The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke

The Revenant: A Novel of RevengeThe Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Simply stated, The Revenant is one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time.

I admit, I didn’t know the book existed until I saw the trailer for the Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Now, I admit, I really don’t like Leo, but the movie trailer looked very interesting to a boy that grew up in the Rocky Mountains and have always enjoyed tales set in the days of the fur trappers.

So, what didn’t I like about it?

Characters: The way Mr. Punke wrote each of the characters left nothing for me to like. I could sympathize with the young Jim Bridger, but even here, I felt that the character was acting outside of the the author has set up for his motivations to work on him. All of the other characters I couldn’t even sympathize with. Well, maybe the bear.

Plot: Ok, probably my fault here. I should have realized a book that includes “a novel of revenge” in it’s title probably would be pretty bleak, but (spoiler alert) it was. However, the thing that was the most annoying is that the lead character didn’t even follow through and there was no reason given. Change of heart? Don’t know. Bored? Well, I don’t know if he was, but I sure admit to it.

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  • I had heard that this movie was supposed to be Leo’s best. Now I am wondering if it is worth seeing. If the book was that bad, how could the movie be better?

    I first saw Leo in Romeo and Juliet way back when. I like him! Guess that first movies set a pattern for me. But even he can’t rescue a bad storyline.

    • odin1eye says:

      Well, maybe the movie takes liberties. To be honest, I don’t think it would be that hard. Just write in some justifications for the actors behaviors. Let me know if you see it!

  • I’ve heard from several that they liked the movie. I usually hate movies based on books I’ve read, but this one might sound like one that’ll work the other way around. I haven’t read this book and probably won’t now unless I do get around to seeing the movie just so I can compare the two.

    Glad to see you’re still out here with reviews! It’s been a while since I’ve done any blog surfing but I’m adding your feed to my rss reader so I can do a better job of keeping up.

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