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Review: Fingersmith


Fingersmith
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If only I could stay awake after finishing reading a book so as to write the review right then. Now I almost gave the book four stars because the excitement had abated. But I asked myself how was the writing? It was very well done. Such a blessing against all the newer authors’ works. Then I asked, How was the plot, did it hold together, make me want more? As if in answer I remembered not being able to stop reading. I thought it about it during my non-reading times. And how about the characters? Did I care about them? You bet! I even cared about the support teams at home and elsewhere. All were well-developed and fleshed out. And the question I ask that would make a difference in whether a book gets four or five stars: Will I remember it fondly much later. I could answer that with a resounding, YES!

So there you have it a five star book! And that rating works for the hardback that I had to reference to on ocassions and the Kindle version I used the most. I even rate the narrator, Juanita McMahon, as she was able to add to the stories depth and enjoyment, for me. She acted out the characters with such strength that I missed her voice when I read without the Audible version. In fact, because there is something glitchy with the Audible/Kindle sych, where it didn’t quite meet up and so I couldn’t read in the same place as the narrator, I ended up listening more and crocheted on my WIP only glancing at the hardback from time to time.

For those afraid to read something labeled lesbian or LGBT, this book is mild and the erotic scene plays into the full story. The story is what pulls you, what is going to happen, keeps you reading. It is not erotica for erotica’s sake. Not that that is a bad thing in my book. However, when teachers are assigning classics to their classes, Fingersmith should be there right alongside of A Tale of Two Cities or Oliver.

By the way, another thing that brings this book up to its five-star rating is the satisfying ending. And the feeling that I would love to read this again someday, and other works by Sarah Waters. I do have the Fingersmith DVD and can hardly wait to watch it!

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I woke yesterday at 2pm. I got nothing done. Thought it was the stupidest thing I had done since I was a teen. But today I woke at 3pm. Geez. Okay, so part of it is the chronic fatigue/fibro that makes me so tired and once I get awake I try to do all I can to feel normal. But that means I see the sunrise at 5am and fight to go to sleep. 

Reading or watching TV or movies on Netflix helps me hide from the pain while I’m awake. So, I finished reading Fingersmith last night and didn’t feel like sleeping because it was such an exciting last few chapters. (Review to follow.) Then I got involved in a Netflix series called Land Girls about ladies who helped in the war effort in England. I am not well versed on wars and only want to know what my sisters were doing while men proved whose bombs are bigger. I especially like one of the girls, Bea, I think is her name. She looks like “Rose” from Doctor Who. I’ve already forgotten both actresses names, but honestly they could be twins or at least sisters. Anyway, the show is interesting enough to keep my pain-brain busy while not being adrenaline driven.

Here it is, time to turn on the lights and I’ve barely eaten breakfast? Lunch? Blinner? Part of the problem is my hubby worked nights for so long that his clock is permanently screwed up. My biorhythms adjusted to what is natural to me–bedtime should be about 2am. And then extended to his. Grrr!

Okay, now to write my review.


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