You can read this short story in the Hex Appeal anthology. I'm not really sure where it fits into the series timeline, it can probably be read prettyYou can read this short story in the Hex Appeal anthology. I'm not really sure where it fits into the series timeline, it can probably be read pretty much anywhere because none of the characters we already know make an appearance. We do get the chance to meet Saiman's much more likeable cousin though so it's well worth giving this a try.
So we have frost giant Adam and his partner Siroun who are insurance adjusters. A job you'd probably assume would be quite boring but things get interesting when they're tasked with carrying out the retribution clause in a policy taken out by a murder victim. Basically it means they have to hunt down the killer and punish him in an eye-for-an-eye / murder-for-murder kind of way.
I'm not going to say more but I would love to spend more time with these characters so I hope Ilona & Gordon decide to revisit them again in the future.
This book is described as perfect for fans of The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Since those are two of my favourite books (& this iThis book is described as perfect for fans of The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Since those are two of my favourite books (& this is being published by one of my favourite publishers!) I have extremely high hopes for this one. Please let it be as awesome as it sounds!...more
This book is so controversial that it was actually banned and removed from the shelves in Italy (Manuela Salvi actually had her microphone removed inThis book is so controversial that it was actually banned and removed from the shelves in Italy (Manuela Salvi actually had her microphone removed in the middle of a panel at Bologna earlier this year & she wasn't allowed to answer questions because someone disagreed with her experience and the way she was telling it!). So she decided to have her story translated into English and it's now been picked up by UK publisher, The Bucket List.
Of course that means I NEED to see what all the fuss is about!
Here is some info from the press release for anyone who is interested and obviously I'll update this review with my thoughts when I've had time to read the book:
Why was this book banned in Italy? An Italian politician recently banned We're Going on a Bear Hunt, saying it was "dangerous to children." The censors evidently believed the same of Girl Detatched, because it was also banned and ultimately withdrawn from the Italian market.
Perhaps the issue was that it is not squeamish about bodies or sex. Perhaps the censors do not believe that young people have the capacity to consider serious issues affecting themselves or other young people - even those they hear about nightly on the news or read about online, from sources ranging from the responsible to the utterly flawed. Or perhaps they were uncomfortable with the book's excoriating portrayal of Society's attitudes to these issues. While Ruben's victims struggle to rebuild their lives, his parents - wealthy, privileged people - buy him a new motorbike to show their support.
Why are we publishing it in the UK? When this book, and subsequently one of her picture books were banned, Manuela Salvi decided that her future as a writer required her to leave Italy. She says:
I consider myself a cultural refugee. A refugee is usually someone who has escaped war or threats to their life. Of course, nobody in Italy is aiming a gun at me or threatening to put me in prison. But I do strongly believe that Italian politicians and institutions are slowly trampling over our constitutional rights and fostering inequality, discrimination, homophobia, and anti-feminism. It's happening to Italian writers and readers. I know, because I've been on the receiving end. But I have a voice and I need to make it heard.
Manuela is now studying censorship in children's books in the UK and we are proud to give her a voice in our market, in a powerful translation by Denise Muir. We believe that Girl Detatched has much to say to us here too. Our society has been rocked by a string of cases of the very type of exploitation the book portrays, at the heart of a great cultural institution, within care scenarios and within our national sport. We believe in talking openly to young people about these issues. We believe that silencing a thoughtful and powerful voice like Manuela's through prurience, squeamishness or shame is to perpetuate a culture in which young people feel less able to speak out and are potentially more vulnerable to abuse....more
I love Andrea and Raphael as a couple, they both make mistakes but they're both willing to admit to it and apologise when they do. I'm so happy they'vI love Andrea and Raphael as a couple, they both make mistakes but they're both willing to admit to it and apologise when they do. I'm so happy they've worked things out.
Other random thoughts: - the friendship between Kate and Andrea is my favourite - Ascanio cracks me up - Andrea's meeting with Aunt B was brilliant & so was her revenge on Raphael - this was the book where Roman started to get REALLY interesting - Andrea has great scare tactics