Unique magic realism with a heroine and wonderfully told mixing something familiar with very different unique mythologies and tales. The only reasonsUnique magic realism with a heroine and wonderfully told mixing something familiar with very different unique mythologies and tales. The only reasons it loses one start is that at some stages too predictable. This will however not discourage me from reading the second installment. Worth reading. Bahi was one of my favorite characters in the book. It has the magic feel of Aladin. ...more
First introduction to this author and I started reading it on a suggestion from a friend. It started off a bit slow but it was one of those books I feFirst introduction to this author and I started reading it on a suggestion from a friend. It started off a bit slow but it was one of those books I felt need time to simmer and get really stuck into. This year I struggled to find great historical fiction. A pleasant suprise. I loved the way the author moved between the different time periods. Art and the interpretation thereof is always mysterious and so personal. I know I really enjoyed a book of i start researching where the truth meets fiction. Such an interesting time period and Mix of truth vs. fiction....more
**spoiler alert** I was not sure if I would like this one. It was on my to read shelve for a while. I really enjoyed it a lot and certainly takes me b**spoiler alert** I was not sure if I would like this one. It was on my to read shelve for a while. I really enjoyed it a lot and certainly takes me back to Kafka on the Shore and other novels of discussing the metaphysical world and questioning existence of parallel worlds or universe. I enjoyed thinking about the topics dealt with this book, choices, regrets, love and holding onto reality. Worth Reading....more
The topic, the ideas and the concept of this book was so different I could not help but pick this one up and start reading
A family is selected to parThe topic, the ideas and the concept of this book was so different I could not help but pick this one up and start reading
A family is selected to participate in a "ground breaking" research project that involves taking in a chimpanzee as part of the family and train Charlie to use sign language to communicate. The book spans across different time periods in American society and surely gives an outsider a different perspective on how politics and racial tension was perceived in throughout time.
The author uses the different family members to provide you each characters view point. The characters are complex and believable. I struggled a bit with the flow as the telling changes from first person to third person throughout the book. I find this a bit disruptive but might not bother other readers.
A wonderful literary piece of writing that left me with a lot more questions than answers.
The stand out of this book is that the author takes you through the different stories but allow you to make up your own mind. It never felt that she is trying to force a view point or an opinion on me. This is what really allowed me to engage with the story a lot more. Thought provoking and beautifully written.
Sometimes a story resonates with you, it speaks to you and affects you in ways you never thought possible. It was also very unexpected. After all it iSometimes a story resonates with you, it speaks to you and affects you in ways you never thought possible. It was also very unexpected. After all it is only a story, but it is somebody's version of a real life events and struggles. "Youth isn't wasted on the young. Literature is." If I read this book 7 years ago it would probably not have made the same impact and might have been wasted on me. But it isn't Frank's "code name is Jeopardy, and was the disaster magnet" and his mother "was collateral damage". You cannot really say that though, "It would frame Frank like a criminal or a maniac". The main character in this book is a wonderfully, gifted child named Frank, that crept deep into my heart as I made my way through the book. Frank is "different" The story is different. I laughed, I cried and felt so close to the characters. I really enjoyed this book. This debut novel is a wonderful read and each character so complex that the author can pick up any one of the character's story and write a complete separate novel about them (which I secretly wish she would). Xander's story really fascinated me and I was so intrigued with his behavior throughout the book. It is filled with so many wonderful funny stories tying love and struggles so closely together. The burdens of being a mother, the burden of being responsible for something important and fragile "Sometimes we give ourselves way too much credit for everything that happens and sometimes not enough". It is a bit of a slower start in the beginning but I loved taking my time with this one. I could not put this book down. Fluent and wonderfully easy to read. Some areas reminded me of novels like "Extremely Loud and Incredibly close" and "A curios incident of a dog at night time. After reading this, I will be Frank with you.... Definitely my favorite book of 2016 so far. I highly recommend this. ...more
This is not one of the books on my usual "to read" list. It is also my first book from the author Joshilyn Jackson. The elements that attracted me toThis is not one of the books on my usual "to read" list. It is also my first book from the author Joshilyn Jackson. The elements that attracted me to this book was the link to Hinduism and the wonderful tales that is such a strong part of the religion. It enjoyed the story, the tales and the emotion that went into telling this story. I find the characters believable and the story intensely real. I am not going to lie, there were moments that I started crying. It was beautiful, sad and such an honest story. I enjoyed Kai's tales. The opening paragraph of this book sucked me completely into Paula/Kali's world. I found myself empathising with Kai as the book progressed. I loved the timing of how certain elements of the story was revealed with flashbacks from Paula's childhood back to the present moment.
Kali is a mother but a free spirit trying to run away from life and dragging her small daughter Paula /Kali along for the ride. When fate changed mother and daughter's life in a flash, you get to know Paula as both a young girl trying to survive as well as an adult trying to fit into a life she thinks she wants. Paula is forced to deal with all her struggles and face her relationship with her mother when she discovered that she has a brother Julian that was given up for adoption at birth. The past and the present are intertwined just as it does in the Hindu tales told by Kali's mother, "It was a long time ago and it is happening now".
The book reads easy and is well structured, as a reader it left me going back to certain elements in the book and finding meaning. Thinking about the characters even after finish reading it. A sign of a good read for me. I will certainly read a couple of books from Joshilyn in the near future. ...more
It certainly was such a surprising story. I am starting to explore more Swedish authors lately. I find their writing honest and almost raw. This debutIt certainly was such a surprising story. I am starting to explore more Swedish authors lately. I find their writing honest and almost raw. This debut novel certainly did not disappoint.
In early 18th century Sweden, history meets murder mystery and even magic realism when a family moves from Finland to Sweden to escape their own personal struggles and start over. A story of survival, self discovery and intertwined with the most absurd times of recent history. Witch hunts, murder, sorcery, paganism but also some familiar struggles of our time depression, survival, violence and hate.
I loved the female characters in the book. Both strong but with obvious flaws. In places the writing is wonderfully poetic and is so fluid, however in some places slightly disjointed and confusing.
There were also certain phrases probably familiar with mother tongue speakers but might be lost on some readers.
A wonderful story, surprising elements and great characterisation. Some elements reminded me of Snow Child. ...more
It took me a long time to decide how to rate this book and how I feel about reading the Nightingale. The story takes you back to all horrors that wasIt took me a long time to decide how to rate this book and how I feel about reading the Nightingale. The story takes you back to all horrors that was committed during World War II, however the story of a broken, loveless father leaving his two daughters to make it on their own was the element that glued this story together. The story is told from the perspective of two sisters. It takes the reader through the choices and action each one makes during a time of crisis. It allows you to see the age old "fight or flight" response of human nature from the two sisters' perspective. The journey allows you to see how their different choices map their paths and leads them to another set of choices and rules. This is a wonderfully written story, brilliantly told and that really cuts deep into the psyche of person that has never experience the horrors of war. The sadness lies in the fact that most of the atrocities that was depicted in this book happened throughout the war. Over 60 million people died during World War II. The sheer number of people that lost their lives makes it even hard to comprehend the possibility of this. I struggled reading this book. It depressed me, it made me lose faith in humanity, it showed me the imperfections of being a parent , regardless of war or not. It showed me the power of forgiveness and yearning. Reading it was a slow process as I had to digest it piece by piece. In the end I just wanted to finish it. In this lies the brilliance of the author to make you experience and get a view into what it must have been like, to live through the worst part of modern history. This is a book you invest in, live through and become part of. You simply cannot just read it. The power and the impact of this stories lies in your affection and investing your emotions and time into digging deep into the affect this has had on the people that experienced it firsthand. I cannot say that I loved this book, I cannot say that I enjoyed reading it, but it surely did touch me, it left me sad that society (still) allow(ed) this to happen....more
I really do not find any joy in the prospect of rating any book less than three stars. However I will not be very honest and truthful if I do not admiI really do not find any joy in the prospect of rating any book less than three stars. However I will not be very honest and truthful if I do not admit that it was not a true descprition as provded in the Amazon Kindle review. It will probably be a much better movie than a book. The plot was very predictable and felt extremely formula driven. The characters lacked depth and in trying to keep the story fast paced it does not allow time for the characters to develop and for the plot line to mature. I was really looking for an easy, light read but this did not even live up to that expectation....more
The historic and uniqueness of the plot kept me engage and in that way this was a wonderful read. An antique shop owner receives a unique violin whichThe historic and uniqueness of the plot kept me engage and in that way this was a wonderful read. An antique shop owner receives a unique violin which leads her investigate a century old story. She ends up traveling to faraway places, find romance and heal old wounds. The historic travels and dipping into different time periods was a great addition to the story and I enjoyed the mystery behind it. The writing style let the story down though, which is such a pity. I really sensed pieces comparable with "The Garden of Evening Mist" but certainly not of the same literary standard. That being said, I still enjoyed reading the story and solving the mystery. It is a perfect holiday read....more
The last installment of the the Bill Hodges Trilogy kept me up at night. In more way than one. Dark and more familiar Stephen King feel to it than theThe last installment of the the Bill Hodges Trilogy kept me up at night. In more way than one. Dark and more familiar Stephen King feel to it than the two previous books in the trilogy. ...more
There is just no way that I can rate this book less than 5 stars. What a journey. A Gathering of Shadows is definitely much darker than the first bookThere is just no way that I can rate this book less than 5 stars. What a journey. A Gathering of Shadows is definitely much darker than the first book, but was filled with excitement, , suspense and action. I could not wait to get my hands on this book and start reading it as I really enjoyed the first book. A world build around four different versions of London all with a unique tie to magic (or the lack thereof). Reading a book, wanting to get to the end yet hoping that you never get to it is a sure sign of a great read. It was full of action, wonder, magic and quirky moments. Hunger Games meet Game of Thrones in a sense for me. How on earth am I going to wait for the next book? Reading the acknowledgement it certainly put the pleasure of reading it into perspective. V.E. Schwab took years to write this, yet reading it went by so quickly. Drawn into Lila's world at sea, Kell and Rhy's lives bind together and the emotional torment that comes with power, magic and balancing light and dark. It was certainly a great treat and a must read. ...more