The End of Mr. Y has been described as a novel about time travel though I don't think this is entirely accurate. It is a novel with an undertone of biThe End of Mr. Y has been described as a novel about time travel though I don't think this is entirely accurate. It is a novel with an undertone of biblical references and an overtone of quantum physics and philosophy. The story follows Ariel Manto after the collapse of one of the university buildings causes her to have to walk home because she isn't allowed to go back in her building to get her car keys due to possible structural instability. As she hasn't lived here for very long, it is the first time she has walked and on her way home, she finds a second hand bookshop and within buys a box of very rare books for £50, including a copy of a book thought to have only one copy left in existence in a vault in Germany. This book is 'The End of Mr. Y' by Thomas P. Lumas, a discredited mad Victorian scientist who focused on thought experiments. The catch? It is said to be cursed. Everybody who has ever read the book has died shortly after doing do.
I must admit, I picked this book up in the charity shop I volunteer in and brought it home because of the cover and the black page edges, I love the whole appearance of the book and that drew me to it. This is a book that proves that it can be okay to judge a book by its' cover. Written in the first-person from the perspective of Ariel and in the present-tense, it's quite easy immerse yourself in the story. The text isn't overly descriptive, yet as you read, you can picture the environmental surroundings quite clearly. Thomas succeeds in switching voices easily between Ariel's inner monologues and passages from The End of Mr. Y, to the different voices in the Troposphere. Ariel herself is very disconnected from reality and has an extremely addictive personality, openly admitting that she's addicted to coffee and tobacco, and throughout the story, her addictions become more and more apparent.
It is a story absolutely full of the grim realities of sex and the inner workings of the human mind. It can be more than a little crude in some parts, though it wasn't unnecessary, it added to the characters and created this idea that humans are nothing more than animals who have gained language. The story itself is gripping, though pretty weird, especially the ending.
The End of Mr. Y, while a wonderful story that grips you right until the very end, can also be a little long-winded. Ariel is a PHD student studying thought experiments, and very often she will start thinking, or talking, philosophically about quantum physics and the way the mind works. These can go on for quite a bit and I found myself skim reading them at times because I just wasn't interested, but I advise you to endure them because they are relevant to the overall story.
I recommend The End of Mr. Y to fans of contemporary literature. It's a great read full of mysteries for you to work out while you read if you enjoy that kind of thing, and it's a mighty fine headfuck. If you like an easy to follow plotline, this definitely isn't the book for you. The long passages about philosophy, thought experiments and quantum mechanics can quite easily lose you. I also wouldn't recommend it for people under the age of about 18....more
While I thought this one tailed off a little at the ending - I guess that's the trouble when the magic of a tail resides on its' mystery - The Night CWhile I thought this one tailed off a little at the ending - I guess that's the trouble when the magic of a tail resides on its' mystery - The Night Circus is a solid and fantastically dreamlike read that I recommend to EVERYBODY. Some might not like it, and that's okay, but at least try it. Please.
This was my first Alexandra Potter book despite having a couple of her others on my chick lit shelf for a little while now and I must say that I was dThis was my first Alexandra Potter book despite having a couple of her others on my chick lit shelf for a little while now and I must say that I was delighted. I didn’t go in knowing what to expect from her, and I honestly didn’t have a clue what I was going to get short of girl makes wish, wish comes true, zany things happen. Of course it has the usual chick lit formula but personally, I think this is what I love most about chick lit. The plot is safe. It’s like a warm snuggly blanket and you know you’ll leave the book with a warm feeling and a smile on your face and Don’t You Forget About Me did just that.. though I wish we saw a little more of the ending!
The premise promises a fun little chick lit magical realism and this is exactly what you get. Tess makes a drunken wish on New Year’s Eve and spends the next couple of days truly believing that she has gone mad as nobody can remember Seb or her having a relationship with him. It isn’t until the diary she kept while with her ex turns up that she realises something must have happened and figures that hey, why not try again? This time she can fix everything she did wrong, right? This is the part where alarm bells go off in my head, as they often do in chick lit novels, and I want to shout at the protagonist for caving to manipulation and self-doubt. I think I disliked Fiona’s trying to be somebody she isn’t even more. Putting on a posh accent and trying to impress a group of self-important Chelsea girls.. I just couldn’t get my head around the whys of this but then Tess wasn’t much better, trying to be somebody she wasn’t to impress Seb and then judge Fiona for doing the same thing. It made for a good ending but Christ it annoyed me while reading.
I also found it quite annoying that rather than just not swearing, she would go all.. “that thing he does with his… *interruption*” Or the one that really got me: vajayjay. It felt a little immature to me. Very teen. Either use swears and ‘dirty’ words, or don’t, there’s really no need to hint.
Despite my annoyances, the fun of this book really was in watching Tess and Fiona try to be people that they just aren’t and the resulting mess they found themselves in. It was a lot of fun to read and I did find myself giggling away a fair bit and by the end of the book I had tears in my eyes and a feel good feeling. I felt that the things that annoyed me were worth it for that ending. And at the end of the day, the worse she feels trying to be somebody else, the sweeter the ending when everything comes together....more