This is Marisha Pessl's first novel (she is an Asheville, NC native by the way). I liked it but it is not for everyone. It is the life story of Blue VThis is Marisha Pessl's first novel (she is an Asheville, NC native by the way). I liked it but it is not for everyone. It is the life story of Blue Van Meer told in the form of a research paper complete with the occasional illustration and parenthetical documentation. At first it is really clever after a while it is annoying and tedious. Skimming is a good idea in the middle of the book. The ending was good enough to suffer through the middle. I think if you liked House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski then you may enjoy this book. It is a cross between it and Secret History by Donna Tartt sprinkled with McSweeneys. The main plot of the book revolves around a cliquey, elitist group of friends and their mysterious leader/ prep school teacher. Blue collects clues to unravel the teacher's identity and discovering a lot about herself at the same time. Also, the book has a really cool website: http://www.calamityphysics.com/main.htm...more
It was a quick read. It was very soap opera-y with lots of delicate twists, turns and difficult to believe coincidences in the plot. The writer was a It was a quick read. It was very soap opera-y with lots of delicate twists, turns and difficult to believe coincidences in the plot. The writer was a little clumsy and haphazard. For example, there is lots of emphasis put on names, naming things etc. The characters spend a lot of time discussing names...who knows why really. All of these instances were overly obvious and then totally forgotten in the end. The main plot revolves around lying, necessary lying and frivolous lying etc.
I know this review sounds...negative...but I still enjoyed to book. It was not too demanding, entertaining and a bit on the fluffy side. A more serious version of Indian chick-lit? a poorly written Brick Road? By the time you start to wonder if you like it is over.
So you need something like reading an Indian tv melodrama...and sometimes you do... this is the book for you! P.S. the author's name is fun to say
Look Me in the Eye is a memoir written by John Elder Robison, the brother of Augusten Burroughs ( a famous memoirist in his own right, Running with ScLook Me in the Eye is a memoir written by John Elder Robison, the brother of Augusten Burroughs ( a famous memoirist in his own right, Running with Scissors, Dry, Sellevision). John grows up in a truly dysfunctional family and finds out at age 40 that he has lived his whole life with Aspergers Syndrome. John describes in a very forthright manner the challenges he encounters growing up. He faces many obstacles trying to socialize with others without really knowing how. He also is very skilled mechanically and carves quite a niche for himself by creating special effects for concert tours in the 70's. As a writer, Robison not very frilly, but that is understandable given his Aspergian nature. Sometimes he tells a little too much detail just to relate an amusing or interesting anecdote. Overall, his story is a fascinating glimpse into the world of Aspergers. * My co-worker, Gerald, told me John Elder Robison was interviewed on the Diane Rehm Show. He said it was very enlightening. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but hope to soon....more
The Eyre Affair was the best thing I have read in a while. Fforde creates and alternate world in which a special operations team fights and investigatThe Eyre Affair was the best thing I have read in a while. Fforde creates and alternate world in which a special operations team fights and investigates crime involving literature. It was a great and witty adventure as Thursday Next tries to put an end to Hades Acheron. There is time travel, there is shape shifting, there are people naming themselves John Milton because they love the poet so much and don't forget the dodo named Pickwick *plock plock*
The WSJ review describes it best and most accurately : "Filled with clever wordplay, literary allusion and bibliowit...combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Stephen Hawking and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but its quirky charm is all its own."
If you think this sounds too high falutin or snooty, it is not!
The best thing about this book is that it is the first in a series. There are 3 more novels centered around Thursday Next and her work in SO-27!...more