Project Wonderful

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Land Of A Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen

Summary: Gibson McGraw (Gibby) was in car accident that damaged part of her brain and causes her to be what her grandfather calls NQR (Not Quite Right). Gibby practices to become a reporter by solving a murder and proving to her dead mama she can become QR again.

My Thoughts: I'll be honest: I wouldn't have picked this book on my own. I read it because of the Refer A Book Friday Contest, the point of which is to read something I may not have picked myself. To expand my horizons, so to speak. Thanks to Shana for suggesting Land of A Hundred Wonders, I hope she enjoys her copy of Night Watch by Sarah Waters. Check back this Friday for your own chance to win a book!
Land of a Hundred Wonders took place in Kentucky in 1973 and had quite a bit of mystery, and I liked that. I related a lot to the main character Gibby having certain memory problems myself. I also like the way she was written when she talked or thought. When she would forget things people didn't keep repeating things to her over and over, which can get annoying if done wrong. The book kept the pace pretty steady too ... although I will say it comes very close to being a story with a stupidity plot, where if people aren't doing obvious, stupid things, then their wouldn't be a conflict in the first place. I think the author was trying to show that, like Gibby, mostly everyone has there NQR moments and not that they were all stupid. But sometimes I did wonder... There were times the characters did things that surprised me, and then there were also some predictable moments. I haven't read many books that take place in the south, in fact the only other one I can think of is Gone With the Wind, and my only real problem with this was I didn't like how everyone seemed to not think things through. Despite that, I did find the book enjoyable. 3 Stars

About the Author: Lesley Kagen is the author of one other book, entitled Whistling in the Dark. She is the mother of two and owns a restaurant with her husband in California.

If you would like to win a free copy of this book come back on Friday for Refer A Book Friday!


Anonymous said...

Every now and then I will find cool treasures like this.

Shana said...

Shannon, I enjoyed reading your review!