Official Review: Once in a Blue Year by Michael D. Durkota

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Post by bookowlie » 02 Aug 2015, 22:44

Thanks. The main characters felt so real that I wondered if the author based them on people he knew.
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 02 Aug 2015, 23:05

Yeah, that makes sense. Well, he definitely sounds like a great writer.

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Post by bookowlie » 02 Aug 2015, 23:14

I also thought the title was kind of catchy.
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 02 Aug 2015, 23:20

It is nifty. A play on "once in a blue moon," I guess?

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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 03 Aug 2015, 06:11

Yes, the subject matter is old, but for some reason - and this includes books revolving around the transition of soldiers to civilian life - I like reading war stories. A good one is always hard to find and considering your summary of the plot, I would definitely read this.

Excellent review, bookowlie! You never disappoint.

Well done to the author for a four star rating. Your book definitely sounds like a winner!
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Post by bookowlie » 03 Aug 2015, 09:36

Leon Durham wrote:Yes, the subject matter is old, but for some reason - and this includes books revolving around the transition of soldiers to civilian life - I like reading war stories. A good one is always hard to find and considering your summary of the plot, I would definitely read this.

Excellent review, bookowlie! You never disappoint.

Well done to the author for a four star rating. Your book definitely sounds like a winner!
Thanks Leon! I rated the book 3 stars for a few reasons, but I still enjoyed the book. :)
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 03 Aug 2015, 10:20

@bookowlie

Get what you're saying. I just read a similar book that was filled with realistic characters.
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Post by bookowlie » 03 Aug 2015, 19:10

Leon Durham wrote:@bookowlie

Get what you're saying. I just read a similar book that was filled with realistic characters.
The main characters have stayed with me days after I finished the book.
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Post by Tanaya » 04 Aug 2015, 08:10

I agree with everyone that this was such a great review! I particularly enjoyed your opinion on crafting characters.
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Aug 2015, 08:33

zeldas_lullaby wrote:It is nifty. A play on "once in a blue moon," I guess?
I assumed the same thing. I also think it's memorable and that's always good for marketing purposes. :)

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Tanaya wrote:I agree with everyone that this was such a great review! I particularly enjoyed your opinion on crafting characters.
Thanks Tanaya. With the main characters, the author did a great job of making them layered and flawed. I liked that they weren't strictly good or bad, although they didn't always make the best choices.
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Post by bluemel4 » 04 Aug 2015, 10:50

bookowlie wrote:
Leon Durham wrote:@bookowlie

Get what you're saying. I just read a similar book that was filled with realistic characters.
The main characters have stayed with me days after I finished the book.
Having a book stay with you after reading it is always a wonderful sign. :D
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Aug 2015, 11:04

Very true. You know, I struggled with the rating. There were reasons I didn't give it 4 stars. Still, in this case, I really wish there was a 5-star or half-star rating system.
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Post by bluemel4 » 04 Aug 2015, 11:48

I just added this to my to-read list. Between your review and subsequent comments this seems like a must read. :D
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Aug 2015, 11:49

Just be prepared....it's a slow read.
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 04 Aug 2015, 12:03

@bluemel4

Slow reads...

Like, "does this book have a ending?"

And when you conclude...

Like, "phew!"
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