confused: Sitting on fence
      1


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I know that there are still people out there reading this but I thought it might be good to round up the general impression the group had of this book.

So here is the poll to gauge whether it gets the :) or the :( or even the :confused:

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Maybe not enough categories is the reason for not many votes? It was an OK book, and original, but not a total love fest. I think the 'novelty' (at least to non- SciFi or Fantasy readers) could have been the reason for its big hype and bestseller status. It seemed to be unable to make up its mind between SF, Fantasy and Romance. But enjoyable, in its own way. ;)

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Maybe not enough categories is the reason for not many votes?

 

 

I did think about putting other categories in but I didn't want to sound too much like a market researcher. I'll do that next month.

 

I also should have let this poll run a bit longer so apologies to anyone who would have liked to vote but didn't quite make it.

 

The group is just beginning to develop and its difficult to get a feel for what people want. I feel that if we were all sitting round a room we could have a discussion on the nature of the group. At the moment its as if I'm posting things blindly. Hopefully as the months go on it will develop a bit more.

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I finished this last and thought the time travelling structure was well constructed and provided a great hook and I raced through the book. And there the praise ends ...

 

This was just another daft romance. Boy meets girl, they marry, have trouble conceiving, boy dies, girl sees him in her eighties when she's presumably kicking the bucket too. Nothing exciting in that plot at all. The author completely wimped out of using the time travel idea as an intrinsic part of the story because Henry couldn't change anything he found out about in the future.

 

The other characters in the book were pretty pointless and seriously under-developed. Even the main characters had traits that came and went; the bad violent Henry just vanished.

 

On a minor note; I don't mind bad language in a book at all (most books I read have much more than this one) but this book was just so nicey-nicey that the bad language used seem really jarring and inappropriate.

 

So it would seem that The Time Traveller's Wife is a beach read with a gimicky narrative device and I was expecting a bit more.

 

Rebecca

 

Ps I don't seem to be able to vote but I would have voted to sit on the fence. It's not bad at what it is (a beach read), it's just been mis-sold.

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I would have voted that I liked the book... I was somewhat put off by the concept of time-travelling, but after deciding to give it a go, I actually really enjoyed the book. There were things about it I didn't like, particularly the unnecessary (I feel) use of expletives from the two main characters, which I felt were not words that Claire especially would have used. However, I loved the story, and thought the switching narrative thing worked really well.

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