A Conversation with a Cat – Stephen Spotte

Welcome back everyone, I hope you’ve been enjoying all the posts that have been coming out recently. Today’s review is another one from BookGlow, and I feel like I started off strong with the Autobiography of Satan and I’ve reached a point where I really struggled.

I went into this book thinking I’d be reading about some fantasy style version of the world where we can talk to cats. So, I was quite disappointed when it turns out that you just have to be high and drunk.

We started off the story hearing about how the main guy went
fishing and ended up needing to get his gall bladder removed once he got home.
And how from that he was high on pain killers and spent quite a bit of time
drinking. Until he was outside one night and his cat suddenly starts talking to
him.

Then the next challenge I faced while reading this was that
I didn’t find the story engaging. The style of the writing was bad enough for
me. But then the fact that there were very few paragraph breaks and there were
only 8 chapters meant I didn’t have any natural spots to stop.

And what made it even worse for me was the fact that there
were multiple times where one sentence spanned 1-2 pages. How does this even
happen?!

I will allow that I had my Kindle zoomed in slightly, so I
didn’t have to wear my glasses while I read. But I didn’t have it zoomed in
THAT much! I even showed a friend who agreed the sentences were way too long.

And then at the end of the story, after spending pretty much
the whole book focussed on Cleopatra, we all of a sudden are finding out about
the cat’s life before he was adopted by the guy he’s been talking to.

As much as I wanted to oy this, because the idea sounded really cool, I really felt there is a lot of improvements that need to be made. Firstly, by having an editor go through it thoroughly. Those sentences, paragraphs and chapters need to be shorter. Hopefully that will help create some natural breaks and give it the improvements it deserves.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Saturday I will be reviewing The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke.

Made to Break Your Heart – Richard Fellinger

Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed the review on Monday about a relationship that almost didn't get off the starting line.

This week’s review is also about a complicated relationship. But this time it’s about a married guy struggling to hold his marriage together rather than convincing the girl to go out with him.

Story overview

The global financial crisis (GFC) is something I remember clearly happening in 2008 when this book is set. Following a series of banks in the US collapsing a number of domino like effects happened. As a result, Nick lost his job at the newspaper.

Nick's experience during this time doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of how bad some families were affected. Over the two year span immediately before and after the GFC we follow Nick and his struggles to keep his family together.

Leading up to the GFC Nick struggles to be a good father, husband and coach to his son's baseball team. During, and immediately after the GFC Nick pick's up the pieces of his life while he desperately tries to find a job he's passionate about. Given the job climate this is a struggle that leads him to potentially murky waters with another woman.

In light of those actions, he's kicked out of his own house by his wife as she believes he's cheating on her. Throughout the book we follow Nick's perspective and learn just how clueless he is about women as he struggles to save his marriage.


My thoughts

I will warn you that this read is a slow grand kind of book to me. Unlike many books that I read, I found that I wasn't hooked in at any given point in time. There was no buy in or emotional investment in the characters.

The way the story was structured it felt like I was reading directly from Nick's diary. And it felt like her was just trying to come out alive and with a woman by his side. He never made an effort to even talk to his wife about how he was feeling. So how could she have known what he needed from her?

The concept of this story is great. I mean, how many times do we hear this story from the woman's perspective? Unfortunately, the delivery didn't quite hit the mark to make this a great success.

It lacked the pizaz and attention grabbing moments that hook you in and keep you hooked. I ended up feeling like I was reading this purely for the sake of finishing it to write this review.

And I'm glad I did because it was a different perspective. It showed that break ups happen over time and that fighting for the relationship can make a difference to save it.

But I honestly can't say I've ready it again. Especially since I found myself making excuses to do other things. Such as cleaning the house! Just to avoid reading.

So if you enjoy complex books that make you think. But don’t necessarily have that hook, line and sinker moments you come to expect. Then you could really enjoy this one.


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Monday I will be reviewing A Conversation with a Cat by Stephen Spotte.