Oh little lambies--- I bet you were thinking this was a post all about me, weren't you?? Well... it's not. But I can certainly bring the goodies for tomorrow. Or my milk shake to the yard. Whatever.
Today is my day to review Gregory Maguire's book The Next Queen of Heaven this is released...today I believe...for TLC Book Reviewers. Description: With the new millennium approaching, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues after being clocked by a Catholic statuette. Her daughter, Tabitha, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus—whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K. The ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group. The Radical Radiants battle the Catholics. A Christmas pageant goes horribly awry. And a child is born. Only a modern master like Gregory Maguire could spin a tale as frantic, funny, and farcical as The Next Queen of Heaven.
Everyone knows that I read a LOT and I love all kinds of books. And usually the first sign of me giving a good review or not is whether I feel pulled in. And I have to say--- this book didn't pull me in. I didn't feel like the story was really worthy of a book. None of the characters are particularly appealing. While I was sympathetic to the gay choir master who dreams to make it big and has a gay friend dying of AIDS, the rest were pretty much take it or leave it. Honestly- the story should have just been about Jeremy (the gay choir master), his friends, and them being in the little religious town. The only time I perked up was when it switched to their point of view and then their interactions with the nuns who let them use their home to practice their music. I didn't like reading about Tabitha, who becomes the leader of the family once their mother falls ill after having a run in with a statue. Tabitha is a spoiled brat. Her brothers are essentially useless and aren't really strong enough to carry a story on their own. Throughout the whole thing I just got more and more annoyed. In fact- it didn't really feel like anything was happening until the last quarter of the book and then it all happened relatively fast. I didn't feel as if the story was frantic, the only funny part was the Christmas pageant (mildly) and I wouldn't say it was farcical. I struggled to finish this book. A book this size should only take me a day, maybe two to read but this took me THREE WEEKS to read. I just couldn't make myself read more than 20 pages in a sitting. I really struggled with finishing it. I wasn't satisfied with the ending either. I mean, how does Jeremy's show end up? What happens to Tabitha and baby? I just felt like I had a lot of unanswered questions and I wasn't sure how I felt about that.
BUT--- I will say that there are some people out there who would love this book. The description truly doesn't give enough of a description. While these things happened- they were all minor pieces of the story so I don't know. I'm really not sure what to think about it.
**If you are interested in reading this book, I will send it to you for free. The first person to comment on this post saying they want it----it's yours. :)