Sunday, September 28, 2008
Smart Remarks and THE HOST
So first I have to admit that I did not re-read this book...but only because my neighbor is still borrowing it and is probably having a difficult time getting past the dessert scene which wouldn't be a problem if it didn't take half the book for Wanda to find the REAL people. Anyway, I thought I'd just give myself a free pass and recycle my old review of the book...you know since I'm an Oregonian now and recycling is big around here but then I thought "No, I'll review it again since I'm sure I can think of more things to say." But just in case you want to read what I first though,t here it is. And here is what I think after I've had some time to ponder and forget.
I'll start with the negatives:
Wanda...what the heck is with Stephenie and names...sorry to anyone named Wanda, including my former hairdresser. I like you not your name...sorry. I would have taken Der or ERER over Wanda.
Does the DESERT (thanks for correcting me SARA...sigh) scene really have to be that long? REALLY? There were several parts that I thought could be taken out and I really like the DESERT.
Actually, there are several areas in the book that she could have cut back on and it wouldn't have hurt it one bit, I'm sure I don't have to go into detail since if you read it, you know what I'm talking about. I can see why she had written it, at least for herself to get herself really into the story but cutting out parts wouldn't be like how parts of movies are cut out when they are put on tv....not the same.
What I like:
Melanies memories, like how she met Jamie??? Is it Jamie??? crap I can't remember her boyfriends name but you know who I mean...if you read it. *Thanks Landee for correcting me, this was just actually a test to see if YOU remember his name...yeah that's it, it was a test! ::nervous laugh:: *
I LOVE the cave in an 8 year old sort of way. I could totally see myself thinking it would be the coolest thing to live in a cave but my adult self is like...umm I really need privacy, shower, real toilets and the ability to go outside during the day. BUT I did really enjoy thinking of my younger self living there.
I liked hearing about the other planets...maybe just not as in much detail but I thought it gave good insight into the aliens and a reality to the story.
I like how she ends her stories all warm and fuzzy and the prospect of going further. I even like the body that Wanda goes into at the end...a small weakling body almost seemed fitting for her.
It's Stephenies book and I really like Steph's writing, I find it enjoyable even if she doesn't use a thesaurus often enough. She's a good story teller and I can't wait for more books.
Posted by Cristin at 7:50 AM