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Well I read the other discussion posts, and I'm fairly surprised Red Clocks got so many negative responses. I liked the story quite a lot. The thoughts of the characters were so dynamic, so everywhere but concise. I do agree that the whole remembering-the-characters'-names thing was needless, or that the writing style was a bit choppy/jumpy, but I didn't think it necessarily discounted the book's worth.
I friggin loved Susan (the Wife). I loved hating Susan, rather. She was depressed and wanted out. She was disgusted by her own disgusting thoughts, which I know I've been there all too often. I was proud of her in the end, finally getting out.
I liked Gin's (the Mender's) personality, felt so real, alive, and her terse dialogue complimented it. I didn't like the whole court thing though. Seemed too recycled. Especially when Susan was the key.
Mattie--Matilda (the Daughter) was one of my favorites, or I was always relieved upon turning to her section. I kinda wanted her to have it, though not for the biographer, but I was also happy she got to continue her rather honorary high school career. I loved the weight of animal hearts thing, for I thought: What's the weight of a human fetus' heart?
Ro (the Biographer) I admired. Poor Ro. She knew her odds, questioned her own beliefs, and her red clock let her down. I didn't feel bad for her in the end either because she was such a strong, if maybe imbalanced, character.
For how screwy the story was I laughed quite a lot, typically at the crude thoughts of the characters. "Shut the shit up." I think I've literally said that verbatim to a fire alarm before.
As far as the polar explorer, I thought it spoke to the fact that women've come a long way, only still to battle oppression. I mean, I'm a white male so I needn't have a say in it. Just saying, I liked the explorer. She wasn't really supposed to be on the first boat, and she wasn't allowed to be published, etc. Ro thought otherwise.
I don't know. It was a crazy, fun story.
I am around page 130 and i am having a hard time getting into this. I find the writing difficult to follow at times and the way its presented sometimes confusing. Anyone else? I hate to abandon books... i hate considering it with this one... does it get better? keep going?
This book is definitely out of my "comfort zone". Usually, I do not like to read books that have a futuristic slant to them. Unfortunately, this book feels like it could be describing reality given the current political administration. Overall, I enjoyed this book's commentary and would recommend it to other readings.
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Overall, I am really pleased BOTM selected this one! It may not be in everyone's taste, but it was a provoking book on the dangers of losing reproductive freedoms.
I'll start this discussion post off by saying, by the middle of the book, I could not put it down. I felt the beginning was a bit slow and could use more of an introduction. I also was somewhat confused by the inserts between the chapters-on account of my own deficit-I tend to be a bit ADHD. However, the book as a whole was totally addicting. The author paints the stories of individual Oregonians with such personality and uniqueness, then paints them beautifully together. This book includes different sides of how certain political implications can impact so many situations and it's truly eye opening. I really loved it and look forward to reading it again, soon.
So I ended up really liking this book. The beginning is really slow and I thought I would end up hating it. But after the first 80 or so pages I was sucked in and finished it in one sitting. It is really eye opening to what could possibly (scarily) happen in our own countries political future. I love how all four woman end up being connected in some way. However I am still slightly confused on how the polar explore fits into the story. If anyone can enlighten me on this that would be great! But all in all I gave this book 4 stars and would definitely recommend to my friends and family who are politically charged.
Oh Lord. I did not like this book on any level - I seem to be the minority here! Major things I disliked about this book:
Writing style. I could not get over the choppy sentences. I was especially annoyed with the opening sentences of each chapter that seemed to just start in the middle of a sentence. It really just felt like a platform to throw out some experimental writing, which is cool, just not my thing.
Characters - I did not like any of them and felt there was no character development. I didn't care about them in the slightest and rolled my eyes so many times as I read their stories. When I finished and was reflecting back on it, I felt like huge chunks of their stories could have been omitted and I would have read the same book.
I struggled to find how the book even worked. The characters tied in together yes, and there were definitely some political feelings being expressed - but what was the purpose of this book? The synopsis totally intrigued me, especially in our current political climate, but I felt like the book was such a let down. I didn't feel like it really had a purpose other than making me gag on certain occasions.
I'm a woman, with woman parts and identify as a feminist. That does not mean I want to read about smelly vaginas or clapping labias...page after page.
Oy vey, this book almost made me mad to read. I'm glad others have enjoyed it, but I think I'm done selecting the BOTM 'feminist' selections after choosing this, and The Power and strongly disliking both.
No spoilers...just here to say I NEED more about the Mender in my life. Anyone else dying to get more of her story? I both desperately want a spin off and yet donâ€™t want the magic thatâ€™s already there to be tampered with.
It took me quite a while to get in to this book. I even told my husband that I felt like it had promise, but I was running out of patience waiting for it to appear. Right about when I was going to give up (around page 50, of a 350 page book, I know that seems early - but that's how much I was struggling!) I started getting in to it.
I really didn't enjoy the writing style. That took some getting used to, and I'm not sure I ever did. I just kind of... dealt with it. Also, the journal/story the Biographer was writing being tossed in to every few pages didn't do anything for me. I thought it would all make sense at the end, but it didn't. Did I miss something?
I enjoyed how all three stories intertwined, and I really enjoyed how this book really isn't that far from being a true story (considering where the world is in politics, and where we are on the topic of Planned Parenthood, and what's considered to be the 'right' home to raise a child in). I enjoyed the Wife's story the most, probably. I could connect with some of the feelings she had (not wishing ill towards someone else, but also not wanting them to do well), and empathized with how she wanted to be left, not be the one who was leaving (as I think we've all been in relationships before where we didn't want to be the 'bad guy').
So, while in the end, I enjoyed the book, it's not really one I would recommend. The story started at a slugs pace, and the writing style didn't make it very enjoyable.
I ordered 2 books for January. I was wary about this one, since it's a similar theme to Future Home of the Living God, which I enjoyed, and the market is becoming a bit over-saturated with books about women's reproductive rights. I decided to read this first of the 2 books because I figured I had a higher chance of not liking it.
I was wrong! I loved it.
What's unique about this (for me, based on similar books I've ready) is that this is the most grounded in our current reality. The world isn't on the verge of collapse because of these laws, or has not changed drastically. For the most part, none of the characters are referenced by name (unless by other characters) which makes them women anyone can relate to. The writing style is a bit frenzied, but it works with the rush of emotions and experiences these women are going through.
I knew after a while that the Mender/Gin was the biological mother of the Daughter/Mattie/Matilda, but I didn't know where Zumas was going to take that relationship. And I was so convinced that the Wife/Susan was going to have an affair with Bryan AND get pregnant from it! I was probably being too dramatic in that regard, and I'm glad that didn't happen. What was enjoyable about Susan (though she herself was insufferable) as a character is that she represented the woman who feels children are not/should not be the end all, be all of a woman's life. I felt myself crossing my fingers that the Biographer/Ro/Miss would finally get pregnant and I hurt for her that she never got what she wanted. I was relieved the Daughter/Mattie/Matilda was able to get a safe abortion, and I never suspected that it was she who ratted out Yasmine for the same thing she ended up needing to do herself.
For most of the book, I actually couldn't stand reading about Eivor, but her importance to the Biographer all came together in the end. She was a representation of what the Biographer could mean and did mean to so many others, and that she did not need to have a baby to carry on her legacy.
Bonus: Plenty passages had me chuckle.