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Room Emma Donoghue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Friday, 07 August 2015 15:34
The mother in this book says to the media in response to a question about her still breast-feeding Jack, "Is that all you get out of this?" And, I have to say, that was one of my first take-aways, too. How sad is that, that we're immune to the shock of a man locking away a woman? It's been in the news enough that it's more shocking that she still breast feeds a five-year-old.

It's after I finished the book, after the first rush of reading head-long to find out what happens, that little delayed time bombs go off. Realising how small the room was and how all the 'world building' in the beginning impacts so much at the end, realising how no light and no space and little food impacted Jack's size, the mother's father's reaction to her child, the fact that the mother would have to face the pervert in court. It's a book that sticks with you a long time.
Fire by Kristin Cashore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 23:12

I enjoyed this book, for a while. Then it got a bit boring and I skimmed large parts. It was well-written and the premise is good. The main character was interesting although hurting and in pain, therefore relying on other people, a lot. Like, a lot, lot. It's unbelievable this girl can hold herself upright. However, she manages. For the kind of book it is, I found it a pleasant book and a fun read.

zero history by William Gibson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Monday, 20 July 2015 11:25
Interesting, creative, rich people doing interesting, creative, rich people stuff, while staying at an interesting, creative, expensive hotel! Unfortunately, where the premise is cool, we never get to know any of the characters long enough to care
about them. And the stakes weren't very high. At one point, I'd set the book down and then couldn't remember if I'd finished it or not.

To be fair, I did not realise this was part of a trilogy. Perhaps the characters are fleshed out in the other books.
Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 June 2015 20:16

I re-read the whole series. The funny thing is that I would have sworn up and down that the books were written in first person. But they're not. They are written in third person but the narrator speaks with Myron's voice. It's a neat trick, actually, because the author can still follow other characters and build tension by letting the reader know what's happening with them, without the main character knowing. Only one of the Bolitar series is written in first person - "Long Lost".  And, of the series, it's the darkest and least amusing.

I like how Coben lets the characters grow and change, adapting and responding to the events in the books. At first, I didn't like that he aged Myron and Win. I thought - why would you do that?  But I see now the story has a flow and arc and it works, even if I want more of their stories as young men.

It's nice to re-read and see these techniques the author uses. In the first go around I was too caught up in what's happening to notice. Some of the references are out of date, some I didn't even catch. Still -- a lot of fun to read, great beach reading.

The Quarry Iaian Banks PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 12:47

His last book; it feels like he needed to get a rant off. I don't care to say anything bad about a man's last book but my mind did wander while I read this. My first reaction was "WTF?" Was it just published because of who he was? If this were written by a newbie it's be thrown out. Because all the elements of story we're taught about are left out; there is no plot, no character development. Just anti-climax after anti-climax. I thought about it a little more and concluded that he picked a main character who cannot change - he has some version of autism - for a reason. Life doesn't give us satisfactory climaxes; the only narrative sense is supplied by ourselves. Life just goes on, no matter what, whether we're there or not.


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