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Cinfhen
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion Yes, in this case you can call me a cynic but I‘m pretty sure what drove Margaret Atwood to finally pen a sequel to her brilliant dystopian novel, The HandMaid‘s Tale,is the wildly popular success of the Hula TV series adaptation. The Testaments reads like a made for TV screenplay. This book was FUN but it wasn‘t flawless. After 35 years, I was expecting a more refined novel & less of a YA caper #PraiseBe 🙏🏼 #GoodNotGreat

Cinfhen I get what you were saying now @KarenUK this was entertaining but not fully satisfying 4w
Martyn_J_Pass Ouch! This is the huge danger of being a victim of your own popularity, hence the recent chaos over GOT and JK Rowling‘s failed prequels. I‘m tempted not to read it now and avoid spoiling my love for Handmaid. 4w
Cinfhen @Martyn_J_Pass was I a little harsh?? 🙈it‘s just Margaret Atwood has written so many brilliant novels with stunning prose that my expectation were of a higher standard from this particular author. 4w
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Martyn_J_Pass @Cinfhen No, I totally agree with you. When the bar has been set so high, authors need to keep it there. I‘m a huge fan of Cormac McCarthy but ‘All the pretty horses‘ was terrible and it put me off reading any more. When you‘ve been through The Road and Blood Meridian, he cant be giving us less than his best ha ha ha 4w
TrishB I‘m not rushing anytime soon and I suspect I‘ll see a #99ponkindle offer and suddenly jump off the fence! 4w
Cinfhen @Martyn_J_Pass TRUTH!!! Although my review shouldn‘t stop you from reading The Testaments. I don‘t think the sequel “harms” the Handmaid‘s Tale and there is a sense of resolution. I also believe Atwood wanted to give us her version before Hula gave us theirs 😊😉 4w
Martyn_J_Pass @Cinfhen That‘s a good point! Shame George R R Martin didn‘t think the same way ha ha. Thanks for the helpful review! 4w
Cinfhen @TrishB I‘m thinking some nice Litten or your wonderful hubby will gift you this book as you have a bday very soon!!!! ❤️ 4w
TrishB @Cinfhen ♥️ it wasn‘t on hubby‘s pre-approved list! 4w
charl08 It would be super boring if we all liked the same things. (I just finished it, loved it!) 4w
Cinfhen My opinion is obviously not in sync with most of Litsy @charl08 so what do I know 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
AceOnRoam It's ok to just go with your gut feeling @Cinfhen - It got way too YA for me as well. 4w
Cinfhen Hi @AceOnRoam !!!! Thanks for the moral support 💕but luckily Litsy is a warm place where one can voice their opinion with ease 😁 4w
AceOnRoam @Cinfhen true true. Onward to your next great read hopefully 😘 4w
marleed I completely understand how you would feel that way. For me, I was thrilled, Ms Atwood was able to write her own conclusion - whatever that was. But about the YA thing, I get that. I felt that way about Where the Crawdad‘s sing. I love seeing opposing views as it makes me contemplate my own reading experience. 4w
Billypar Interesting- I remember being surprised about how much Maddadam seemed like purely entertaining fiction compared to her other stuff (though I liked that one, not a criticism). I wonder how much of a conscious decision the change in style was for both novels (I haven't read Testaments yet). 4w
Billypar @Martyn_J_Pass I'm with you on AtPH, but his follow-ups, The Crossing and Cities of the Plain are two of my favorites of his and favorite novels period. Even better than The Road and Blood Meridean imo, and I loved both of those too. (Sorry for the aside Cindy... Nothing to do with Atwood or The Testaments 😳). 4w
KarenUK Exactly! 👍 4w
Hooked_on_books Bravo to you for your honesty about a rabidly anticipated book by an author with a broad fan base. Truthfully, I‘m not even interested in reading this. 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 4w
Cinfhen My criticism is my opinion as a reader but I would never speak for anyone else or try to persuade another to skip a book. This was just a case of my own expectations not being met @marleed @Billypar @Hooked_on_books @KarenUK but I absolutely understand why others are LOVING IT!! 4w
Hooked_on_books I completely agree and feel the same way about my own reviews. I just know it can be hard to express a dissenting opinion about a book/author everyone else seems to love. So I‘m glad you did that, as we all should when that‘s our opinion. I feel like I sometimes see apologetic reviews, and we shouldn‘t have to apologize for our opinions. Every book doesn‘t work for every person. 4w
Martyn_J_Pass @Billypar That‘s a bold claim lol. Now I‘m going to have to go back and take a look at them again! 4w
Cinfhen @Hooked_on_books Thanks so much, Holly!!! It is hard to sometimes disagree with the masses especially on a book that is being lauded by almost all readers. I do think most people on Litsy are very respectful of differing views so I felt comfortable #SpeakingMYTruth 😘😘😘 4w
4thhouseontheleft I fully admit that my 💜 for The Testaments is tied up in my love for HT and Atwood. It‘s definitely not her finest work, but I still enjoyed the ride. 😃 I think it helped that I went into it not looking or expecting the same level of literary writing I found in HT. 🙌🏽 to you for voicing an #unpopularopinion! (edited) 4w
Cinfhen Thanks @4thhouseontheleft I think expectations were not properly checked and I think I approached this novel with a bit of cynicism. But I‘m glad diehard Atwood fans are not feeling the sting 💕😁 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are so opposite that I‘ll probably love it!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 4w
Redwritinghood Totally agree, but I just really enjoyed reading it. 3w
Reviewsbylola The Litsy reviews on this have me a bit nervous. Then again, I‘d say my expectations are pretty low. 3w
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ReadingEnvy
Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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Mehso-so

This novel is a quick read and not as dense as the last one from this author, but Larry is a likeable fool of a character who is still able to go on a deeper journey of self-examination, in what he owes to his family, how much of his identity comes from being Jewish and what that should ultimately mean for his life.

Sweettartlaura Just finished this earlier today 😊 6mo
ReadingEnvy @Sweettartlaura what did you think? 6mo
Sweettartlaura I‘m torn between a Pick & So-so - hence no review yet 😉. I really like the entry into another culture that this provided. It brought me up short a few times. But I don‘t think I connected with Larry/Shuli enough to really fall in love with it. 6mo
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ReadingEnvy @Sweettartlaura same... It's super readable and has a few laughs, and I learned more about being Jewish I think, but the author skipped the journey I was most interested in! And the jump to orthodoxy didn't actually make complete sense.... 6mo
Sweettartlaura Good point! 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m curious about this book but I don‘t have a good track record with Englander. I bailed on his previous book 👉🏼 6mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read this one but I LOVED all his other books, except for the one @Cinfhen mentions above, which was #goodnotgreat. So I am curious about this one. 6mo
Cinfhen If I find out I‘ll share it with you @BarbaraBB 💋 6mo
ReadingEnvy @Cinfhen dinner was my only other book of his, and I found it difficult in a way this wasn't. 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks @ReadingEnvy I bit the bullet and ordered a copy😜I‘ll let you know my thoughts as I‘m already familiar with the concept of Kaddish 6mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Pickpick

Finished this yesterday. Solid ending to this trilogy that takes place during the 1850s Gold Rush. The main character is a girl who has the “magic” ability to detect gold. This obviously complicated as well as enhanced her life as she travels from Georgia to California in a wagon train. This last book focuses on San Francisco and the crooks and shady characters that tried to take advantage of people trying to eke out a living. #YA #goodnotgreat