Archive for October, 2013

A Review: The Rosie Project

16181775Goodreads Review – 3 out of 5 stars

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion was an interesting story. Perhaps because I’d read another review that likened it to the Big Bang Theory TV show, I couldn’t get that comparison out of my mind. Professor Don Tillman is a genetics professor, and it’s hinted at that he has Asperger’s Syndrome. I have one son with Asperger’s and another with Autism so I am very familiar with the personality traits and characteristics. The Professor has decided to start “the Wife Project” because he feels it’s time to get married. He puts together a 16 page double-sided questionnaire to filter out the unsuitable candidates. Rosie is sent to see him by a friend, and since she is not a suitable candidate, Don ends up starting “the Rosie Project” instead to help her find her biological father.

There were parts of this book that were funny, but I don’t think it was hysterically funny. It could have been funnier. I found the professor’s thought pattern habit of guessing everyone’s age and BMI when he met them to be tiresome after a while. That was the main Asperger’s trait that seemed to stick. He even loosened up his rigid schedule and habits as the story went on. The characters were from Australia, and I didn’t get that until they were on a plane to New York, and then I had to back track and try to figure out where they were coming from. I wish there had been more description of Don’s physical appearance other than with a different haircut, he looked a bit like Gregory Peck. Maybe a better description would have erased the image of Sheldon Cooper from my mind’s eye every time I tried to visualize the story.

I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. I kept waiting for something else to happen. It just felt like it was lacking something. I wish it had been less like Big Bang and there had been more romance or humor or more something.


A Review: The Last Clinic: A Darla Cavannah Mystery

3 of 5 Stars

13625328***Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Alibi, for providing me with a copy for review.***

The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick was a murder mystery starring female detective, Darla Cavannah. Darla lives in Jackson, MS. She’s from Philadelphia originally, and she’s recently widowed. Her husband was a local hero and former NFL football player. I liked how the book began, and I liked Darla. She was smart and tough, but she also had a vulnerable side as she’s still dealing with her grief over her husband’s passing. The mystery part of the story is the murder of a local preacher who’s also a religious zealot.

The story lost me when the author decided to give Darla a love life. It was too fast, and it was unbelievable. As I read it, I wondered why she suddenly changed from someone who was tough and had morals into someone who was needy and sleazy. It was a far-fetched romance. I also did not care for Darla’s police partner – the Elvis impersonator. I kept hoping at one point in the story that he’d get shot and they’d get rid of his character. He added nothing to the story line for me. If the author had shown the reason why this guy was such an idiot or let us see his other side, the character might have been more interesting. I found myself hoping at one point that he’d solve the mystery, and he’d ask for Darla’s help and they’d work together as a team. I wanted his character to surprise hers.

I liked the book until the so-called romance entered in. I would have preferred it if it had just stayed an attraction and a flirtation. It didn’t have to go farther than that. The murder mystery part of the story was interesting; the character development was not.