While I enjoyed A Head Full of Ghosts more, this was another great psychological horror from Tremblay. I love how he mixes the barely supernatural witWhile I enjoyed A Head Full of Ghosts more, this was another great psychological horror from Tremblay. I love how he mixes the barely supernatural with reality. Actually, I kind of wanted it to veer a little closer to the supernatural, but I still ended up with a satisfyingly ambiguous ending. Elizabeth was the picture of realistic parental anguish. Once again, Tremblay does a remarkable job of portraying preteen girls with Kate.
I'm definitely looking forward to more of Tremblay's books! ...more
I read this because a part-time librarian we interviewed recommended it. She has good book talking skills.
Like a lot of things in this genre, I can puI read this because a part-time librarian we interviewed recommended it. She has good book talking skills.
Like a lot of things in this genre, I can pull some useful information from it. Yeah, I Kondo'ed my shirt drawer and it looks like a miracle. And I like the general idea of letting go of things that have served their purpose, whether they still have use in them or not, or tossing things that don't "spark joy" as she puts it. I also think Marie Kondo would be a blast to meet in person, if a little intense. The writing, or translating, was kind of simple for me. I also had some issues with the "just throw everything out" mindset as someone who has even a passing concern for the environment. Yes, Marie, lots of people sew buttons back on their clothes and mend them.
Her personification of belongings was an interesting thought experiment. I donated a picture that was given to me by someone this week and before I let it go, I may have thanked it for serving its purpose and hoped it would find someone that needed it, but she goes a little overboard. No, my clothes do not get tired or feel stuffed. At some point, all the thanking and concern for my belongings' well-being starts to resemble some consumerist religion, which made me feel uncomfortable.
For a new perspective on how to pair down the clutter, I think this book can be useful, but maybe a TED talk on it would have accomplished the same thing....more
**spoiler alert** I really wanted this to be a five star book. And it almost was. I loved the writing style, the suspense, the atmosphere... but the e**spoiler alert** I really wanted this to be a five star book. And it almost was. I loved the writing style, the suspense, the atmosphere... but the end didn't do it for me. Not really a spoiler, but that's the risk you take with this kind of story. I did not like the resolution and now I can't recommend the book unreservedly. I'll give it to some patrons looking for a thriller and let them make up their mind, but for me it fell flat.
I put off reading this book for a long time because it seemed to high concept and self aware from the blurbs. I finally decided to give it a chance, bI put off reading this book for a long time because it seemed to high concept and self aware from the blurbs. I finally decided to give it a chance, but didn't actually expect to finish it.
This book is SO GOOD! I'm already sure it's going to be counted among my favorite books. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but that process started to be kind of fun and once I adapted I couldn't put it down. It did make me think about my own assumptions, but not in the way I expected.
Reading about any social commentary connected to this book would not have made me want to read it and I want people to read it, so I moved that to the last paragraph. Leckie is so good at holding out information from you. And then once you know the information, other characters hold out from each other, so you're left with a hell of a lot of tension wondering when everyone's going to put everything together. There's explosions, cultural drama, political maneuvering, and espionage so deep it's hard to keep it all straight. I've been avoiding series lately and often I'll read only the first book. The last series I wanted to plow through was The Kingkiller Chronicles (but of course I can't finish that yet). This is another one that had me downloading book two immediately after the last page.
From the reviews I was kind of annoyed by the "everyone's a female pronoun" thing just because I thought it must be more of a political statement that would take away from the story (and I am someone who agrees with the political statement that might make). Pretty quickly I realized that it did just the opposite, it added layers to the culture. It did exactly what a great science fiction story should do. It immersed you in an alien culture's mindset while, admittedly, pointing at aspects of our own culture. From a Radch perspective, choosing a gendered pronoun is a complete crapshoot. If Breq were writing this, she could flip a coin and choose either with no connotations. It's my own assumptions that makes choosing a female pronoun seem political while choosing a male one would not be. (And this does imply that I think Breq exists and wrote this story because I want her to be real so bad.) But lots can be said about this and that's only one of the cool things this story does.
I don't often write reviews, but I'm writing one here in the hopes that someone like me, someone who wants to roll their eyes at this book, will choose to give it a chance. ...more
It's *almost* September so it's time to get my horror on. I'm so glad last year's streak involved lots of Shirley Jackson because there's a lot of ShiIt's *almost* September so it's time to get my horror on. I'm so glad last year's streak involved lots of Shirley Jackson because there's a lot of Shirley going on here. To be fair, there's a lot of William Peter Blatty, Stephen King, and other horror favorites to uncover. Tremblay gleefully shares the book's influences, from Paranormal Activity to Session 9. Horror fans of all stripes will love what he's created. You like jump scares? We've got jump scares. You like psychological horror? I do! You'll find that in droves. Even gore fans will find terrifying descriptions of arterial spray and vomit. On top of it, is a heartbreaking story of Merry, the younger sister of the possessed. Merry's anxieties and childhood mood swings are spot on. Readers will want to protect her while at the same time hoping she'll reveal more.
I'm recommending this book to pretty much everyone I know who likes horror....more