By Max Porter
This book made me hold my breath so it’s a good thing it’s short! Lanny is a young, idiosyncratic boy who has recently moved to an English village with his parents, Jolie and Robert. He’s a free range, nature-loving, artistic soul who befriends a famous local artist, Pete. Lanny is on the cusp of childhood, tuned in to the natural surrounds and the ethereal wanderings of Dead Papa Toothwort, as only a child under ten can be. Lanny is my favourite child in literature since Scout Finch – fully realised. The village they live in, a commuter town to London, is a character unto itself. It really springs to live after Lanny goes missing. It’s not the picturesque, sweet country village that we often see in literature. Instead we see the old-timers pitted against the more recent townsfolk like Lanny’s family….the differences are stark and in some ways showcase Brexit attitudes. The book is best described as a collage, it’s like nothing I’ve read before. It forces you to pay attention whilst reading. Poetic, magical and 100% marvellous! I loved it so much I then went on to listen to the audiobook version read by the author.
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When you start a Murakami story you don’t really know what you are going to get. Most of his stories are set in modern Japan, and are filled with intriguing characters. These include a man in the novel ‘Kafka on the shore’ who always refers to himself in the third person, “Nakata loves eel”, and has the ability to talk to cats. Another is Tsukuru Tazaki, socially isolated and trying to work out why his school friends abandoned him many years ago. Murakami’s books are quirky, surreal and unconventional.
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Push past the esoteric backdrop, and you will discover a uniquely suspenseful (and disturbing) debut novel. Reading it is like circling in a basin, ever faster with each lap, until, on the last line of the last page, you are finally and forever sucked down the plug hole.
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CJ Cherryh’s science fiction/fantasy novels feature amazingly detailed worlds, supported by her strong background in languages, history, archaeology, and psychology. She even has an asteroid named after her: 77185 Cherryh!
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This is an easy read – deceptively simple but one that left me thinking throughout. It’s definitely a page turner, quick plot & great characters. It also make you question yourself & your assumptions. 4/5 stars
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