Saturday, 31 January 2015

There's a House in the Land (DNF)

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Title: There’s a House in the Land
Author:  Shaun D. Mullen
Publisher:  Fishy Business Press
Published Date:  7th August 2014
Rating: DNF

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: A character in the "Doonesbury" comic strip once called the 1970s "A kidney stone of a decade,' and compared to the 1960s and 1970s it was. It also was a time of bad hair and bad music, but none of this mattered to the mutant tribe who lived on a farm in Philadelphia's far western suburbs that at first glance would seem to have been one of the communes ubiquitous during that era but most definitely was not. "There's a House In The Land" is the story of that tribe, that farm and an extraordinarily magical time.

Review: I just couldn’t get into this book. All the time I wasn’t liking it, I still persisted because I had been sent a paperback copy for review and wanted to make the most of it. Then came the promise of Bob Marley, but once I knew he arrived on the farm a day when no one was there, that was it. I couldn’t read anymore. I DNFed at page 208 out of 284.

I will give you the main reasons I didn’t like this book in a list (because the book was also kind of listy.)

1.      The List. The book was like one huge list! It started off by listing the characters, then listing all the setting scenes, then all the dogs names, then all the things that happened in one day. It was like a huge list to me, and reading lists is boring.

2.      It was written in third person. We had a main character but the chapters were rarely about what he was doing and more so about the others. A first person voice could’ve helped that, but well, the main character wasn’t anyone special or unique. He was kinda… boring.

3.      There needed to be more emotion in this book. I wasn’t feeling anything for anyone.

Bottom line was that I was bored. There was even a promise of a band but I didn’t really get to see much of a band? That might come in the later pages though. I just feel like it should’ve been there earlier because that’s in the title as well.

Olivia’s Question: Do you like making lists?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. I make 'to do' lists but always fail to meet all of the items. So, maybe list making for me just doesn't work. Thanks for the review. Sorry you didn't like it better. :)

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    1. I am a very listy person, but I understand that they don't work for everyone!

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  2. I love making lists :)

    Sorry this one didn't work out for you, the synopsis actually sounds pretty interesting. Great review!

    ~Cari @My Addiction:Books

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    1. Glad I am not the only one! I hope my next read is more enjoyable.

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  3. Olivia,
    Lol! So I take it you really didn't like this book. Doesn't sound like there was much there. Nevertheless, it was a good review. We know what to expect as far as content.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Mary. Yes, there are certain things I expect to maintain my interest.

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  4. Shame this one didn't keep your interest, good luck with your next book! And great review :)

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/review-first-year-black-mage-1-by.html

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    1. I hope I like my next book more as well...

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  5. Yeah, I love making lists and checking things off lists, but reading someone else's lists? Not a big fan.

    And Happy Birthday! :O)

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    1. This might not have been the most fun post for you then xD

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  6. It's a shame when someone has to DNF a book =( and I hate making lists.... because I'm a super disorganised person and I just never stick to them so if I make one and then I just don't follow it I feel bad LOL

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    1. Yeah, it doesn't make me too happy either, but sometimes I really can't keep going with a book. Haha, well I guess it goes to show that lists aren't for everyone!

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  7. I was a judge in the Writer's Digest self-published contest last year and there was a book that did this very thing...a list. I had to power through but it wasn't easy!

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  8. I love to make lists. But reading other's lists? I'm guilty of just skimming the first few words of each line. I hate having to read a book that I can't get into. It takes forever.

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    1. Yeah, I don't like books that aren't cutting it for me.

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  9. Oh man. But you are so close to finishing! That sucks. Anyway, good luck with your next choice. :)

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    1. I know I was! But I literally couldn't read it anymore and realized that I don't necessarily have to...

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    It's a shame that this one was so boring that you had to DNF it. I don't make physical lists very often because I find that I don't tend to stick to whatever is on it. It also stresses me out, especially when I see all the things I have to do and usually haven't bothered doing. Mental lists on the other hand keep me organized.

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    1. I can understand that! But me, when it comes to mental lists often forget what I have to do, which is why I end up writing them down.

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  11. I like to make lists of what I need to do and read, but I don't think I have ever read a book in list form.

    Sorry you didn't like this one more- but you definitely gave it a good try! Thanks for sharing your review!
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes, those are the kind of lists as well! I did try and read as much as possible before I gave up on it.

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  12. DNFs not only make me sad, they make me RAGEY. If I dislike a book SO much that I have to STOP reading? I'm mad. Very mad. I don't even look at it as a learning experience, my thinking is "I just wasted ALL this time". I'm so sorry you had that experience! I hate listing as well. Seriously!

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    1. Yeah, I much prefer enjoying a book all the way until the end! It does feel like a waste of time in some cases ><

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  13. Thanks for the honest review for this novel - sounds like a let down.

    I love making lists as well, especially of blog posts to do and books to read.


    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. It was, which was a shame :/ Lists can definitely be helpful with organizing!

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  14. Great and honest review. I hate having to put a book as a DNF, but this sounds like something that would make me do that. The whole list issue would really get to me and I would definitely be bored whilst reading it.

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    1. I know, DNFing is not fun. This is second book I have had to do this for. ^.^

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