**spoiler alert** Well, damn, I didn't see THAT ending coming!
The Girl on the Train is one of those books where you feel like you should know better t**spoiler alert** Well, damn, I didn't see THAT ending coming!
The Girl on the Train is one of those books where you feel like you should know better than to keep reading, because the author is doing her best to play tricks on you throughout. But you still have to know how it ends, so you keep reading.
I mean, frankly, when you really stop to think about any murder mystery, do any of the motives really add up? Do these kinds of stories EVER really make any sense? Is the killer ever really going to explain him or herself to those about to expose him or her? Throw in an unreliable, drunk narrator (at least for 1/3 of the book, perhaps more, since it's switching POV throughout), and a bunch of women who are all terribly high-strung, surrounding a couple of interchangeably angry men and you do have a mystery...
Is our society really made up of so many homogenous, angry people who – if given the slightest chance or enough provocation – will lash out and even murder someone else? Maybe it is. Maybe that's what's so disturbing about this book.
Or maybe it's the way all of these characters are so willing to swallow the lies. To pretend anything is true, so long as it suits them. Are we really this gullible? Or do we just want to believe, because it is convenient to do so?
I'm glad, in the end, that the "girl" in question wasn't just a blackout drunk trying to cover up a murder she didn't remember. That would've been unredeemable.
Worth a read, if you haven't already (whoops, spoilers!), despite its comparisons to Gone Girl, which I enjoyed much more, perhaps because of its utter unreality and dark humor. I've also got a few more Gillian Flynn books on my To Read list, so I'll have to get back to those!...more
For Gillian Sze, I would hunt down a book of poetry in a non-online bookstore. I would pay full price. I might even go to said bookstore, in person, tFor Gillian Sze, I would hunt down a book of poetry in a non-online bookstore. I would pay full price. I might even go to said bookstore, in person, to buy it. I would certainly attend a reading, were she to tour the U.S. (She is Canadian, so this is probably not happening, but I hold out hope, eternal.) That is how good this woman's poetry is. And I don't even LIKE poetry, unless your name is Leonard Cohen, basically. So go buy Redrafting Winter, if you can find a copy of this Canadian masterpiece. You will also learn a lot about friendship, how to craft poems by mail, and if you like the band The Postal Service, this book is right up your anachronistic alley. Seriously, I am reading the PDF right now and just thinking "TAKE MY MONEY!" as I go. I may drop out of this novel-writing rat-race altogether to become a poet-monk and emulate the poems Gillian and Alison (both ConU classmates, both brilliant) have crafted here. This book is beautiful, and even if you think you hate poetry, you should think again, give this book a look, and ponder the small moments rendered so carefully here. Is life worth living? After reading this book, your answer will assuredly be "yes."...more
I LOVE Kate Beaton. Her online comic, "Hark! A Vagrant," has been entertaining me for years with its non sequiturs and historical anachronisms, as welI LOVE Kate Beaton. Her online comic, "Hark! A Vagrant," has been entertaining me for years with its non sequiturs and historical anachronisms, as well as its utterly bizarre sense of humor that's right up my darkened alley.
If you have never experienced Ms. Beaton's work, I highly recommend hightailing it over to http://www.harkavagrant.com right now, where you can peruse to your heart's content. If, after perusing, you still need more, then you must immediately procure STEP ASIDE, POPS for your reading pleasure.
I checked this one out of the library, to see if I'd enjoy it before plunking down the dosh. Sometimes I wish the library would just sell you the copy you checked out, already, and buy themselves a new one with my late fees... this is one of those books that I will clearly be buying. My only complaint is that my favorite comic (Poe vs. Jules Verne: http://www.harkavagrant.com/?id=213) isn't here... but maybe it's in her previous book, so I will snap that one up too!...more
Got this one from the library today, chewed through it over lunch, and really enjoyed it. The subject matter is dark, but it's also based on some realGot this one from the library today, chewed through it over lunch, and really enjoyed it. The subject matter is dark, but it's also based on some real-life events, which gives an interesting gravitas to the graphic novel (or "comic book," as some might have it...).
The title itself is a clever take on the subject of black folks in the U.S. "passing" as white, and that's exactly what the title character does -- though in this case, he passes in order to infiltrate white society as a defender of justice, exposing the men who are responsible for lynchings throughout the south in his newspaper column.
"Incognegro" is not a superhero, per se, though he does certainly pull off some Jedi mind tricks on white folks looking for trouble. He passes between two worlds, clouding his identity in order to get the information he needs to solve the case that has landed his brother in jail for a white woman's murder.
Of course, he's also constantly navigating a world that's both familiar and strange to him, returning to the south after years spent up north in New York City, and the differences between these two worlds prove just as dangerous.
In the end, justice is served with its own black-and-white twist. Highly recommended for Black History Month, or any month when you want to explore America's racial dividing lines -- past and present....more