Blueyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind c...more
A shame, I had high hopes for it. Even bought it twice. I had lent it to my daughter and then thought I had lost it so I ordered it again. That was how much I wanted to read it. I won't do that again.
Mrs Green has three sons: Black, Brown and Blue. Black is the eldest, brash and aggressive, Brown is the middle child, timid and dull. Blue is his mother’s favourite we are told at the outset, and he is a murderer.
Or is he? Because nothing is quite as it seems in this story.
The unreliable narrator is one of my favourite fictio...more
Nesta espécie de diário cibernético, somos confrontados com factos, ou talvez apenas ficção, que marcaram e mudaram a vida destas duas personagens. No entanto, é difícil distinguir a verdade da liberdade artística.
Blueyedboy, a personagem principal, é um quarentão que vive com a mãe - u...more
‘blueeyedboy’ is the online name of Benjamin Winter, a troubled man who joins a creative writing forum. Group members post chapters of their works-in-progress, comment on those of others, and occasionally get together. Benjamin’s posts are particularly imaginative—and very dark. blueeyedboy’s life is bleak, full of abuse. He’s learned early that lies can save. Ther...more
It has considerable similarities, based again on the idea of concealing your identity, and even set in the same town (the fictional school that formed the setting of 'Gentlemen and Players' also features in this novel). I liked the concept - the idea of characters hiding behind online identities, the blurring of the boundaries between...more
I feel sure that I will be haunted by this book, that as I put all the different pieces together in my head I will be dr...more
I was unsure what to expect as I started to read as I had glanced at a few not so favourable reviews. Anyway, better to get this out of the way at the beginning - there is no chocolate, no magic, no wine and no fruit (except in a vile “v...more
She, however, then writes book like Gentlemen and Players, which would be suited for a production of PBS' Mystery.
Then, she writes Blueeyedboy where she...more
synaethesia - words can have colurs, sounds can have shapes, numbers can be illuminated - can be visual, but different kinds - words can translate as tastes or smells, or colours can be triggered by migraine pain
a synaesthete might see music, taste sound experience numbers as textures or shapes. - mirror touch...more
It is a skillfully-written narrative, that of the lives of two main characters living in an suburban English village, told in their own words in an online web journal. They both have sensitive histories and have been caught up in the dysfunctional world of their families and other people around them.
Blueeyedboy is an online avatar for a grown man who lives with his controlling mot...more
Myself, I'd use oddly intriguing and increasingly sinister.
A bit like a car passenger who, on passing a car crash, feels compelled to look, I felt myself drawn towards blueeyedboy. Unable to say exactly why, I can only think I was trying to make sense of it all.
Though mainly narrated by Blueeyedboy posting on the fictional site badguysrock, Blueeyedboy is written as a w...more
Harris’s Gentlemen and Players was a winner, so I couldn’t wait to start this new work by the same author. However …
Tickled pink as I was by its blurb, I was left in a black mood after I red Blueeyedboy. First, the Clue allusions, which also failed to pass mustard with Biogeek. I take umberage at this conceit because it totally teals the limelight from the story. Second, the purpletrator. Not so much a butcher as a blogger, B.B. is a mama’s boy who whites online fiction about his perfect murders
So she gave it me to read. I have also read all of Joanna Harris's previous novels and thoroughly enjoyed them, so this came as a a bit of surprise to me as well. It annoyed me that having persevered with it, half way through I'm told that it wasn't the person I thought it was writing the blogs, but...more
As with Gentlemen and Players, this one showcases Joanne Harris's dark side, with a seriously sinister undertone playing in this book the whole way through!
The narrators are so unreliable, that even they don't really know what the truth is anymore, and as a reader, I was left reeling on more than one occasion, as just as I thought I had figured things out, the rug was pulled out from under my feet, and I was left reeling, then ju...more
Luckily Joanne Harris doesn't fall into that category. Not that this book doesn't have a fair bit of violence and disturbing subject matter, but it's much more literary. More subtle and less f...more
I loved how I didn't know how big of part of blueeyedboy's fictions was real and I loved guessing about his relationship with Albertine, but the most fascinating was how Gloria Green's ambitions managed to poison the life of this many people.
I would recommend it only to those who can invest a great deal of emotions into this story and can relate to both blueeyedboy's and...more
As psychological thrillers go, this is up there with the best of them. There are twists at every turn in the complex plot. And nobody can be trusted - not even the narrator.
Of Joanne Harris’s novels, the only one I’d read prior to blueeyedboy was Chocolat. And I found myself utterly gob smacked that this had been written by the same, wonderfully omnivorous, writer.
As the one remaining living son of Gloria Green, blueeyedboy is under a lot of pressure to succee...more
Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels; The Evil Seed (1989), Sle...more