The Bird Room. Chris Killen
Painfully average and introverted Will finally has a bird. Her name is Alice. She's smart, sexy, and much to Will's surprise, she is in love with him. But the course of love never did run smooth, and soon devotion—and its uglier manifestations—lead Will to a dark place within himself.
Elsewhere in the city, Helen is an actress—or she will be some day. For now, she finds w...more
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I wonder if it's possible for a character to some how drown from his own neurosis? I imagine it'd be a slow and painful demise as Will's suffering from a terminal case of self-annihilation, the method of death is the steady drip of anxiety.
Despite Will's case of the Unbearable (Un)Likeness of Will, I found myself strangely content when following his strange plight. What does that say about me? Actually when readin ...more
It’s not a happy story, and yet it made me laugh out loud several times. Essentially a series of brilliant one-liners running through the mind of an ordinary bloke in the midst of a serious breakd ...more
While reading this, I found myself amused at first, and then deeply confused as to where exactly this story was going. It has two separate plots: one of Will and the other of Helen/Clair and then you see how those two plots weave together (and when it did, I found myself laug ...more
To be sure, Killen is a skilled writer. His characters are well defined, even those representing grist for the protagonist's delusional mill. He's p ...more
What started out as a really good dark humor story devolved into a much less complex, although definetly darker, observational narrative. Killen has written some deeply flawed characters, and as much as I love flawed characters, that's not enough to make up for a plot that ends about 2/3 of the way through the book for one of the main characters and goes absolutely nowhere for the rest of the characters. This mig ...more
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It was a quickly paced, bizarre story about an unemployed self conscious young man named Will, who finally finds love with Alice, only to have his heart broken because he can't leave well enough alone.
Told from Will's point of view, we are plunged head first into his dark and twisted mind. We are cringing at the unchecked jealousy over his best friend - also named Will. We are watching as he pushes Alice away from him and straight into the other Will's arms. We are shaking our head ...more
the story centers on Will, our na ...more
I thought that maybe putting a little time between the end of this book and my review would give me more clarification on how I felt, but nope. I still think that it was just weird. Did I enjoy reading it? Yes! Did I LIKE it? Maybe yes, maybe no. Because really, it was just plain weird.
My favorite thing about this book was that I absolutely adored the writing style. It was one of those books where you sort of feel like the main character is talking to you wh ...more
I don't know how to begin explaining this plot but then again, I rarely do in these reviews. You can get the gist of the themes of broken people telling lies and having sex from Amazon, if you really need to. People are cruel and mess up. We know this alr ...more
The main trouble is that the tale's too similar to the teller. It's like those ghosts in folk tales - caught between worlds, adrift, affectless. It's no accident that words like 'ghost', 'insubstantial', and 'absent' crowd out words like 'and', 'the' and 'then'. Will, the main character at ...more