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One of my favorite YA trilogies (I won't tell you which) is awesome until the very end when the heroine beats the bad guy by acquiring immortality. While my colleague Katie loved this ending, it always majorly disturbed me, and How to Stop Time is the perfect illustration of why. Immortality is a bummer, guys. Matt Haig's protagonist, Tom, though not technically immortal—just looking forward to a 900+ years—is depressed. Everyone he's ever dared to love is dead, and he can't really settle into a home for more than a decade or so without raising serious—and dangerous—suspicions. In his current identity he's based in London and teaching (of course) history, and this is why, despite Tom's glumness, I just LOVED this book. I may not wish for immortality, but I do wish I could travel back in time. Tom's narration whisks you back to the Tudor period, the Jazz Age, the Gold Rush, and there's something truly remarkable about looking at history from a bird's eye view: Tom has our (and by "our" I mean "we mere humans") number, and we aren't the smartest of beasts. We are quite literally repeating ourselves. And While Tom may be exasperated and even a bit bored by our antics, this is the least boring book I've devoured in quite some time.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who likes depressing, no hope plots... This thing is filled with a dull recounting of past memories, that are full of regrets, sadness and fretting over decisions.
What do you think your next listen will be?
I am not sure... I have to find something to cleanse my brain after this...
How could the performance have been better?
I am not qualified enough to suggest anything in a literary way... Not sure if its the story itself, or the narration... Most likely both... Although the story often dictates the narration...
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I am not sure at this moment... I am over half way through and I don't think I can finish.. I keep waiting to see if things improve. NO IT JUST KEEPS SLOGGING ON... DEPRESSING... DARK... NO HOPE!
Any additional comments?
I might skip ahead to the end to see if there is any hope... But think my only reward will be the end of the book... I will think twice about reading anything from this author again.... Just not my cup of tea....
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