A feature about the (review) books I couldn't get through in my break from the computer.
A Small Madness- Dianne Touchell.
Copy published and provided by Allen and Unwin. Thank you!
I'm not really sure how far I got through A Small Madness, though I skimmed most of it after that point, where I felt it was not going to be a comfortable or beneficial read for me if I continued. It is about a really troubling issue and I felt a daunting and a fear and great discomfort through the writing, even in the early pages. One thing I think should have been amended in the finished copy is a little more information before the reader gets in, about what the book is actually about, because the back reveals very little and when I found out the real focus of the story I was completely taken aback. I felt it needed some warning, at least.
Image Credit: Allen and Unwin.
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Iremonger Book 1, Heap House- Edward Carey.
Copy published and provided by Hot Key Books. Thank you!
I struggled on and off with Heap House for a long time, marking my way through the early chapters before moving away, returning only to move away once more. I so looked forward to this unusual tale, but just couldn't get into the language or story, and from skipping ahead afterwards I realise it's unlikely that would have changed the more I read. The way the story is set out, with character illustrations at the beginning of each new chapter, is something I like and the total uniqueness of the plot, so wildly different from anything else I've ever heard of, but sadly I just could not find anything in it that pulled me in and managed to hold me.