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review 2019-02-02 18:57
The Monsters We Deserve
The Monsters We Deserve - Marcus Sedgwick

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

This book is somewhat of an oddball: part essay, part horror story, part reflection about the writer’s craft and what bringing a story into the world involves.

The book the author-protagonist talks about is Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, but it’s also his own, his best-seller book, and the one about which he harbours the most doubts. It’s about disliking a story so much that you can’t help think about it; about the meaning of one’s writing, and how it completely escapes us from the moment it’s out in the world; about searching one’s soul and having to come to terms with our truths. Not an easy read, though it’s fairly short, and I admit I wasn’t entirely sold on it at first, but then it grew on me.

It’s also about monsters, of course, but not necessarily the kind we think at first.

Not my favourite book by Marcus Sedgwick, though, as parts of it are rather confusing and left me with a somewhat “off” feeling that I couldn’t place. Not to mention that if you’ve studied “Frankenstein” at least a little, most of the reflections outlined in it, as well as the “big reveal”, are kind of… super obvious?

2.5 stars. Interesting as a curiosity, I’d say.

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review 2018-08-16 15:29
Diamonds and Doom, Marcus Sedgwick
Diamonds and Doom. Marcus Sedgwick - Marcus Sedgwick

The final book in the Raven Mysteries reaches almost as high as the first book and higher than any of the middle ones, mainly due to the introduction of Rob the Rival Raven and a level of insanity that renders the events of previous books almost normal seeming...

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text 2018-08-15 16:22
Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 235 pages.
Diamonds and Doom. Marcus Sedgwick - Marcus Sedgwick

Even crazier than the typical goings on at Otherhand Castle!

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text 2018-08-12 12:27
Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 235 pages.
Diamonds and Doom. Marcus Sedgwick - Marcus Sedgwick

Oh noes! There's a Rival Raven called Rob!

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review 2017-07-28 22:46
Saint Death
Saint Death: A Novel - Marcus Sedgwick

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This is not a happy book, and to be fair, I’m a little unsure why I requested it in the first place, since I’m usually not too keen on reading ‘realistic’ stories (the world is depressing enough as it is). Well, no: I guess I requested it because I like Marcus Sedgwick’s stories, also I met him briefly at a book festival and he was definitely a cool guy. So, yes, I guess there’s that.

And, anyway, I enjoyed the story. Though I should’ve guessed it wouldn’t be a bed of roses for the characters (pay attention to the very first character we meet, too). It is both realistic and haunting—haunted as it is by the presence of Santa Muerte, who may or may not be present, and who can tell, and does it really matter? For the characters believe in her and in her powers, and quickly learn that you must be crazy to try and trick the White Girl.

The story is told in third person point of view, present tense, which I typically enjoy less than past tense for a simple reason: it’s difficult to use, and too many people fail at it. Here, it works, and lends itself to that haunting atmosphere I mentioned previously, making the story somewhat surreal... which, in turn, strengthens its gritty aspects even more.

This isn’t a happy world, and there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel. Yet this is also a world where one can learn to retain their human dignity, and not give in to the darkness. A world where there are still good people in spite of all the bad ones. It is both hope and sadness—and death, who unites everybody in the end.

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