Years ago (2007 to be exact) I remember coming across a user on LT who used a tag for her books and some might find offense, but I was curious. She haYears ago (2007 to be exact) I remember coming across a user on LT who used a tag for her books and some might find offense, but I was curious. She had tagged several books 'MindFuck'. When I questioned her about this tag, she replied "books that make my head explode". I took it as a good thing, the exploding of one's mind because a book is so complex and enjoyable at the same time. I imagine walking away from such a reading a bit shell shocked. The Library at Mount Char was such a read for me. While it took me close to a month to read, I feel that was for the best because it enabled the story to take root in my mind and I found I kept returning to things during the times I wasn't reading it. I purchased the book based solely on the title and my sister telling me she had heard so many good things about it (she's reading it next). I had not one clue what it was about and I didn't even read the inside flap once it was in my possession. Inside flaps are notorious for being the worse spoilers known to man, in my opinion.
I had been in a reading slump prior to starting this and suddenly I was three chapters in, lost in Scott's story. Key word here 'lost'. There is so much to absorb and try to wrap my unscientific mind around, but all the better because a good writer will make you want to keep reading to understand. *Insert mad scientist* Use your brain child!!! Scott certainly has amazing world building skills...and it is set in America so you see props Scott, talent!
I was very struck by the comparison I felt in the beginning to Neil Gaiman's American Gods (turns out the LT user tagged that book 'MindFuck'). I don't find this to be a bad comparison because I have quite enjoyed what I have read so far of American Gods (I know for shame, I need to finish it). There are complexities (you need to pay attention) and an abundance of mythology. I didn't realize how much I like mythology until I finished this book. There is a corrupt urgency to the characters you let fall by the wayside because you want to know more and are certain explanation is ready and waiting for you. Gaiman's characters are very like that too.
I'm a little stunned and still processing thoughts and feelings about the story. I'm anxious for my sister to read it so we can discuss all proper like *wink*. I am definitely utilizing the tag of 'MindFuck' for Mount Char. My rating would more likely sway between 3 1/2 stars and 4 stars (if 1/2 stars existed) because I was little down this was a 'book about books'. That's my fault though, again I went in blind and I did judge by title/cover.
Gemma Whalen narrator? Gold star, five gold stars in fact! She lends her skills to the story so well it was more than enjoyable to tag along for the sGemma Whalen narrator? Gold star, five gold stars in fact! She lends her skills to the story so well it was more than enjoyable to tag along for the shifting POV.
Stephen Lloyd Jones writer? Awesome and five stars again! I was so drawn in by his writing I would find hours had gone by while I worked and I didn't want to stop listening. There is a historical vibrancy to this tale of fantasy and fiction. He put me much in the mindset of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian (a long time favorite of mine), but his pacing is better and not as heavy. It wasn't predictable and the characters never seemed to bore me. I want more! Definitely owning this book and the next...and looking forward to the reprise of Gemma's role as narrator for book two!...more
I believe it is worth noting this book is a definite reread for the future. While the audiobook is one of the best I have ever listened to, I feel I cI believe it is worth noting this book is a definite reread for the future. While the audiobook is one of the best I have ever listened to, I feel I could have better immersed myself in the story and its many characters had I been reading from the page. Multi-tasking works well with audiobooks, but sometimes (for me) it doesn't allow for the connection necessary for the full impact of an author's voice. That being said, I couldn't get over the quiet calmness and urgency of the book. It begged to be heard and understood in is many complexities. My mind is not well versed in the realm of heavily driven scientific fiction (or non-fiction) and I could sense my brain stretching to accommodate all the knowledge here. Many thought provoking ideas brought to light and historical elements that urge for further reading and research. The audiobook is excellent because it lends so well to the distinction and personality of the voices Louisa Hall has written here. *Three cheers for multiple narrators and their amazing talents!*
“I fretted so much about my earthly interactions that I had very few interactions to speak of.” ~Louisa Hall...more
Actual rating: 2.5 I have so many thoughts about this book and unfortunately not all of them are good. I may come back and write them down, but perhapsActual rating: 2.5 I have so many thoughts about this book and unfortunately not all of them are good. I may come back and write them down, but perhaps not. I wanted to like it, but yeah......more
This whimsical children's book is a great addition to my collection. Janet Hill's oil paintings are hard to take my eyes away from. While the story isThis whimsical children's book is a great addition to my collection. Janet Hill's oil paintings are hard to take my eyes away from. While the story is short and sweet, the pictures will keep you busy, pointing out all the little details. Dog lovers and readers with a taste for French countryside will love this book! Time for me to become a governess for dogs in France *wink*....more
I can't quite justify a rating that goes beyond a 3-star. Call me a prude, I don't care, but my conscience will nOh my God--you're a soulless pervert!
I can't quite justify a rating that goes beyond a 3-star. Call me a prude, I don't care, but my conscience will not allow me. I liken this book to an actor portraying a terrible character so well you end your viewing experience having difficulties separating the character from the actor. This has happened to me, a near irreversible stigma is formed from that one film for that poor actor. When in reality I should (or we) be congratulating them on a performance so convincing as to cause hatred. That reaction/scenario is THIS BOOK. I don't hate the author, but the phrase mindf--- does seem apt. The above quote is the epitome of this book and I suppose one of our only consolations, as the reader, is that Celeste realizes it. However, the other side of this is she basks in her damnation like a pig on muddy holiday. She doesn't bother with excuses, except for when it serves the furthering of her day to day life, but to the reader her narration serves as a sort of "THIS IS ME and AIN'T IT GRAND HOW OPEN (and by open I mean comfortable I am in my own skin) I CAN BE WITH YOU." *shakes head in disgust* *deep disgust*
...a hardened scrap of pizza curst, a relic that held the small and perfectly imperfect indentions of Jack's bite marks, his right incisor slightly askew. I had the urge to place this inside my purse as well; the prop of something his supple mouth had gnawed upon might come in handy in the days ahead if Jack chose to be upset with me and I had to fantasize about his lips.
I described this book to my sister as Lolita on crack, but perhaps it is better to say Lolita was handed a fish bowl of various drugs and decided what the hell, " 'yolo' Let's try them all!" I applaud Alissa Nutting's ability to write such an abhorrent human being on the page, to so vividly (lewdly) capture a person that very well could live outside our door.