A tale of murder, artistic rivalry and literary trickery; a chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; a narrator whose agenda isA tale of murder, artistic rivalry and literary trickery; a chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; a narrator whose agenda is artful and subtle; a narrative that pulls you in and plays an elegant game with you. The Dream Archipelago is a vast network of islands. The names of the islands are different depending on who you talk to, their very locations seem to twist and shift. Some islands have been sculpted into vast musical instruments, others are home to lethal creatures, others the playground for high society. Hot winds blow across the archipelago and a war fought between two distant continents is played out across its waters. THE ISLANDERS serves both as an untrustworthy but enticing guide to the islands, an intriguing, multi-layered tale of a murder and the suspect legacy of its appealing but definitely untrustworthy narrator. I
This is such a weird and wonderful book. A really refreshing perspective of a fiction novel. Each chapter is split into the different islands of the Dream Archipelago, some are short story's focusing on an important or iconic member of the islands. Others are more a travel introduction to each island. Somehow (and very cleverly), these all seem to intertwine and become a fantastic read.
The book itself starts slowly and you are a tad confused about where the information is going, but before you know it your sucked right in, you've read more pages than you thought and it is starting to make some sense. Because its not a fiction as we know it, it really doesn't have much of a plot, just many intertwining stories. This does make it feel like it ends abruptly (and to be honest I really didn't like the end chapter). However this did not spoil the book for me.
Its a hard book to review because its so different, I cant explain it properly. What I do know its compelling, interesting, refreshingly different and a hard book to put down. Its the kind of book thats like a rich box of chocolates, you savour each bit and cant always take it all at once, but you do keep sneaking back for a more and a bit more.
Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Across 1000 miles of Oregon desert his assassins, the notorious Eli and Charlies Sisters, ride - fighting, shooti Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Across 1000 miles of Oregon desert his assassins, the notorious Eli and Charlies Sisters, ride - fighting, shooting, and drinking their way to Sacramento. But their prey isn't an easy mark, the road is long and bloody, and somewhere along the path Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. The Sisters Brothers pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable ribald tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life-and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humour, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
A refreshing and different perspective on bounty hunters in the gold rush. It was written in such a style that made it different from your western or your assassin genre. It was written from the perspective of one of the boys, who was not always happy with what he was doing or the life he was leading. Instead of all gung-ho, violence and shoot em ups. Its more a trial of life, where not everything goes right and the narrator is not afraid to tell you his true feelings, his emotions or his fears. He follows in his brothers shadow and is a bit upset about this. He even gets called fat at one point and this gives him a bit of a complex.
The story itself is enthralling, and captivating. Its not all happy endings either and it feels a bit more realistic and a bit more believable as a story. (Men admiring they have emotions, whatever next.) The characters are complex and are given a depth that you really feel you get to know them. This book made me both laugh and feel sorry for the boys in the story.
This really is a great book to read. Really not what I was expecting and much better than I thought. The cover for this book is also very clever and amazing (I had lots of people inspect this book and mention it). I really enjoyed this read, not something I would usually pick up, but im glad I did. Very good book and worth reading. ...more