Saturday, February 26

Book Review: The Book of Days

Title: The Book of Days

Author: James L. Rubart

Pages: 376

Summary: “You will lose your mind. When it starts happening . . . you must find the Book of
Days.”

When Cameron’s dying father delivers this message, he brushes it off. Lose his memory? He’s only twenty-five. Find a book that doesn’t exist. Foolishness. Nothing more than a product of his father’s dementia.

But now, eight years after his father’s death, it’s happening. Chunks of Cameron’s life are just - gone. Even memories of his wife, killed two years ago, have slipped away. Could it be . . .? Is his father’s eerie prediction coming true?

Desperate, Cameron determines to fulfill his father’s last wish. He will find the Book of Days. But when a lead takes him to the small town of Three Peaks, Oregon, Cameron realizes dark secrets are at work. The townspeople, warm as apple pie at first, turn cold as liquid nitrogen when Cameron mentions the Book. As his mind works against him, Cameron discovers that friends may be enemies. And the one person Cameron can’t stand? She might be his strongest ally.

But there are other’s seeking the Book. Others who will stop at nothing to get it. And they’re closer than Cameron ever imagined.

My Rating: 3/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I really disliked this book, and had to push myself to finish it. In fact, if it weren’t a review book which I requested, I wouldn’t have finished it. There were many things I disliked about the book from plot, genre, themes, characters and writing style that it made for and overall unpleasant reading experience.

When I requested the book, I didn’t realize how heavy on Christianity the book would be. I figured it would be more magical realism with tiny amount Christian themes tied in. But instead I got a book where I felt like Christianity and God’s undying love for his followers was being shoved down my throat. I felt like throughout most of the book I was being preached to by the characters about why God is so great, why we should believe in him etc. This is part of the reason why I tend to stay away from the genre, and had I known more about the book I wouldn't have requested it from LibraryThing. On the positive side, I did try a genre I never really read before; at least I can honestly say I tried something new and very different than my normal reading tastes. It just didn’t work out for me. I was hoping for something completely different.

The idea behind the story was interesting; it is why I requested the book up after all. It was an original idea, and different from what I read before, but once I started reading it and realized it was more focused on Christian themes, as opposed to magical realism it quickly fell flat for me. The characters were also a major factor in my dislike for the book. They were flat and stereotypical. We have the “mysterious and nameless” bad guy, who likes to lick steal and his own blood, that isn’t revealed to the end, who is suppose to be a big surprise, but oh yeah, isn’t. Why do all the psychotic bad guys have to like licking their own blood? Why in these types of “thrillers” does this define what a “bad guy” is? Cameron was one of the most annoying characters I have ever read. His inner conflict wasn’t believable, even his pinning for his dead lover just didn't seem real to me his emotions felt forced, not real and concrete.

My final issue with the book was the writing style. I’ve seen this style is in a lot of “popular books,” Dan Brown for example, but I really can’t stand. It irritates me beyond belief when the author over describes certain actions or aspects of the story, or repeats the same thing over and over. I wanted to shout (and sometimes did) SHOW DON’T TELL! I love description of a setting or an emotion, don’t get me wrong. But when an action of sitting down in a chair is so over described it takes away from the bigger picture of what’s happening and become frustrating. Some details were told over and over it became redundant, like the model of car Cameron drove. It seemed like every time he stepped into his car, the reader was reminded exactly what type of car it was.

Overall not a good book for me, I’m sure there are readers out there who would enjoy the book, but it’s not for me. Not high on my recommendation list either.

Would I recommend it to read: No, I don’t think I would. Like I said above, I’m sure there are people who would enjoy the book. I’m sure those who enjoy the genre may like the book, but the genre was the least of the problems I had with the book.
What to read next: Eh? I’m at a complete loss on this one. The writing style reminded me of Dan Brown’s book. So if you enjoyed this book, you may want to try Dan Brown’s. But other than that, don’t know what would be a good next read.



I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's program. The review is also posted on LibraryThing.


2 comments:

  1. This is why Christian fiction is so hit and miss for me. I don't like to feel preached to excessively because I am pretty sure I have my head on straight about God, and to me it feels sort of meddlesome, if that's the right word. I also think that the plot of this one sounds interesting, but the reality of it sounds like something altogether different. I am really sorry that you didn't enjoy the book, and in fact, I think I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it either. Thanks for being so honest.

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  2. Zibilee - It just wasn't my book - I just wish the blurb was a little more forthcoming about what the book was about. It made things seem so different then they were. It has taught me to do more background research on books before I request them for review though.

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