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review 2017-07-12 16:23
The Fifth Reflection (The Dot Meyerhoff ... The Fifth Reflection (The Dot Meyerhoff Series, Book 3) - Ellen Kirschman

Dot is a police psychologist. Dot is also having Thanksgiving dinner with her fiance Frank’s family and this had been the first time she had met them. Then Frank gets a call from his photography teacher Joanne/JJ that JJ’s two year old daughter Chrissy had been abducted from her bed. Frank immediately leaves to go to JJ. JJ is a photographer and her specialty is nude children. Jj had been “ criticized” is some art he had her daughter Chrissy in just a few days before her abduction.Bucky is Chrissy’s father just wanted to find the kidnapper/ killer of his daughter and dole out his brand of justice before the police found the person/ people responsible for this horrible thing. Frank wants to marry Dot but wants to be JJ’s comfort and hero. Officer Manny Ochoa is on Chrissy’s case and is determined to find the kidnapper/killer who did this to such a young child and bring them to justice no matter the cost to him and his family. I didn’t particularly like this story. First off I think Dot should have been a stronger and more confident woman. What was she doing with a butt like Frank I would rather be alone. I did appreciate how the author showed what happens and how hard it is for officers who work on cases involving children. Especially where such a young child is murdered. It also had a good twist. Frank seems infatuated with JJ like a teenager not a middle age man. I don't like that especially as he was engaged to Dot and talking marriage. I did like many and his determination. So some things were ok in this story but for me it barely made a three. Some things even confused me in this story.

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review 2017-05-25 20:56
The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

I seriously begin to wonder what kind of problem I have with hyped books. Because this is another one of these books that almost everybody loves and I just didn´t feel the love for it at all. One problem may be that I´m not the biggest fantasy fan, but there are some fantasy books out there that I do enjoy, so I don´t think the genre is the cause for my dislike of The Fifth Season. The biggest problem I had was with the way that N.K. Jemesin has told her story.

 

But let me start with the only positive thing in this book: the worldbuilding and the origins. The characters inhabit a continent, which gets periodically hit by catastrophes such as earthquakes and vulcanic eruptions. This world is inhabited by people that aren´t able to control any kind of magic and by people, called origins, that are able to control earths magic and thus are able to quell the shakes and eruptions. Jemesin slowly reveals how the world is functioning and I think she did an incredibly job with this.

 

But I really disliked the structure of the story. The story is told from the perspective of three different female characters and throughout most of the book it isn´t clear how these three characters are connected with each other. One of the characters didn´t add anything significant to the overall storyline, one character was constantly angry and sulky and the third character was constantly depressed and sad, because something horrible has happened to her.

I suppose the author has meant for me to care about these characters, but I sincerely didn´t care about any of them. There is that big twist towards the end and I haven´t been shocked by it. The only thing I could think about was that the last three hours of the audiobook would turn into the most boring thing ever, because the story became totally predictable from this point onward. And it happened to be that way, it turned into a snooze fest because I just didn´t care.

I guess I have to mention that one narrative is told in second person present tense and I didn´t really enjoy this kind of narration as well.

 

I listened to this book on audio and the narrator Robin Miles and I enjoyed the narration. I´m pretty sure that I would have DNF´d this novel as a physical book. However, on audio I managed to finish it and I can bank it for the Booklikes-opoly as a book that starts with a F.

 

Page count: 468 pages

Money earned: $5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-05-24 18:25
Reading progress update: I've listened 927 out of 927 minutes.
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

In the end I really didn´t enjoy this book. So, in celebration of finishing The Fifth Season I will enjoy a glass of wine today, because:

 

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I somehow have to regain the time I have spend reading this book, right? 

 

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text 2017-05-22 19:20
Reading progress update: I've listened 821 out of 927 minutes.
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

I just listened to the big, revelatory plot twist and I feel ... nothing. I don´t think that is a good sign.

 

So far I´m not madly in love with this book and I don´t think that the last couple of minutes are going to change anything about this. As a matter of fact I´m glad when I´m done with this audiobook.

 

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text 2017-05-04 16:40
Booklikes-opoly: Change of book
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

I listened to 31 hours and 10 minutes of the Complete Sherlock Holmes audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry and the stories and the narration are excellent. But trust me, "too much Sherlock" is a thing. I need a break.

 

So I´m putting Sherlock and Watson on hold and I will be listening to N.K. Jemisin´s The Fifth Season, a dystopian fantasy / science fiction novel. I want to count this book for the booklikes-opoly game (the print edition has 468 pages, which amounts to $5.00), so I´m putting The Thin Man back on my TBR and I will be listening The Fifth Season for Frontierland 1 instead.

 

 

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