I liked the way that Gaiman found a way to make the story a little bit creepy without going too over-the-top for young readers. I found myself just as involved in the narrator’s head as I had been in more complex books, and I wanted everything to work out for Coraline.
The Wal-Mart Effect is about Wal-Mart the company, its founding and its operations, and the way in which it deals with its employees and suppliers. It’s also about much more than just the company of Wal-Mart, though: it tells the story of how Wal-Mart, and the ideology that drives the people who run it, has changed the landscape in America in a myriad of ways.
I went into reading this book thinking that it’d be fun and silly and I’d laugh at all the things that “some people” believe are true but that really aren’t. Urban legends abound these days, especially in the days of easily-shareable “knowledge” on the internet, and people’s inability to critically think about what they believe, read, or are told.
I finished reading this book knowing that I was included in “some people”.
I’ve seen this book reviewed in a multitude of places around the blogosphere, and with quite varying opinions. It seems, mostly, that people either love or hate it.
I loved it.
I read this book because I felt like I should just finish out the series. To be honest, though, it got even less impressive than the events of Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker were. (Fair warning: there will be spoilers below. Don’t read on if you’ve somehow managed not to find out what happens until now.)