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review 2016-03-08 21:14
The Green-Eyed Monster
The Green-Eyed Monster - Mike Robinson

I really liked the basic idea of this, and I even liked the concept behind how the book was organized, but in the end, this really didn't work for me.

 

One of my biggest stumbling blocks is our "main" characters. They aren't present throughout the novel. Some of that is probably due to the way the story is told primarily through the eyes of those around them, but Martin and John are known for being charismatic and hard-to-ignore in-story and yet it is remarkably easy to forget that they are supposed to be the center of things while reading. They somehow feel like one of the least interesting parts of the story. People talk about them, and it is suggested they are causing some things, but it is rarely seen at any point and it's hard to care much about the ramifications of the opening scene of the novel when it is so hard to care about these two men.

 

Now I get to stumble around trying to come up with words to explain something I almost never talk about in books, curiously enough: language. As far as I am concerned, if I am not actively highlighting it on my Kindle and adding notes remarking on how ridiculous I find it, the language is fine.

 

There were lots of notes here.

 

Things just did not ring true in places. The metaphors were overwrought and didn't hit the ideas clearly, the dialogue varied between "serviceable" and "nobody says that and nobody should say that," and I just kept getting pulled out of the story to wince at something I had just read. It is not the worst I've ever read, certainly, but it is one of the few times my immersion has been so constantly broken because it wasn't always awkward, but when it was, it was really awkward.

 

The book stumbles a bit at figuring out what it wants to be. The genre is fluid, which does keep the reader guessing and wanting to get to the end, but also means quite a few things seem to come out of nowhere. If I had been more attached to the characters or the world, it probably would have been either very annoying or really fun, but without that connection I was left faintly bemused by the whole thing.

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review 2016-02-08 21:05
The Green-Eyed Monster - Mike Robinson

Two boys were born on the same day. They were even neighbors and didn’t really like each other and were rivals as they grew up.

I didn’t really get this book. It was kinda hard to understand. I gave up reading this before i finished just didn’t keep my attention.

**I received an ARC of this story for an honest review

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review 2016-01-29 07:30
The Green-Eyed Monster
The Green-Eyed Monster - Mike Robinson

Two best-selling authors, born minutes apart, only meters apart in the same hospital in a quiet northern Californian city, Twilight Falls. Although they never become friends, with each other or with some one else for that matter, they are creepily alike not only in mannerisms and appearance, also in the stories they write. This continues into adulthood, until one of them, right at the start of the novel, kills the other.

 

Although the story is more of a background on Martin Smith and John Becker than it is a murder mystery, it is told from the perspective of people from their periphery, a school teacher, a peer. It is obvious these people are influence by the two, although not really in a good way. 

 

This is one of those stories that you're not able to catch in a single, or even two or three, genres. At times, I would even consider calling it paranormal or horror, due to all the creepiness that surrounds it. Then why only three stars, I hear you ask. Well, it is not something easily explained but I will give it a try. While I like experimental kind of books, I often find that they give up some parts of the story for the sake of style. I feel this sort of happened in this story. The 'original' murder mystery is perhaps 10% of the book, the rest is flashbacks and at the end it feels like there is a rush to close everything asap. During most of the book, Martin and John are almost not there at all. Their names are being dropped, but as they don't have a lot of contact with anyone really, it feels like they are not present at their own party. This made that I was not as invested in the story as I could have been, and sometimes I had to really tell myself to pick the book back up.

 

As The Green-Eyed Monster is part of a 'non-linear' trilogy about Twilight Falls, I'm continuing with the other books, Negative Space and Waking Gods.

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2013-06-27 00:00
Green-Eyed Monster
Green-Eyed Monster - Carolyn Keene Good mystery and all, but at the end of this book, I never actually found out who was responsible for the bad stuff going on! Come on! That was SO disappointing that I'm not going to read the next book. A waste. DON'T read this book unless you're willing to buy all three books in the trilogy.
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