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'Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child; timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer.'

Blueeyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and/>Blueeyedboy/> ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Black Swan (first published March 31st 2010)
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Charlotte May
"The world turns not on love, or even money, but on obsession."

Well this was an absolute mindfuck. To the point where I may not sleep tonight.

Three brothers - black, brown and blue. An abusive parent. A gift of words having smells and colours connected with them. An online webpage full of fictional murders. Or are they fiction?

Told through a series of blog posts on badguysrock! Joanne Harris weaves a tale of hatred, deceit, anger, violence and fear. Since I read her book Gentlemen and
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The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
This is probably one of the most difficult reviews I have written in a long while, for two reasons: 1) I am a HUGE Joanne Harris fan; I have read nearly all her books and just adore them - except for this one 2) I really had no idea what was going on for most of this book.

How do I even explain? Let’s give it a go: The story is narrated by B.B., a loner who spends most of his time on the internet either writing his own personal diary and telling the story of his life as he sees it and
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Teresa
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was with great trepidation that I embarked on this literary voyage as I had glanced at a few not so favourable reviews (will I ever learn??). Anyway, better to get this out of the way at the beginning – there is no chocolate, no magic, no wine, no fruit except for some rotten fruit juice. I have no doubt that Joanne Harris is ever so slightly ticked off by folk expecting her to continue writing in the same French pastoral vein but I really admire her for exploring much darker territory in her ...more
Keri
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Harris may be better-known for her lighter works of magical realism, but she can write a twisty, dark psychological thriller like almost no one else. Like her earlier Gentlemen and Players , this is a multiple-perspective narrative which toys with the many assumptions readers make about identity, reality and truth in fiction. What seems at first to be a straightforward psychological study of a murderer-- a premise which has proved sufficient to inspire many perfectly good suspense thrillers in its own ...more
Al
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without doubt, my favourite holiday read ! I'm still not entirely sure what happened or who is who, but mesmerizing ! And Ma, what a disgusting mother she is.
A complete mix of reality, fantasy, childhood and the present and of course the blurring of the senses. Fabulous !!
harryknuckles
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanne Harris began her career with two works of dark fiction that in many ways define her style better than the crowd-pleasing 'Chocolat'. She has always been interested in the masks we hide behind, and in 'blueeyedboy' is able to give full rein to these ideas.

I was unsure what to expect as I started to read as I had glanced at a few not so favourable reviews. Anyway, better to get this out of the way at the beginning - there is no chocolate, no magic, no wine and no fruit (except in a vile “v
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Anna
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would love this, as I recently read Joanne Harris's 'Gentlemen and Players', which I thought was a superb book, and was told this was in the same vein.

It has considerable similarities, based again on the idea of concealing your identity, and even set in the same town (the fictional school that formed the setting of 'Gentlemen and Players' also features in this novel). I liked the concept - the idea of characters hiding behind online identities, the blurring of the boundaries between
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Nikki
I got impatient to read blueeyedboy. You sort of expect Joanne Harris' work to show up in charity shops in short notice: I've found most of the rest of her work there, in my charity shop binges, after all. But I got tired of waiting, and didn't want to wait until Christmas, so I actually bought it for the Kindle app on my phone. That made it very convenient to read a chapter here and there -- even two chapters while I waited for Delta Maid to get off the stage so Seth Lakeman would come on! -- s ...more
Celia Lynch
May 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I tried several times to get into this book. I never give up on reading a book but I did this time. In fact I brough it with me to France and have left it there. I hope they have better luck than me reading it. An absolute mess it was.
A shame, I had high hopes for it. Even bought it twice. I had lent it to my daughter and then thought I had lost it so I ordered it again. That was how much I wanted to read it. I won't do that again.
K.
3.5 stars.

This book was...odd. "I don't quite know what to make of it" odd. Finish-the-book-and-stare-at-it-blankly-because-what-the-fuck-did-I-just-read odd.

Essentially, the gist of this book is that there's a 40-something guy named B.B. He lives with his mother, and spends big chunks of his life online, writing fiction about committing murder on Totally-Not-LiveJournal. He's part of a fiction writing group that focuses on villains, and the entire book is told in the fics and journal entries
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Tabetha Core
I was initially captured by the blurb of this novel. I've never read anything else by Joanne Harris, and found myself loving the psychological thrill behind the brief description.

Unfortunately, this book and I had a rough go-of-it. I found it was easy enough to put down and not pick up for a day or two. The plotline did not advance quickly, and although I understood it to be more of a character study, I was just not fully invested.

Why the four stars?

Page 297.
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LindyLouMac
Very clever and well written but I simply did not enjoy this one.

I have been reading and generally enjoying, sometimes loving the writing of Joanne Harris for a long time. This time with blue eyed boy after reading all 527 pages I am left wondering why I bothered. It was not the writing as that was up to her normal high standards. No this time I just could not get my head around this somewhat strange story. The fascinating aspect of the story and possibly the reason I kept reading was that Syna
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Natalie
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is without a doubt the best I've read this year so far!
As with Gentlemen and Players, this one showcases Joanne Harris's dark side, with a seriously sinister undertone playing in this book the whole way through!
The narrators are so unreliable, that even they don't really know what the truth is anymore, and as a reader, I was left reeling on more than one occasion, as just as I thought I had figured things out, the rug was pulled out from under my feet, and I was left reeling, then ju
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Bookish Enchantment (Katherine Quirke)
I tried and tried to get into this book. I am not really sure if it was just simply boring or just tedious. Neverttheless I did not finish it.
Khushboo Mathuria
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2018
The story was gripping. The characters were disgusting. The end was fucking brutal.

I LOVED IT.
Sharon Bolton
This is a very clever book; arguably the cleverest of all Harris’s books and almost certainly too clever for the likes of me. Because I struggled with it, if I’m honest.

Mrs Green has three sons: Black, Brown and Blue. Black is the eldest, brash and aggressive, Brown is the middle child, timid and dull. Blue is his mother’s favourite we are told at the outset, and he is a murderer.

Or is he? Because nothing is quite as it seems in this story.

The unreliable narrator is one of my favourite fictio
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Adair
Sep 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Joanne Harris, the acclaimed author of Chocolat, departs from sunny characters and a feel-good story in her latest work, blueeyedboy.

‘blueeyedboy’ is the online name of Benjamin Winter, a troubled man who joins a creative writing forum. Group members post chapters of their works-in-progress, comment on those of others, and occasionally get together. Benjamin’s posts are particularly imaginative—and very dark. blueeyedboy’s life is bleak, full of abuse. He’s learned early that lies ca
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Mandy
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Hmmm, still processing this one. I didn't want to give it three star "I liked it", because actually I found this book a discomforting, unsettling read. I was drawn back to it, compelled to read it despite those feelings. And it feels dreadfully strange to comment on a book made up of web entries by writing a web review - it feels too much as if I am trying to emulate the book.

I feel sure that I will be haunted by this book, that as I put all the different pieces together in my head I will be dr
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Louise Hartgen
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You're reading this online. I'm writing this on a computer. I could tell you that my name's Louise, that I'm twenty-two, fully sighted, I'm slim, blonde, blue-eyed and love to play sports. Actually only one of these facts is correct, but how could you know truth from fiction?

This book is an absolutely riveting tale about a boy and his Mum, about life lived online, about truth, lies, cruelty, bravery, love, murder ... Or maybe it's all in his head. Maybe it's all made up to pass the t
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Vanessa
Aug 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By far the worst book I have ever read. I don't like to start a book and not finish it, so I forced myself to read page after page, all the while telling myself 'It will be worth it in the end!' Well- it wasn't, the end was the worst part. So to anyone else who is part way through this book and dying of a combination of boredom and confusion, my advice is take it to the nearest charity shop.
I've heard brilliant things about Joanne Harris and in particular her novel Chocolat but I don't thi
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Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
I’m a Joanne Harris’ fan, I’ve read and enjoyed many of her books so I was surprised I didn’t like this novel more.
I enjoyed Gentlemen and Players which takes place in the same village, and to some extent has a similar thriller narrative with unreliable first person narrators but Blueeyedboy was too confusing, and had none of the humor of the previous book. Here, her characters were cynical, dark and manipulative, this makes them off-putting and highly unlikable.
Moreover, there were too many twist and revelatio
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Renita D'Silva
Very dark and twisted.
Christine
I usually think of Joanne Harris in terms of food. She's that fine French food I can afford. She's that nice meal prepared by friends in the French countryside (if I had friends in the French countryside). This isn't surprising. After all, she has co-authored two cookbooks. Some of her books are named for food, and food plays a role in the plots.

She, however, then writes book like Gentlemen and Players, which would be suited for a production of PBS' Mystery.

Then, she writes Blueeyedboy where she seems
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Ann Marie
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book...LOVED IT...and I feel so bad for it's author...the reviews here on Good Reads were awful...seems a lot of people read her Chocolat series and were angry that she try anything new...that's a shame...this book was perfect - aside from a few grammatical errors which should have been picked up by her editor...this was the first book penned by her that I have read and if I had read the reviews here first I never would have picked it up...many years ago someone had suggested it to ...more
Ell Eastwood
?????????????

I just ... I don't know??? Did anything in this book actually happen? I know it's meant to be an unreliable narrator kind of thing, but it just doesn't work when the character is just flat-out lying to you for no reason. Everyone in this book pretends to be someone else, which is revealed like halfway through and then ... doesn't really matter? It didn't complicated or enrich the plot at all.

Basically, it's written in "blog format", but it doesn't work. Espec
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Lolly K Dandeneau
The ending of this novel left me mad, which usually means it was a good book. A twisted, tangled web of characters you long to murder yourself this book makes it hard to decide whose side you are really on. Everyone is a mass of deception and lies.
Other's have summarized this novel, so I prefer instead to say I loved it for it's darkness. It was disturbing and raw. Highly recommended.
Jules
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It did take quite a lot of concentration at times, & I was briefly confused on a couple of occasions, but overall, it was very well written. I've read a lot of Joanne Harris books, & this reminded me a little of Gentlemen & Players, which I'd recommend to anyone who enjoyed the mystery in this story.
Anne
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't like this book. The format irritated me to death, and I found the fact/fiction and all the twists much too clever-clever for my liking. Sorry, did very little for me...
Martha☀
I have loved Joanne Harris before but this was the exception. In this novel, she experiments with a web journal style (which is already outdated) and tries to create a spooky narrative about admitting to and orchestrating a number of murders. She seems to be trying to make a point about the anonymity of the internet and how you never know with whom you are actually communicating, but it all falls flat with too much preamble, taking too many pages to set the stage and then too many character swit ...more
Charlene
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
This book is brilliant! In the beginning it was hard to pin down what was going on, full of twists and turns and intricacies with characters whose lives were all linked surprisingly. Honestly, it was so entertaining it'll be hard to move onto another book that isn't as gripping.
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre pr ...more
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