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

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Post by bookowlie » 04 Aug 2015, 12:16

Leon Durham wrote:@bluemel4

Slow reads...

Like, "does this book have a ending?"

And when you conclude...

Like, "phew!"
Not sure if this was meant for me or not. Anyway, it's not that type of slow read. It's more of a very slow pace due to the frequent detailed introspection by the main characters in alternating POV. There is also just a really slow pace to the story, almost as if it's in slow motion at times. It's still a very good book.
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 04 Aug 2015, 13:17

@bookowlie

I hear you. But how was the build up close to the end?
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Aug 2015, 13:21

Basically I thought there was a slow pace throughout the book. Slow, but steady. The alternating points of views contributing to the slow pace, but were certainly not the only reason for it.
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 04 Aug 2015, 15:07

Leon, your description of slow books was definitely something I could relate to! And every time I attempt to read a slow book, it ruins reading for me that much more in the future. It makes it more of a chore and a stressor, rather than something enjoyable. (One good reason I'm not on the review team--it just sucks away my energy to try to plow through something that never gets there!!) No offense to the author--this does look like a great book--but I can understand why BookOwlie took off a star. To me, trying to read something with no forward momentum is worse than watching grass grow or paint dry, ya know? It's just HARD!

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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 04 Aug 2015, 15:32

@zeldas-lullaby

Lol! Some books are long enough to be a trilogy.
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Post by Jesska6029 » 04 Aug 2015, 15:57

This book review is stellar. Great work. I loved reading it!
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Aug 2015, 17:35

Thanks Jesska! It was a thought-provoking book. By the way, I love the J.K. Rowling quote in your signature. :)
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Post by NadineTimes10 » 04 Aug 2015, 19:41

I read about a quarter of this novel. Though I personally wasn't ready for the amount of strong language, the imagery is indeed superb. I've had a newfound interest in military fiction lately. Great review!

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Post by RussetDivinity » 04 Aug 2015, 20:40

This is a wonderful review, and the book sounds very interesting! I doubt I'll have a chance to find a copy, since my schedule's been really tight and I don't have much time for slower-paced books, but if I see it around, I'll definitely consider it.
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Post by bookowlie » 05 Aug 2015, 11:06

NadineTimes10 wrote:I read about a quarter of this novel. Though I personally wasn't ready for the amount of strong language, the imagery is indeed superb. I've had a newfound interest in military fiction lately. Great review!
Thanks! When you finish the book, let me know what you think about the rest of the book. I don't remember the amount of strong language being excessive. It might be I read a book a few months ago with such an excess of curse words throughout the book that anything I read after that seems tame. :)

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RussetDivinity, Thanks for taking the time to read my review. Although the book is slow paced, the writing is excellent.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 14 Aug 2015, 13:30

Wonderful, detailed review! This sounds like a very interesting book!
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Post by bookowlie » 14 Aug 2015, 17:28

Thanks! The story is very thought-provoking.
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Post by gali » 27 Jun 2016, 08:04

I already commented on this review when it was published, but wanted to congratulates the author for the Book of the Day! A thought-provoking story is a sign of a good book. :)
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Post by signed » 27 Jun 2016, 08:13

Thanks for the review!

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Post by hsimone » 27 Jun 2016, 10:06

Wonderful review, bookowlie! Stories about wartime and the affects it has on people has always intrigued me. It helps me to remember the bravery these people face. Such a great concept for a book!

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