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review 2017-08-23 20:01
What a Story !
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

I'm not a fan of his, never followed his career or listened to his music. So why did I listen to over 18 hours of him recount his life ? Well it was highly recommended by a reading friend. I was worried I wouldn't last 18 hours of hearing the same voice ramble on but I never was bored, or ready to shut him up. I am a fan of the man but still not of the music, sorry Bruce. He was brutally honest digging deep into his and his, his bands and his families troubles. I was entranced by his words and the emotional kick he put into his audio retelling. If you love a good story, give it a listen

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text 2017-08-20 09:35
"Reservoir 13" by Jon McGregor - on 2017 Mann Booker Longlist - this is not going well
Reservoir 13: A Novel - Jon McGregor

From the description this sounds like a crime book - teenage girl goes missing on the hills above a small village - doubt - suspicion - secrets - yet it's on the Mann Book Longlist so I was expecting something with a twist.

 

I wasn't expcting something so difficult to engage with.

 

The story is told in an authorial voice that reports what little diaglogue there is rather than using direct speech.  The narration is a dispassionate description of events with all the passion of a more academic wildlife study.

 

This is mostly a pencil sketch sprinkled with small details highlighted in colour for no apparent reason.

 

There is a  focus on time passing and routines like seasons governing people's lives that gives the book a pleasant rhythm without providing any narrative thrust.

 

No access to the inner thoughts or emotions of the people. It has all the intimacy of a

camera drone filming a landscape:  all-seeing but from an alien non-human perspective.

 

I suspect the author is trying to do something new with form and that I should be delighted that he is eschewing the conventions of the genre. Instead, at more than an hour in to and eight hour book, I am still wondering what will make this book worth reading.

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review 2017-08-18 15:56
"Day Shift - Midnight Texas #2" by Charlaine Harris
Day Shift - Charlaine Harris

"Day Shift" continues the story of the small Texas town of Midnight, that started with "Midnight Crossroad"

 

Charlaine Harris uses Midnight as a place to collect characters from her earlier books, mix them with other enigmatic inhabitants with supernatural skills and or unusual gifts and get them involved with events that range from the slightly strange to the fundamentally weird.

 

If you have an afternoon to spare and you're in the mood for a gentle supernatural mystery, seasoned with quiet humour and mostly nice people trying to be mostly good, you'll enjoy this book.

 

If you're looking for fast-paced excitement, hair-raising thrills, and maybe some eroticised blood spilling, move on to a different book.

 

This is an afternoon television kind of Urban Fantasy. Think "Warehouse 13" with even less going on. It's a soap, stocked with characters looking for a plot.

 

Of course, it's a Charlaine Harris soap, so it's well written and the characters hold the attention but really, nothing much happens here. Midnight is a kind of Urban Fantasy Lake Wobegone. It invites you to come sit awhile and catch up with your favourite characters in an environment that is odd but somehow benign.

 

I enjoyed "Day Shift" (I have no idea why it's called that) enough to finish it but not enough to be waiting eagerly for the next one. If there is a next one, I may wander through it but I won't be expecting much by way of excitement except one or two small surprises.

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text 2017-08-17 16:43
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

I never liked his music but i am loving his memoir.- This man has lived many lives

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review 2017-08-15 22:30
The Devil's Own Work by Alan Judd, narrated by Matt Godfrey
The Devil's Own Work - Alan Judd,Owen King

 

The Devil's Own Work is a beautifully written, subtly told Faustian tale, which the narrator performs perfectly.

 

A man relates the story of his friend, Edward, and how he became a famous and successful writer. A writer who, although he writes many words, ultimately has nothing of substance to say. Further along, we discover that Edward inherited a manuscript from a recently deceased author named Tyrell. With that manuscript he also seems to have inherited a beautiful, ageless woman named Eudoxy.

 

As the story unfolds, we learn more about the manuscript, (which only can be read one letter at a time, because to try to see an actual word results in the reader seeing gibberish.) It's when this manuscript falls into Edward's hands that he suddenly becomes successful. Is that because of the manuscript itself, or because of the mysterious Eudoxy? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

This novella length story is tight and slow to build. There isn't necessarily a denouement, but instead a growing realization of horror and what is truly involved. If you are a reader expecting a lot of action, this isn't the tale for you. However, if you have a love of language and precise storytelling, AND this premise sounds intriguing to you, I highly recommend you give The Devil's Own Work a try. It probably won't provoke any screams or shouts of terror from you, but I bet it will give you a bad case of the heebies-jeebies.

 

Highly recommended!

 

*This audiobook was provided free of charge by the narrator, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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