This is a very different book to any of the others from the Thursday Next series.
I struggled more than usual to connect and get hooked into this book,This is a very different book to any of the others from the Thursday Next series.
I struggled more than usual to connect and get hooked into this book, than with any of the others. I guess this could be because all the other Fforde books I've read (with the exception of Shades of Grey) were based around a well known plot, whether that be a nursery rhyme, or classic novel.
This book thrusts you straight into the Bookworld, which has just been re-made and so you find yourself in a universe whose rules you don't yet know - it has to be explained that there's a highly suspended gravitational field that has to be accessed from below and not exceeded or you forever fall into and become part of the eternal Bookworld 'moon'. Plus you spend the first half of the novel trying to figure out the geographical lay of the Bookworld, and where the boundary lines are between Racy Novel, Women's Fiction and Porn, and which are single land masses and which are islands. Maybe I just got a bit too distracted by this, that I didn't engage with the story as well as I ought.
Having said that, I loved the usual play on literary terms and references, I liked the continued question over identity that's carried right through the book, and I did appreciate the familiarity of the Thursday Next 'cast', as a sort of grounding.
All in all, another brilliantly nonsensical, relaxing novel from Fforde....more
I actually tried this book from the library as a trial read looking for new authors within the crime genre, and due to being ill have devoured the booI actually tried this book from the library as a trial read looking for new authors within the crime genre, and due to being ill have devoured the book very quickly.
The style of writing, and the use of coupling both a running narrative and extracts from a diary in each chapter, I found engaging. And the writing is very easy to read, though I wouldn't describe it as a page turner.
Initially I felt that Lee Jackson was failing to depict Victorian London through his writing of the narrative detective investigation - whether this was due to the language used, or lack of scene setting and descriptive writing, I'm unsure. But I certainly struggled to keep Victorian London in mind rather than present day. However the diary seemed to have this Victorian quality about it, which I guess helped to distinguish between the two, but maybe undermined the authenticity of the Victorian element of the investigation.
Apart from writing style, I have to say that this book managed a totally unforeseen twist at the end, for me. I genuinely became quite confused for a page or two within 15 pages of the end of the book. And I think for this reason alone it deserves a high rating. I thoroughly enjoyed it as an easy read and was very happy with the ending, which I won't even hint at.
A good book, but not necessarily an author I would continue to read, though this title is worth a go!...more
I've just started to look at Scottish church history as a personal project and this was one of the first books that I could find on the subject at myI've just started to look at Scottish church history as a personal project and this was one of the first books that I could find on the subject at my local library (Inverness).
I must admit that though I read the whole of the extensive introduction and actual confession, I did only read the newly translated version by James Bulloch rather than that and the original transcript in oldie English.
As stupid as it sounds, I was surprised how much of the confession I could personally add an 'amen' to. Stupid because the confession merely states the exact belief of reformers in Scotland in 1560 which is all based solely on Scripture. Which as a non-denominational, Bible believing Christian myself is precisely what I believe.
I know that this is no new form of Christianity and is in fact the way God ordained it through the establishment of the early church, which is the model that we follow. But sometimes this simplistic Bible based form of Christianity can get lost in the public perception of Christianity, based around the established churches of Catholicism, Church of Scotland/England etc. It was a nice realisation to me that Scotland was founded in 1560 on the basic principles of following Scripture and recognising God's plan in all things.
What a foundation for us to work from now, as we try to reintroduce the importance of Godly principles in a Scotland that is changing and advancing as quickly as the rest of the world, and floundering under the pressure of commercialism and hedonism.
I read this book a few months back having decided that I'd like to look into crime fiction, as I've previously never had an interest in this genre. II read this book a few months back having decided that I'd like to look into crime fiction, as I've previously never had an interest in this genre. I borrowed 'Genesis' from a friend and I absolutely devoured it!
I am also a CSI fan, and I loved Karin Slaughter's style of writing which is basically CSI in book form! The story starts with the discovery of a horrid and disturbing crime scene with victims who are unable to give witness.
The story is slowly uncovered by the detective and police officer characters - when they discover something new, a lead, evidence, whatever, that's when the reader is aware too. So we get no extra insight into the plot or who the villain might be in comparison to the story's characters. Which I relish, as it allows me to speculate and play detective in my own mind.
The writing style is as you would expect for this type of crime thriller - fast paced and constantly throwing up cliff hanging chapter ends, which is precisely why I read the book from cover to cover within a day or two. Thoroughly enjoyed and shall be reading some more of Slaughter's books in the near future!...more
This is the second of Karin Slaughter's books that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. It still has that CSI feel to it, which makes my brain tick oveThis is the second of Karin Slaughter's books that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. It still has that CSI feel to it, which makes my brain tick over trying to solve the crime from the off, rather than be drip fed the clues and information of the case.
It took me a wee while longer to get hooked to the storyline than it did in 'Genesis', I didn't feel that there was as much urgency in the solving of this crime, but then, as 95% of the investigators are convinced that the only survivor of the attack is already dead, I guess this has been perfectly written.
More than anything it proved the perfect companion for me during the early morning hours of not being able to sleep through my husbands impeccably load snoring! An easy to read, (what I would call) trashy novel. Thanks Slaughter!...more