Claire North again provides us with a wonderfully executed high concept thriller.
Like most of her works the reader's own relation to the concept is whClaire North again provides us with a wonderfully executed high concept thriller.
Like most of her works the reader's own relation to the concept is what drives it forward. We see Hope making decisions or feel her agony at her situation and constantly consider what we would do in her shoes.
The strength of this book is its consideration of current social and technological trends, and how they could be warped in pursuit of perfection.
FINALLY IT'S HERE. Late, but definitely worth the wait.
So look, if you've read the other five books you're going to read this so here's what you needFINALLY IT'S HERE. Late, but definitely worth the wait.
So look, if you've read the other five books you're going to read this so here's what you need to know which I'll keep spoiler light.
- MASSIVE revelations occur in this book - It refers alot to the comics which have come out. They're great, so read them. But if you haven't it isn't necessary to have done so. - It manages to be a more over to the Police side of things, rather than the magic. In many ways it feels more like the first book than any others. - There's fleshing out of characters you've seen before. - Peter is becoming more and more comfortable as a character. - Side characters who've been fairly one note get a bit more nuance in this. - I had a hard time putting it down. It moves at a fair clip. - Now this could be down to having a Netgalley early release, but there were a few spelling errors in the book (much like the last one.) They're not a glaring as in Foxglove Summer, so it didn't lose a point.
End of the day if book 5 felt a bit of a departure from the overall Faceless Man story, you'll not be disappointed with this.
I just hope he doesn't take too long on the next one!!!!...more
Matt Haig is an expert at portraying expert renditions of humanity as seen through inhuman eyes. Haig's understanding of the human condition is uniqueMatt Haig is an expert at portraying expert renditions of humanity as seen through inhuman eyes. Haig's understanding of the human condition is unique, apt and sincere. He sees us all as beautiful and broken, but deserving of love and second chances. He creates characters you feel you've known intimately for years, even if they're dogs.
This book will grip you by the heart and continually squeeze, until finally releasing you; only to kick you in the bollocks.
I was given early access to City of Mirrors via Netgalley, so I read it back to back with the Twelve whicAnd so we come to end of the Passage Trilogy.
I was given early access to City of Mirrors via Netgalley, so I read it back to back with the Twelve which I'd yet to get into.
For a writer to craft a perfect ending is a herculean task. You have to give not just an ending to an overall story that satisfies your readers (but also the tale itself); but you have to give each character you've crafted a fitting end.
For a trilogy so vast, that spans decades (nah millenia) this is an even larger undertaking.
City of Mirrors gives the read their first insight into the history and mind of Zero. I loved his origin, and his first person narrative of why he ended up in he jungle that turned him into the first vampire. I think Cronin is more sympathetic to him than I was, as I found his voice distasteful from the get go. I'm sure this was by design but Cronin is kinder than I would have been. Saying that true villains have width and breadth and aren't just cackling from the rooftops.
I don't want to go into spoilers, but this book gives the remainder of the heroic twelve the endings they deserve. Well I say endings, some are left to live on their life with no recorded death; but the life their given is deserved. Cronin also manages to weave in new characters that grab you by your heart so the become as dear to you as Peter, or Alicia or Michael or Amy.
The ending is sublime. Hopefully you won't be disappointed. ...more