Sunday, July 13, 2008

Book Review #196
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Rating: two stars (out of four)

From the very first sentence I was hooked, I almost couldn't put it down.  When I get books I usually tend to read just the first sentence, to get a little taste, a snip it of what the book will be like, or if the first sentence is especially good, I forget that that is all I'm going to read and wind up finishing the book in one fell swoop.  This was almost the case for this book.  

The beginning I absolutely loved, I thought it was amazing how Ray Bradbury had created this society that was so different, and yet so alike to the one we live in now, I specifically loved the firemen, and how their roles had changed so drastically.  Somewhere after the first 30 pages though, the spark of interest died down.  I found myself less then completely enthralled with this novel.  The language was a bit annoying at times, and I found some of the violence to be a little more dramatic then needed.  I was unsatisfied with where if left you in the end.  I had expected something different and it had dwindled down to almost nothing, when it had had such a roaring start in the beginning. 

Overall I really liked the whole concept of the novel and thought that it was really intriguing, but at the end I wasn't totally amazed, nor was my head buzzing with questions and ideas.  I can't say that I didn't enjoy it, but I'm not putting it on my all time favorites list anytime soon, I'd still recommend it though.

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