Official Review: Red - Bastard Child by David Valley

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Re: Official Review: Red - Bastard Child by David Valley

Post by Helen_Combe » 14 Sep 2018, 14:30

Shame, it looks like a book with great potential but instead is superficial. I like books with underlying messages. Great review.
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Post by Georgia Lyonhyde » 14 Sep 2018, 16:36

Dael Reader wrote:
13 Sep 2018, 15:39
Georgia Lyonhyde wrote:
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Thanks for the great review. It reads like you have put a lot of thought into how best to sell the book without putting people off by some of the major flaws it has.

In all honesty, I'm not a fan of the Great Depression era. Steinbeck was the nail in the coffin. I think personally, I am not interested enough to read this book myself, but it's the kind of book I would happily listen to a friend harp on about if they were reading it over time. You have sold Red and I am invested in him, but the lack of depth with the other characters would frustrate me.
Dael Reader wrote:Thanks for your comment. This was a hard one to rate because I thought Red was such a likable kind of guy, but it was very frustrating to be left in the dark about the deep thoughts for all the characters. And one of the problems I had with the book was that it didn't make any particular comments or allusions to the socioeconomic or political climate of the Depression, other then letting us know that's when the book takes place. I think it would have been better to have something added along those lines. "Steinbeck was the nail in the coffin." I chuckled on that one. I actually like East of Eden, but Grapes of Wrath?? I never figured out why that one seems to be the bigger classic.
Lol, it was Grapes of Wrath I was thinking of when I typed my comment. It's a shame because I think if you set a bvook in a certain era, you should expand on that. As much as I don't like the Great Depression and all the red dust, it's an important element, you need to elaborate on the eneral displacement migrationcaused, the poverty, etc. It was a character building and breaking time. In some ways, it sounds like the book could have been set in whatever time and it wouldn't have mattered. Perhaps the author would have done better not to mention it at all.
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Post by Dael Reader » 14 Sep 2018, 20:19

Helen_Combe wrote:
14 Sep 2018, 14:30
Shame, it looks like a book with great potential but instead is superficial. I like books with underlying messages. Great review.
Dael Reader wrote:I suspect every reader over the age of 10 would expect some underlying messages. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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Post by Cotwani » 15 Sep 2018, 18:10

I like it when an author creates a likeable main character. I'm already rooting for Red, because despite the abuse of his childhood, he somehow finds the confidence and determination to press forward in search of a better, happier life. It is a pity about the lack of character depth and mechanical errors. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by Kat Berg » 17 Sep 2018, 12:24

This starts out sounding like a difficult read because of the abuse, but other than that, like it had great promise. What a disappointment when a book fails to measure up to your hopes. I, too, know the struggle to find an appropriate rating for a book like this.

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Post by Dael Reader » 17 Sep 2018, 14:55

Cotwani wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 18:10
I like it when an author creates a likeable main character. I'm already rooting for Red, because despite the abuse of his childhood, he somehow finds the confidence and determination to press forward in search of a better, happier life. It is a pity about the lack of character depth and mechanical errors. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by Dael Reader » 17 Sep 2018, 14:58

Kat Berg wrote:
17 Sep 2018, 12:24
This starts out sounding like a difficult read because of the abuse, but other than that, like it had great promise. What a disappointment when a book fails to measure up to your hopes. I, too, know the struggle to find an appropriate rating for a book like this.
Dael Reader wrote:The abuse that Red suffers from his family is not graphically described for the most part. We the readers are just told that he is abused without too many exact details. But yes, this book did fail to measure up to my hopes. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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Post by jcoad » 17 Sep 2018, 21:55

I just suffered through a "memoir" that ended up just being a bunch of random stories from childhood to adulthood. Sounds just like this book, stories but nothing more. At least give me a cohesive plot and some depth. Appreciate the honest and thorough review!

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Post by Allyseria » 19 Sep 2018, 15:01

Thank you for your review! When I read a book, I like it when authors take you deeper into the life and times of the characters. It's not a good read for me if the book just skims the surface so I understand completely why you docked a star.

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Post by Eva Darrington » 21 Sep 2018, 15:52

This premise has great potential that apparently went unrealized in this book. I was thinking I would like this one, early on in your review, but I would be annoyed by the absence of deeper socioeconomic themes. I imagine the deeper psychological issues around the illegitimacy weren't fleshed out either. Your review gets 4 stars, without a doubt. Thanks for the introduction to this book.
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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 22 Sep 2018, 02:48

Never mind the brothers, how can a mother abuse her own child? It's sad that we are not given the insight thoughts of the characters to learn how each action affect them emotionally, and the fact that the book is poorly edited doesn't help the case either. It comprises an interesting plot though. Fascinating review!

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Post by AliceofX » 22 Sep 2018, 05:42

Dael Reader wrote:
12 Sep 2018, 16:49
And in the early chapters, Red's friend Lou alludes to the stories of Finn and Sawyer, which added to my expectation that this would be a similar adventure story.
Ah, I see. Now your comparison makes sense.

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Post by Dael Reader » 23 Sep 2018, 13:57

jcoad wrote:
17 Sep 2018, 21:55
I just suffered through a "memoir" that ended up just being a bunch of random stories from childhood to adulthood. Sounds just like this book, stories but nothing more. At least give me a cohesive plot and some depth. Appreciate the honest and thorough review!
Dael Reader wrote:Yes! This was definitely part of my critique. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Dael Reader » 23 Sep 2018, 13:57

Allyseria wrote:
19 Sep 2018, 15:01
Thank you for your review! When I read a book, I like it when authors take you deeper into the life and times of the characters. It's not a good read for me if the book just skims the surface so I understand completely why you docked a star.
Dael Reader wrote:Exactly. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Dael Reader » 23 Sep 2018, 13:58

Eva Darrington wrote:
21 Sep 2018, 15:52
This premise has great potential that apparently went unrealized in this book. I was thinking I would like this one, early on in your review, but I would be annoyed by the absence of deeper socioeconomic themes. I imagine the deeper psychological issues around the illegitimacy weren't fleshed out either. Your review gets 4 stars, without a doubt. Thanks for the introduction to this book.
Dael Reader wrote:And thank you for your comment.

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