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Posted November 28, 2012
Well, I have thought about this a lot over the last two days. In light of my last review, I wanted to be fair and yet, not over compensate. I vacillated between three and four stars for a while, but due to the fact that the book actually caused me to give up sleep (I stayed up until midnight reading the last few chapters, I had to see how it ended), I felt that it deserved the upgrade.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
On my first attempt at this book I quickly became confused and frustrated at where it was coming from. This was mainly due to two factors as far as I can ascertain. One of my issues I am convinced was the fact that I started reading the book in an environment that was less than conducive to concentration and this was exacerbated by the fact that the first few chapters give you a lot of information that makes sense later. It's all a lot of, "you'll see" in the beginning. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that at times you will feel as though "you don't know who you can trust", but that is part of the charm and engagement of the story. I would say that by the end of chapter six he had me hooked. At that point I thought I knew where the story was going...I was wrong...but it had captured me anyway.
I loved the author's use of mentioning various works that make the reader think, "Oh, I loved that!", or "Hmmmm, I'll have to read that now!" From Lovecraft to Bronte, there are many such references within the story. His mention of Mr. Rochester especially touched a warm place in my heart, that being my all time favorite novel. Make no mistake, those of you who are no fan of Jane, this book is absolutely nothing like a Bronte novel! It is a dark thriller with a sci-fi feel and a "green" touch. I am very glad that I gave Vacation another chance!
Posted January 12, 2008
Bernard Johnson started out as teacher and then he became a lesson plan writer, sort of like a teacher for teachers. He had the constant feeling he would not be where he was in life if it were not for his father. Bernard never felt courageous or independent, and now he was starting to fall out of love with his much younger girlfriend Hillary something had to be done. That is when the idea to Vacation popped into his head, he needed this, he needed to find himself. While on Vacation a lot of strange things happened. Lucid dreams plagued him, images of a sister he never met talked to him as if she were there in person, and a student that once was male and taunted Bernard was now a woman. An attractive woman none the less, and now they were semi-friends. Until one day when an injection would turn his already increasingly strange world upside down ten-fold. I can not begin to explain all the weirdness Bernard experiences from Chapter eight on. I am honestly not sure what to think of the novel Vacation. Personally it is too hard to get a grasp as to what is going on for me. Thoughts and events seem to run together and don¿t make sense sometimes. Vacation to me is a young adult read with the occasional obscenity I say this because it would be something a YA would enjoy and find humor in most parts and suspense in others. Jeremy C. Shipp has a way of painting the picture he wants portrayed to the reader perfectly. The characters were very colorful and well detailed. His storyline was not of my tastes exactly but I am only one person and so far he has received rave reviews for Vacation. There are twists along Bernard¿s journey that kept the book interesting, and stepping into Bernard¿s mind proves mind-boggling all in its own. Mr. Shipp is an exceptional writer, and hopefully later in the future we will cross paths again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.