Weekly Geeks 2009-31: Second Chances

There have been times in my life where I reread a book (or author) I hated–or thought I hated–but the second time around ended up loving. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever changed your mind about a book or author the second time around? Have you ever given a book or author a second chance?

If you have, I’d love to hear your stories. Blog about your experience(s) in giving second chances.
If you haven’t, I’d like you to consider giving a book or an author a second chance. You can blog about your intentions to do so–or if you’re a quick reader, maybe you can even squeeze something in!

I can’t think of any author that I ever hated so much that I wouldn’t give him a second chance. Well, that’s not 100% true. I read a book some time ago that was so terrible, that I actually went and threw it away. That was the first book ever that I got rid of in that manner.


Die einsamen Schrecken der Liebe However, there is a book, I started to read months ago and have never finished it. In fact I got stuck on page 50 and by now I’ve forgotten everything that happened until then. It’s “The people’s act of love” by James Meek. This is the description on amazon:

In a remote Siberian village, amid a lawless, unforgiving landscape, lives Anna Petrovna, a beautiful, willfully self-reliant widowed mother. A mystical, separatist Christian sect, a stranded regiment of restless Czech soldiers, and an eerie local shaman live nearby, all struggling against the elements and great social upheaval to maintain a fragile coexistence.
Out of the woods trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia’s northernmost prison camp, with a terrifyingly outlandish story to tell about his journey. Immediately apprehended, he is brought before the Czech regiment’s megalomaniac, Captain Matula. But the stranger’s appearance has caught the attention of others, including Anna Petrovna’s.
This stranger, his bizarre story—if it is to be believed—and the apparent murder of the local shaman quickly become a flashpoint for this village: temperatures rise, alliances shift, and betrayals emerge. Written with a commanding historical authority and remarkable grace, The People’s Act of Love is an epic of desire and sacrifice that leaves the reader utterly mesmerized through to the final heart-pounding pages.

Somehow the book didn’t mesmerize me at all, even though I can’t say I disliked anything about it. It just didn’t keep my attention. I started reading other things in between, and once I start doing this, I know the fate of the book is sealed. So, maybe this week’s weekly geeks will encourage me to start all over again and possibly even finish it this time.

To see what other weekly geeks had to say, go to the Weekly Geeks site.

4 Comments Write a comment

  1. Hmm… the storyline sounds interesting, but is it heavy on the history that might make it a tough read for me.


  2. I agree with GT… The premise sounds interesting…

    I would be very interested to hear what you think of it – if you do go back to it….

    Good pick by the way – I love those sort of convoluted plot sort of stories…

    have a good week…



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