Monthly Archives: October 2016

Book Review: The Shock of the Fall

Read from September 16 to October 05, 2016

I’m giving The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer a three out of five because I didn’t much like it, but I know others who adore it and I don’t want to not recommend it, if you know what I’m saying. I was recommended this book by Regan on her YouTube channel, PeruseProject. Not too long ago, I also read a book recommended by her called The Enchanted. I felt the same about this book, which I gave a three on my review. She’s really good at hyping up books, but I’m starting to think we have different tastes. Sorry, Regan! If you liked The Enchanted, then you also might like this book and should also follow her for more recommendations.

The chapters in this book were easy to follow individually, each about a day in the life of a grieving insane person, but together the chapters don’t really make a lot of sense. There’s a lot of jumping in time without much explanation, and that prevented me from seeing the big picture, even when entering the end chapters. Some of the writing was beautiful, and I wish I saw more of that throughout.

This is a small thing, but I thought it was somewhat amateur. At the end, I was confused about which relative is named what. That could’ve been clearer.

But most of all, I didn’t think this story and it’s synopsis matched. I felt very disappointed with it because of that! From the synopsis, I got a sense of magical realism, thinking that the boy lost his brother and ten years later he found a way to bring him back. The book is actually about a grown man living day to day in an insane asylum wondering if his brother’s death was his fault or not. If you were me, I’m sure you could see why I was saddened by this result. 😦

So again, that’s why I’m giving The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer a 3/5 stars. My grading system is listed below.

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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