Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jaws and 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Part 12

How do I fight blogger fatigue?

I fight blogger fatigue by either taking a day or two off, or posting about something totally off topic.  I usually can get back into a groove pretty quickly! :D

Title: Jaws
Author: Peter Benchley
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1974
Format: Library Copy
Genre: Horror, Classic


The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again -- or for the first time!


Benchly wrote a very real depiction of a small beach town, with believable, although boring characters.  The plot was not exactly exciting, although the moments of attack certainly stirred up trouble. 



Brody is a classic small town policeman who's interest in the general public's safety is genuine.  With that given, however, he wasn't all that interesting or gripping.  He was a good guy in all, but his obliviousness to his wife and her, erm, (SPOILER) affair is slightly unbelievable. 


Ellen just got on my nerves.  She was a rich girl who married down because she was in "love", and yet with her life that is good; a husband in work, beautiful children, ect.  Her mid life crisis was hard to connect with, especially because it was described that this was not the first one.  


Hooper was egotistical and manipulative.  While is fascination with sharks may have been legitimate, he was overconfident in his knowledge and abilities, that lead him to, um, (SPOILER) be eaten.  

Final Findings:

Although I am glad that I read it, I was not exactly pleased with my experience in Jaws.  The shark is actually not that big of a part of the book, and I wish that it had been more prominent.  All in all, I recommend that you read it for the purpose of reading a classic, but I don't know if you'll like it all that much.  



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