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What disappointed you about Snakewoman of Little Egypt?
“This book is chock full of lost potential. A novel should be a long answer to a good question. The author had a brilliant notion to create a morally ambiguous situation--one that *could* have illuminated the culturally relevant topics of religious abuse, deconversion, and cast an anthropological eye on religious ecstasy. Instead, Hellenga decides to spend page after page lecturing us on completely irrelevant topics that do not lend even the slightest contribution to answering the excellent questions his novel puts forth. It reminds me of a student who had to write a 10,000 word essay for his history professor, and decided to copy-and-paste 4,000 words from a science paper he just wrote in order to make the word count.
The pygmies were not relevant. Playing the timpani is grossly irrelevant. The whole shoppingcart subplot was irrelevant. The French language lessons were irrelevant. He even inserted a slide show through Paris: IRRELEVANT!
This novel is badly in need of a good editor. It's a bait-and-switch; Hellenga promises a fascinating glimpse into a woman who deconverts from a snake-handling cult, and then says
What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?
Coleen Marlo is a FANTASTIC reader. She clearly delineated all the characters, even the male ones. When a character was crying, she sounded like she was crying. She's masterful.
There were a few times when she would have benefited from a better director. She repeatedly used the phrase
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
The storyline was slow to get started. The lead character was not what I expected her to be. Good writing but very very weak and slow for my taste.