This was a book that hooked me on the blurb but then almost lost me in the initial reveal. Rosemary is in college, she never talks about her family so no one knows how dysfunctional her parents are, or that her brother has been missing for years, or that when she was little, she lost […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 36: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler"
So this week’s book is magical realism for the modern age, and it’s delightful. Meche returns to Mexico City in 2009 after the death of her father, to attend his funeral and to sort his personal effects. She’s not seen him or spoken to him in twenty years, and hasn’t been back to Mexico City […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 35: Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia"
I was intrigued by the hoo-haa aorund this book, the suggestion that it might be somewhat extreme, also by a few reviews on amazon that suggested the things suffered by the character Jude were excessive and therefore unrealistic. That latter is patently nonsense, but I wanted to form my own opinion and to see if […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 32: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara"
I forgot to mention so much that I love about this book, the Consequences for instance – mutations that everyone after The Blast is born with, some horrific, others barely noticeable. This terrific satire of Russian literature and culture, of modern culture in general is such a wonderful, complex, meaty read, that I was bound […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 31: The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya"
I bought this book on my kindle as I’ve heard many many good things about both the author and the book. It’s a near future tale of kids held in isolation on an island because they possess a defective gene that will eventually cause a condition that will kill them. The arrival of a new […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 16: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough"
This is a very interesting book of post-apocalyptic fiction in the Wodehousian tradition of a salty lark told in florid and often exhaustively descriptive terms. I described it on twitter as fight club on LSD meets the Expendables and sort of explodes in slow motion. It’s a little more complicated than that, after all it […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 15: The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway"
Time for book 8 in my challenge (imagine challenge in Megamind’s voice, cos that’s how I generally say it), and it’s the book that’s been adapted into a tv show. I chose Wolf Hall. I like a bit of La Mantel in general, and this book was one that sat on my to-read list and […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 8: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel"