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Time Traveler's wife: Must read or overrated?

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boogiewoogie Sun 16-Aug-09 20:55:51

What do mners think? I've seen this title come up a lot on the AF threads and I know that the film is coming out soon so is this worth reading at all or over hyped trash?

I'll probably end up reading it anyway out of curiosity.

MaryBS Sun 16-Aug-09 20:58:46

Its the sort of book you ought to read once, I enjoyed it, but wouldn't read it again, as part of the fun is not knowing what'll happen 'next', as much as there can be a 'next' when there's copious amounts of time travel!

MillieMummy Sun 16-Aug-09 21:01:50

Must read..........

I really rate this book - it's wonderful.

DMonabonfireinadeepdarkwood Sun 16-Aug-09 21:02:13

first 2/3 are worth reading. Last 1/3 not.

JustcallmeDog Sun 16-Aug-09 21:02:19

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Nighbynight Sun 16-Aug-09 21:06:28

I have picked this up in the bookshop a few times, but can't bring myself to buy it. It just strikes me as a pointless product of the chattering classes.

hambo Sun 16-Aug-09 21:07:14

loved it

Anonymumandlikeit Sun 16-Aug-09 21:08:15

hated it

weegiemum Sun 16-Aug-09 21:08:50

I loved it and blubbed myself silly at the end ....

DailyMailsaysVOTELABOUR Sun 16-Aug-09 21:09:11

I read it out of curiosity. Felt manipulated by the end. Took a long time to get into and I didn't like any of the characters. It's not worth reading but some people love it.

Tobermory Sun 16-Aug-09 21:09:30

I found it quite slow-going initially but how I sobbed! Loved it!

andiem Sun 16-Aug-09 21:10:08

loved it

piscesmoon Sun 16-Aug-09 21:11:28

I didn't like it-I read it to the end but found it distinctly irritating.

JoeJoe1977 Sun 16-Aug-09 21:11:53

It's good, but not worth reading more than once.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 16-Aug-09 21:12:17

I've read worse books but I didn't love it. Found it difficult to get into but did have a little cry at some points. I didn't feel like I'd wasted time reading it so I suppose it was worth it

Anonymumandlikeit Sun 16-Aug-09 21:12:39

Yes,irritating.I couldn't warm to the characters at all.

Hassled Sun 16-Aug-09 21:13:17

I really enjoyed it, if you can call blubbing like a loon enjoyment. It is heartbreaking at times.

stickylittlefingers Sun 16-Aug-09 21:29:08

I thought it was enjoyable garbage.

Lizzzombie Sun 16-Aug-09 21:31:41

I really enjoyed it. Its a bit complicated with all the too-ing & fro-ing, but I thought it was an original idea and a good story.
I am looking forward to seeing the film next week.

poppy34 Sun 16-Aug-09 21:34:08

Loved it but read it when was bit vulnerable so some of the themes touched home- not sure about the film as not sure it's something that you could translate to film

crumpet Sun 16-Aug-09 21:38:09

Overrated. Clever idea but th ewritign didn't live up to it imo

expatinscotland Sun 16-Aug-09 21:42:17


and the film based on it looks even worse.

it was shitty shite.

Glynne Sun 16-Aug-09 21:50:27

Overated crappola.

Interesting idea (as time travel stories often are) but charerctres simplistic and story irratating. I just skipped pges at a time to get the gist of the story and read the end.

I heard a good review of the film however from mark kermode who I usually rate, so I may till give that a go.

Also everyone in my book club loved it.

But thet were wrong.

expatinscotland Sun 16-Aug-09 21:51:58

They sure were, Glynne.

NobodynearaYurtreadstheDM Sun 16-Aug-09 21:54:23

I agree that it is a book worth reading
I liked it but wouldnt read it again 3 out of 5 from me

The film looks utterly awful, I couldnt even bear to watch all of the trailer!

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