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Posted May 29, 2010
'Light Boxes' is certainly not a bad book, but it has been the disappointment of the year for me so far. I discovered this book while researching one of my new favorites, 'The Lost Books of the Odyssey'. The cover drew me in and the premise convinced me I would like it. Also learning that Spike Jonze was going to make it into a movie piqued my interest even more. The problem with this story is that it feels like a really short little fairytale that has been contrived into a 160 page book. The whole thing feels unnatural. As far as the writing style goes, it is abrupt, unique, but still engaging enough. That's not the problem. The problem is the story itself just does not warrant being as long as is is. The plot is very disjointed and don't look for very much to make sense. Characters seemed to simply exist, motivation was given to some of their actions but due to the writing style it was difficult to feel too convinced. I sometimes got the sense that Jones was being weird just for weirdness sake. It's certainly a commendable first effort from a very promising author, but 'Light Boxes' never quite delivers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2011
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