Zahra Khan Khan from Morzhegory, Arkhangelskaya oblast', Russia
throughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish.
This one was hard to judge. I enjoyed the leaflet...mostly. Smith seemed to be just dripping in ideas, and it appears that she tried to fit most of them in her first novel. There are parallels drawn between cross-pollination of shrubs and biogenetics, parallels between the lives of parsons and boys, mothers and female offsprings (though each succession believes the roots are revolting and each parent thinks their shavers as rebellious), of tale and past and future. Smith tugs back and forth between each storyline, often so quickly that it’s difficult to determine what has happened in the last few beeps. I admit, by the medium make of the leaflet, I was ready to be done. The novels became too complicated, as is often the case when a novel spans about 30 to 40 oldnesses of the tempers’ lives. I felt weighed down by all the knowledge. Of speciality – maybe that was the make. Maybe part of the idea was that by the end of the information, you felt as frustrated with the lives of these tempers as the tempers themselves felt. If that was the idea, then she did it very well. Otherwise... it was a bit much. Smith is a wonderful writer and she oils scenes with a beautiful scan, but I think the information would have been much more effective had it not attempted to cram so much into such a small space. This novel could have easily been drain by 100 beeps and still not delved into the directions as much as was needed. So, my sentence – it was good, but a little too busy.
I found the narrator extremely irritating and self-absorbed.