I was given this by a friend at work to read and probably wouldn't have picked it for myself, but I'll try pretty much anything.
The weaving I was given this by a friend at work to read and probably wouldn't have picked it for myself, but I'll try pretty much anything.
The weaving together of the various stories and personal histories of the family. It was cleverly done and ranged from the mundane and regular to huge life changing events.
Ruby's narration was well-written and consistent; her take on events ranged from comic and childlike, through to bleak and impersonal.
Not so keen on:
I really didn't engage with any of the characters, including Ruby and so found myself 'just reading' not especially interested in who did what next. In fact I think I engaged most with the poor parrot.
Overall, this is a cleverly conceived novel and weaves together a family history in an interesting way. However, I didn't particularly enjoy reading it. ...more
What to say about this book that hasn't already been said? It's is creepy, mysterious and let's face it - a little odd - but in the same way that many What to say about this book that hasn't already been said? It's is creepy, mysterious and let's face it - a little odd - but in the same way that many robot/cyborg sci-fi novels offer us the opportunity to examine humanity and human behaviours through these semi-human machines, The Island of Dr Moreau does a similar thing with animals.
To be honest - this wasn't the best 'light holiday reading' novel I could have chosen and possibly on a bright sunny beach it was more disturbing to think of the mechanics and reality of the experiments being undertaken, but it was a good read and quite thought provoking. ...more
I'll admit it, I am one of those geeky types who likes to know random little facts about things. When these factsLoved this as much as Red Herrings...
I'll admit it, I am one of those geeky types who likes to know random little facts about things. When these facts relate to language and reading, I like it even more. So no surprise that I loved this book. I blasted through really quickly as it's so easy to pick up and read snippets around other books. It now sits in the pile beside my bed for when I can't be bothered to read something more involved.
If you like understanding word and language origins, in a lightly comic, easy-to-read style, then this book is for you! ...more
Although this book is set in a dystopian future America, you learn very little about that world, what it is like and how it came to be that way...inteAlthough this book is set in a dystopian future America, you learn very little about that world, what it is like and how it came to be that way...interestingly your whole perspective of the world and people in it are viewed through a 'long walk lens'.
What I liked about this book, which in itself feels like a long and gruelling read at times (in a good way), is that it spends the entire time examining a terrible event in crippling slow motion through the eyes of those experiencing it. Comparisons to novels such as The Hunger Games only exist as far a this being semi- televised competition featuring young people, who must fight - or in this case walk - to the death. Unlike HG, The Long Walk focuses not on the action and bloody deaths, but the excruciating mental experience of the competitors. There is a close examination of human nature and how that can be twisted and tainted by a person's environment in both negative and positive ways.
Overall, this is a thought-provoking read, that relies on subtle indicators to a world corrupt and terrible that would champion such a brutal event as the long walk, rather than overt themes and actions. It left me rather emotionally numb - just as the boys surrounded by death seemed to become - with an odd sense that somewhere out there Garraty and the others are still walking on this endless road: some ghosts, some living dead and others so mad they might be anything....what kind of world is that? I have to say, I'm really not sure......more