Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Book Review #1214
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Rating: zero stars (out of four)
What's the one word that I had ringing through my head after I read this book?
I did not like the ending. I didn't like the way people behaved. I didn't like the violence. I didn't like the romance between Ophelia and Hamlet. Basically, there were a lot of things I wished had been different.
The first part of this book was a completely different pace than the second half, which seemed to whip by. I thought there was too of the crazy relationship between Ophelia and Hamlet. I didn't see why there had to be so much build up, I get that they're crazy about each other, can we move on? I was tired of hearing Ophelia rant about Hamlet, I just wanted them to stop thinking of the other person. I got a little sick of the constant love/hate/love/hate turmoil between them.
I think the reason this book was so disturbing to me was because of the drastic results of corruption and the amount of people who got hurt. I just wanted the corruption to stop. I didn't see why everything had to happen like that. I know it's based on the Shakespeare play, Hamlet (and I admit that my recollection of that plot is not good) but I did not like this interpretation. I didn't like the destruction of the characters and the conclusion. I don't want to go into great details because I don't want to add any spoilers, but I just did not like the ending at all! It wasn't necessary and I felt like there wasn't a point to the story after I had finished reading it. I read the entire book to have some sort of satisfying conclusion or a moment of peace - but there was absolutely nothing and I was just left with that depressing finale. Totally Not Satisfying.
Uh, well, so much for spoiler free...
Be warned, there might be S P O I L E R S in the next section.
I also thought it was unrealistic how much the book relied on Ophelia and all the people that loved her. Near the end I felt like practically everyone had been driven to madness because of Ophelia. I also didn't understand how the people in Denmark didn't think it was remotely strange that the queen remarried her husband's brother 2 months after he died! What? And why didn't the DDI investigate why the king died so suddenly or notice how a lot of people were covering key facts and information? But as soon as everybody is dead they start questioning Ophelia? Really? I didn't care for those sections of the book at all. The questioning seemed like an added filler to the story, and I didn't think it really helped move the plot along.
End of the S P O I L E R S
I didn't appreciate the sexual content in this book. Needless to say, I would not recommend this book.