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The Stars at Oktober Bend

This book immediately comes across as different, however it took forever to find out what is going on. The book has an odd arrangement of who says what in each chapter, we get it mostly from Alice, and Manny just appears to be a sideline to make it less confusing.
Capital Letters might be useful, (however their absence was explained) and there was not enough action for me. Millard’s characters have loads of history and not much present. The poetry she attempts to make a thing out of could take more place while a few less coincidences would make an easier read. There are several Cliché moments while there is no in depth drama. This is a book to study for its unique writing style, which renders it more a task than fun.
The book has no location and would nicely sit a hundred years ago if mobile phones were cropped out, the modern setting feels unrealistic and it is hard to understand the setting as it seems quite out of date.

Posted on: 13th May 2017 at 11:01 pm

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