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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
I seem to be asked regularly why I give this little novel such a low rating. So here is my answer:

The major reason is that I don't care for pseudo-spiritual help books, particularly when wrapped up in layers of ideology I disagree with. Those kinds of novels have stories which exist to keep the ideology alive rather than having the story as the primary focus. I prefer to read a novel where the story is the key factor and where any ideology exists secondary or as part of the story rather than the subtle distinction of a novel where the ideology exists as the story.

I find this novel lacks in depth regardless of how I think of the type of novel it is. It has, from memory, a plot which serves as wish fulfilment and not even very interesting wish fulfilment and is overly simplistic without being unique or interesting. I think of it as being very similar (in my opinion) to [b:Jonathan Livingston Seagull|71728|Jonathan Livingston Seagull|Richard Bach|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348941691s/71728.jpg|1743336]. It's fine if you like the story but don't claim that it is something remarkably deep because I will readily argue that this novel lacks in depth. Primarily for the reason I outlined above - because the ideology of the author is the plot rather than supporting the plot.