**spoiler alert** This is a marmite book, I loved it but I can see from other reviews that it has divided opinion. It is far-fetched and fantastical b...more**spoiler alert** This is a marmite book, I loved it but I can see from other reviews that it has divided opinion. It is far-fetched and fantastical but having said that pure escapism. The first part about Jack the Ripper and a lover wanting to ensure his beloved doesn't get murdered seems a little superfluous but by the end of the novel it does tie in with the H G Wells story line and the time travelling theories. Being familiar with Victorian characters and authors is helpful as many of them have roles in the plot but having said that it is not strictly necessary! You do have to keep up the plot is maze like and even though I finished I still wasn't completely sure where the characters had ended up. Having said that I thought the idea behind it was clever and original. The translation is not too bad and I found it thoroughly readable.(less)
At times harrowing and others touching this books tracks the life of an abandoned wife. It outlines the treatments of so called hysterics in Victorian...moreAt times harrowing and others touching this books tracks the life of an abandoned wife. It outlines the treatments of so called hysterics in Victorian times and the lengths they would go to to escape the asylums. London and the bridge take on symbolic meanings as you get to know the characters. Well worth a read.(less)
I read this to check its suitability for my 9 year old who enjoys mystery stories and Harry Potter and so on. I have to say I quite enjoyed it. The ma...moreI read this to check its suitability for my 9 year old who enjoys mystery stories and Harry Potter and so on. I have to say I quite enjoyed it. The main characters are Stephanie who after inheriting her uncles house discovers a world of magic. skulduggery Pleasant is the detective that draws her into this world and is a skeleton who can walk, talk, and do magic. Stephanie meets a lot of colourful characters on the way as everyone seems intent on locating a key that is thought to have been in her uncles possession at the time of his death. We discover that the most evil wizard is making a comeback and is planning on starting a new war. There are lots of magical devices and tricks employed as Stephanie delves deeper into the magical realm, for instance a reflection of yourself that can come to life and cover your tracks while you get up to no good! Of course the book has lots of violence and death but it is in the context of the story and is juxtaposed with humour. The banter between Skulduggery and Stephanie is amusing and provides light relief and often comes even when the characters are in danger. Once the book gets going and the characters are established it rolls along at a fast pace and I think older children will enjoy this book. For those that enjoy Charlie Bone, Alex Rider, Harry Potter and the like this comes recommended.(less)
Like many readers I received this with anticipation having been truly terrified of the Shining mixed with nervousness, hoping this book would recreate...moreLike many readers I received this with anticipation having been truly terrified of the Shining mixed with nervousness, hoping this book would recreate the tense atmosphere of the Overlook Hotel.
The novel comes in parts, the first bringing us up to date with the characters and exploring the relationship between Dan and Dick and letting is know what happened to Wendy. This part is the closest to the original novel with visions of old foes and real shock and horror value. Danny has now become 'Dan' and is drifting through life in a series of dead end jobs and an addiction to alcohol that is killing him. He comes at last to a town where he seems content to settle and it is there that he earns his nickname Dr Sleep. He works in a local hospice and is on hand to ease his elderly patients into the next realm. He also makes contact with Abra, a young girl with powers not dissimilar to himself.
The True Know are the villains of the piece and seem to be drawing their energies from the remains of the Overlook and it is in this location that the conclusion of the novel plays out with the same sinister nature portrayed in the Shining. The characters are brilliantly drawn and you come to care about them, the villains appear to be normal and drive around in camper van blending in with the rest of us so suitable creepy for a King novel and driven by their own survival needs and greed. Dan and Abra must unite to defeat the true know as Abra is full of valuable steam that the true know need for their own survival.
The action is fast paced and even though the novel is fairly long it whizzes by which is always a sign of a good read. The reason for giving 4 rather than 5 stars is that I felt the conclusion was all a little too easy. I don't want to give too much away but I was expecting a twist in the tale before the end that never came, having said that in the main the plot hangs together within context and is back to King's usual creepiness, a well recommended read.(less)
This was an intriguing story, that begins with a cyclist running down a pedestrian on a busy New York Street. What follows is a rather one sided roman...moreThis was an intriguing story, that begins with a cyclist running down a pedestrian on a busy New York Street. What follows is a rather one sided romance to begin with as Darcy, the cyclist tries to piece together the details of Aiden's life with very few clues to go on. There is the added complication of taking care of Bailey, a rather large husky dog! We explore several parks, shopping areas and the cream of Manhattan high society with Darcy. One of the lovely things about the book is the blossoming friendship between Darcy and her neighbour, who Darcy has previously dismissed as cranky and unfriendly, instead they find mutual interests and Grace begins to move on with her life! Throughout there are lots of book references and Darcy delights in the regency romances that fill the shelves of the book shop she works at. There are lots of colourful characters and we find out about Aiden more through Darcy and her meetings with people who know him and what they have to say about him than anything. There are many twists and turns and the ending for me was a surprise which was refreshing as well. i enjoyed this book and wanted to keep reading so definitely a page turner. (less)