Overall rating and opinion of "Final Notice" by Van Fleisher

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Re: Overall rating and opinion of "Final Notice" by Van Fleisher

Post by anwidmer » 26 Jun 2018, 11:20

chupke07 wrote:
26 Jun 2018, 11:15
anwidmer wrote:
26 Jun 2018, 11:09
chupke07 wrote:
26 Jun 2018, 11:06
I recently read and reviewed this book. While I found it interesting the style was a bit distracting and the political overtones were not great. The message of the book is good, but I can see why some people would be turned off by it.
The political views are extreme left correct?
They are, which is fine by me personally, but it turns off an entire group of people from being able to see the point of the book. There is no good point to preaching about something to people who already agree with you.
That was my though exactly. If it had a bit more middle ground it would be much more appealing to me. Im interested in giving it a shot but turned off by the extreme left view as like you said, most right wing persons probably are.

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Post by chupke07 » 26 Jun 2018, 12:24

I would suggest giving it a shot, but be warned you may not like it. The story is interesting and the characters are likeable, but it is heavily political.

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Post by Storm+ » 26 Jun 2018, 19:14

For me, Final Notice by Van Fleisher was a very interesting novel. I enjoyed the narrative style in particular, largely because the author made the conscious choice not to confine the narrative to the main character, Vince. Instead, he used a third person narrator, which allowed for many different characters' voices to be heard. That said, I was disappointed that the author didn't use this as an opportunity to illuminate all sides of the gun control debate by making at least one of the main characters a supporter of gun rights. By providing almost entirely "liberal" narrators, I feel as though he severely limited the amount of potential readers he could have received from a more "conservative" audience.

However, overall, I rated this book a 3 out of 4 because I truly did enjoy reading it, apart from a few minor structural flaws.

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Post by cpedley » 11 Jul 2018, 18:16

I found this book to be extremely easy to read. It was clear what was happening and what each character felt and to engage in their lives. To be honest, the more I think about the book the more I see it to be more as a discussion of guns, but also an exploration of perspectives. Different people and experiences are included.
I love the concept of time and if we should know it’s near the end of lives or not. There are pros and cons of that, just as there are with guns. Maybe there is a reflection or analogy happening there!
I would read this in full just to see what happens with everyone and how they decide to use their last week.

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