This "novel", which is completely devoid of the written word, shows - in painstaking detail - a typical work day (including the sleepless night hat foThis "novel", which is completely devoid of the written word, shows - in painstaking detail - a typical work day (including the sleepless night hat follows) of a nameless single, male office guy in China.
We see him having digestion problems, fixing his breakfast (popcorn and milk, after the toast burns to ash, because an Amazon delivery distracts him), commuting to work, reading and answering a lot of private mail, searching the web for a mate, going for coffee, going for lunch, doing a presentation, reading the news (on CNN), having a romantic date, caring for a sick friend and spending a long night with strange dreams and classic video games.
Although the chapters only consist of emoticons, pictograms, logos and punctuation marks, you soon get a firm grip on the hero's character, his preferences, his quirks, his faults. It's a really, really fascinating thing to experience.
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I thought I was fed up with dead-sibling-stories. But this one had been different. It focuses mainly on the relationship between Alex and his parents,I thought I was fed up with dead-sibling-stories. But this one had been different. It focuses mainly on the relationship between Alex and his parents, who are as crappy as fictional patents can get. I loved the novel almost as much as Pan's Whisper and it made me a fan of Sue Lawson. I need to read more of her books. Two isn't sufficient - by far....more
I have read more than half of this self-published human-robot-romance-I-wanna-be-a-romantic-thriller-desaster that declares it has been professionallyI have read more than half of this self-published human-robot-romance-I-wanna-be-a-romantic-thriller-desaster that declares it has been professionally edited, but makes the plain mistake of informing the reader twice about the same thing right in the first chapter.
The worst is the character inconsistency. Or ... no, the cheesiness ... no, the lack of believable plot, .... or, the evil, evil bad guys. I don't know. Everything appears to be unbelievably unfinished, unplanned, childish, raw. I do not think this is worth the already cheap price that is demanded for it. No. ...more
***2.5 stars***. Well written. Chillingly creepy characters. Creepy setting that remains a mystery. Claustrophobia. Helplessness. Fate. Symbols. Power***2.5 stars***. Well written. Chillingly creepy characters. Creepy setting that remains a mystery. Claustrophobia. Helplessness. Fate. Symbols. Powerful flowers. Nordic mythology. Past, present, future. Horror. Sacrifice. Vampires. Based on a painting by Carl Larsson. Seven lives, seven loves. Human bonds through the ages that did not touch me. Rather devoid of the blurbed-about romance. Weird, but not the kind of weird I love (view spoiler)[ like One Whole and Perfect Day or Chime(hide spoiler)]. Disappointing. ...more
I stayed up very long because laying "Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil" aside with still 50 - 100 pages to go was simply out of the question.
The EuropeI stayed up very long because laying "Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil" aside with still 50 - 100 pages to go was simply out of the question.
The Europe-based crime story revolving around a divorced chief inspector with a drinking problem at first seemed such a step into unknown territorry from the viewpoint of Marchetta's previous work, but after reading it it isn't. There is the theme of people getting their culture and their lives and their identities in tune with the country they or their ancestorts had imigrated to, there are deeply buried family secrets and sores, there are gaps and bridges between generations, there is love and loyalty and human frailty, there is falling down and standing up, there are beautiful, beautiful conversations, there is hope and there are human relationships explored from so many different angles. I encountered a book filled 100% with Melina Marchetta's trademark content, which made me very, very happy. The mysteries - apart from the main whodunit question - did not turn out to be that unguessably mysterious, but I did not mind at all. Oh, how I love Marchetta's characters and relationship dynamics!
I have to admit that "Jellicoe Road", as much as it stunned and impressed me, had been such a weight in the stomach that I did not dare to repeat the experience. I am too scared. "Shame the Devil" has been sad, too. But it did not affect my breathing or my swallowing apparatus so severely. Thus, I think, I should re-read it soon, to pick up pieces I missed in my nightly rush against time, but I think I'll return to "The Piper's Son" first. ...more
*** Beware! This comment-turned-into-review contains a spoiler *** I can imagine how 'The Vanishing Moment' would appeal to readers who are less wimpy*** Beware! This comment-turned-into-review contains a spoiler *** I can imagine how 'The Vanishing Moment' would appeal to readers who are less wimpy than I am, considering the beautiful writing, the multiple POVs and the crafty way those three stories run into one.
But, as I am concerned, the story is too realistic and thus much too bleak and dark. My heart doesn't survive an overdose of shitty parents.
And in this particular case the shittiness in the parental department came in 3D (no, 4D, actually) and in colour - even though there were differences: Bob and Fergus had it worst. They practically lived in hell without anybody noticing.
In addition, no magically realistic candy solution can lure me into feeling cushioned when one of the main characters I've come to respect or care for is wiped out and makes my poor heart drop. (view spoiler)[ To me a dead person remains a dead person even if another self of him or her lives a better life in a parallel universe/existence. I don't feel the consolation - at all. (hide spoiler)]
'The Vanishing Moment' belongs to the good-but-too-hopeless-and-too-depressing category. I was certainly invested, but I did not enjoy being the recipient of this multifoldedly sad tale. Even to upset to shed a tear, I guess....more