For the week ending 29th June 2019
Rain, Rain and more rain, will it ever end? I have managed to put up three posts this week, or at least I will when this one goes live. I have read two books: My name is Monster, by Katie Howe and The Hounds of Justice by Claire O’Dell. (both of which were given to me by the publishers in the hope of an honest review), Both were good books. I will review Hounds of Justice in full later.
My name is Monster focuses on the experiences of an eponymous protagonist as she moves through a desolate landscape. Her world has been destroyed: first, by a war; then, by a deadly infectious disease. She, one of the survivors, travels through a destructed physical landscape. As monster travels, she is engrossed with her own mental landscape; a mental landscape of half formed memories. Her memories of childhood return in flashes and dreams. One by one, she pulls out memories of the events, and people, that constitute the landscape of her childhood. This bleak, but ultimately hopeful book, explores: – gender, self-identification and survival.
The book utilizes lyrical writing to bring alive its world. The slow pace really mirrors the characters slow progress through this empty physical landscape and the confusing mental landscape of her childhood memories. Yet, these same factors, the boring tempo of both plot and language, could make for a difficult read, particularly if you like a fast-paced plot. I highly commend this book for those who like, or who can get past, its slow pace.
I am presently still making my way through Sara Sheridan’s back list. In addition, I have just started the Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite. I am listening to; How to Survive a Plague by David France and the Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan.