Our site works best with the latest versions of these web browsers. Some BOTM features may not work on older or outdated browsers.
To update, click your preferred browser below and follow the instructions.
Get a free book when you use code SPRINGFLING.Join today!
Props need to be given to the author. Quite an undertaking. The book is near perfect. The author took a topic such as memory removal (reminds me of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind) to identity change does it change behavior? How does isolation factor into it all? We have a handful of characters that are more developed and do play major roles in the story.
The writing sucks you in and the pace is fast until 2/3 way through then it seems to lose steam. The pace picks up again in the final 100 pages. I felt the ending was too tidy and wrapped up quite neatly for my taste. With subject such as memory and rehabilitation the ending should not have wrapped up that easily or neatly. I would have been OK with an ambiguous ending because it would better suit the subject matter.
I would love to see this as a film! I feel like I could picture every detail, this was an awesome concept but I think I would enjoy it better as a movie. I could picture different actors playing the roles perfectly while reading it. Liam Neesen needs to be in it, haha! :) Definitely not the typical kind of book I choose to read, but I'm glad I switched things up a little this month and read this book.
I truly have no idea how I feel about this book. I think that it was slow to get started and then rushed to get to the end. The character development left a LOT to be desired and since there were so many characters, I wished that I could have learned more about them or that they were left out. I was a bit disappointed, because I felt like there was a lot of potential to be a really great story. I wish that the pace at the end was the pace throughout the entire story.
What I enjoyed about this book were the ethical and moral questions it raised about incarceration and rehabilitation. I talked about this book with a few other people to get their perspectives: Could something like The Blinds actually work in real life? Although it didn't get much attention, I think Dr. Fell's original plan for the memory technology (e.g., refugees, victims of violent crime) is really interesting. What if we could help people recover from trauma by removing the memory of the trauma? It sort of begs the question - what IS the role of memory in recovery? Thinking about the criminals - if you remove the memories of committing a crime does it also remove the desire or biological wiring to commit crime? I found it sort of hard to believe that a town full of violent people did not have more desires to commit crime. With all of that said - this book seemed very slow-going for me. I was actually looking forward to it ending so I could start something new. The premise was really unique from anything else I have read this year, but it just fell flat in terms of execution and ending.
So, I'll start off by saying I did enjoy this book. I read it in 2 days and thought the concept was different and intriguing. I wanted to know everybody's story and perhaps if there were less people living in the town, then we could get to know all of them a little better. However, the ending just felt too easy for me. I felt as if everything just came together all too nicely. Fran remembers everything just at the right time even though there were "triggers" for her throughout the entire book? The sheriff kills three people and no one really cares? The sheriff is able to convince Dr. Holliday to let them live there and keep funding them no problem? And also, why is the sheriff so sure that Sung wants to be the new town's mediator? Like I feel like he barely even talked to her and her character didn't get THAT much attention? Finally, why would all these characters want to stay in the Blinds when the sheriff is constantly saying he wants Fran to leave? So, her son is going to continue to grow up in a town where he is the only child and is receiving no education? I don't know. The ending just seemed unrealistic to me. Anyone else?
Beyond that, the writing was so lazy, so disingenuous as to be actually insulting. It started out pretty mediocre--standard thriller stuff, interesting enough but not so good as to stand out from the rest of its peers in the genre. As the story starts to reach its climax, the author has all of his characters making stupid, nonsensical choices. (Spoilers ahead!) The town's founders decide they're done running the town experiment, so the best way to shut it down is to murder every single resident?? And the best way to do that is to hire some rando to gun them all down?? Please! I was rolling my eyes so hard at this point. And then we've got the residents--the author can't seem to decide whether or not they're sympathetic characters (except for the love interest, of course, bc god forbid our hero have a real moral quandary), so he makes a half-hearted gesture towards their humanity while he slaughters them. What?? So the sheriff murders two of the residents--with whom he's been living in this tiny, isolated town for eight years--in cold blood, without any hesitation. But hey, it's fine because they were criminals. Barely any acknowledgment of how f'ed up that is on the sheriff's part.
Just...I could go on, but I'm already mad I spent this much time with this book. Perhaps what's most disappointing is that with this premise, there were so very many interesting philosophical and ethical questions that could have been discussed. But it's like the author either didn't know or didn't care why his premise was interesting.
Alright, end of rant.
Step one: http://people.com/celebrities/
Step two: https://www.presidentsusa.net/presvplist.html
What's your name? Welcome to Caesura.
Let me first start by saying I enjoyed this book, however, it was not my favorite BOTM and I probably wouldn't recommend this to anyone. It was a pretty fast-paced read and an interesting concept but I think the ending could have been a little better.
Now, onto the reason I came here to write this post! I have a habit of visualizing characters as actors/celebrities because it's so much easier for me to keep up with who is who that way. Right off the bat I had Calvin Cooper pegged as Hopper from Stranger Things. I also envisioned Clint Eastwood as William Wayne and Craig Robinson as Robinson (probably only because of the last name). Am I the only one who does this?! If not, who were you visualizing while reading this?
Enjoyed this, clever concept, good page turner, and the theme of memory was interesting, but ... is it necessary (spoiler) to end it with a blood bath? Felt like I was in a Tarantino movie. This stuff is pervasive, predictable, and lazy.
I really freakin' enjoyed this book. I thought the ending was great and the characters (even though there was a million of them) were well thought out. I loved the moral ambiguity too - we know these people were the worst of the worst and did horrible things but the author made it really hard to hate them (with the exception of a few, ahem, Dietrich). I think it says a lot about ethics and how not everything is black and white.
I do wonder if he's setting up for a sequel though. There were definitely things left open-ended that could indicate that. I liked how everything was wrapped up fairly neatly but I think I would be on board for a sequel too. Anyone agree?
Wowwowwow I hated The Blinds. For a lot of reasons. But I need more time to think them over.
Here is what I will say for now. I am from Texas. I am Texan. I am that annoying person from Texas who loves being from Texas. The Blinds is based in Texas. It took me so few pages to think, "This author has never ever set foot in Texas."
Sure enough, he's from Toronto, lives in Brooklyn. But that's not to say he hasn't had experience in Texas or he didn't do research. So I messaged him on twitter and asked him. He responded with a link to this article: http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/one-question-interview-adam-sternbergh/ where he talks about "researching Texas his whole life" because of watching Westerns. And you know what? If he had gone full stereotypical Texas western I wouldn't have had a problem. But he didn't. HE DIDN'T EVEN GIVE COOPER A COWBOY HAT WHICH WOULD REALLY JUST BE UTILITARIAN.
I know it's a bit silly but I just wanted the author to do his research and he didn't and it took me out of an already sloddy piece of work.
Also, spoiler alert the one black dude gets killed for no reason. It's sloppy, it's old, it's insulting, I'm not here for it.
Anyone else feeling me?
Who else chose "The blinds" for their August BOTM?! I am starting Chapter 13 and I am finding it so hard to put this book down! What does everyone else think so far?
Okay, I've only just started this book and am about 80ish pages in...but I'm having a REALLY hard time trying to keep all of these characters straight!! Someone please tell me I'm not the only one!!