Monday, 30 April 2012

Book Haul!



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I have stopped doing IMM due to recent events, so I thought I'd post a good old-fashioned book haul instead! 

Books I Bought:

Again, I sniffed out some good book deals this week and managed to spend less than £10 on books! Yayyy...I can afford food!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Graphic Novel Review: 'Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic' by Alison Bechdel


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel

Published: June 8th, 2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Graphic Novel/ Autobiography
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Book Review: 'The Uninvited Guests' by Sadie Jones


The Uninvited Guests
by Sadie Jones

Published: May 1st, 2012

Publisher: Harper
Genre: Adult General Fiction
Format: E-Book
Pages: 272

Thursday, 26 April 2012

YA Book Review: 'Shiver' by Maggie Stiefvater


Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater

Published: August 1st, 2009

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls (Book 1)
Pages: 434

Book Review and Author Interview: The Weeping Empress by Sadie S. Forsythe


The Weeping Empress
by Sadie S. Forsythe

Published: 2011
Publisher: Self- Published
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 242


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

'Waiting On' Wednesday #5!






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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're salivating for.

My "Waiting On" Wednesday selection this week  is...

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Characters in Books!


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Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.


Top Ten All-Time Favourite Characters in Books

I love so many that this was a difficult one to decide on! I generally like characters with unique traits and lots of personality so that's something I think is found in all of the following characters.

10. 
Character Name: Frederick Algernon "FattyTrotteville

Appears in: The 'Five Find-Outers' series by Enid Blyton

Why I Love Him: The Five Find-Outers series by Enid Blyton was something me and my sister will always associate with our childhood. A group of children live in a quaint English village and cycle around on their bicycles and solve mysteries and drink ginger beer and say 'Toppo!' and 'Spiffing!' Fatty is their leader and a master of disguise; the most cheeky and charasmatic creation I think Enid Blyton has ever come up with!







9.
Character Name: Esther Greenwood

Appears in: 'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath

Why I Love Her: Esther Greenwood is one of the most relate-able characters in English Literature...and her descent into horrifying depression just shows the dark that can overcome anyone at any time in their lives. Plath makes Esther such a realistic and beautiful character that you can't help but love her and empathise with her. She feels trapped and claustrophobic in her current rather mundane life, as though she is living under a bell jar...and sadly it seems Plath did too.







8.
Character Name: Henry DeTamble

Appears in: 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger 

Why I Love Him: Henry has it all; he works in a library, he's scruffy, he's punky and he is so so sexy. Him and Claire together is magic and turns into one of the most believable and adorable relationships in literature. The time travel just makes it extra special. 





7. 
Character Name: Rudy Steiner

Appears in: 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak 

Why I Love Him: I love all the characters in this book, especially Leisl, Death and Papa. But, for me, Rudy is the one I was praying for in the end and the one whose personality was both innocent and flawed and, ultimately, perfect. He loves Leisl right and doesn't let her down. He is funny and charming and generally adorable; and with all their hunting apples he is the Gale to her Katniss!









6.
Character Name: Fevvers

Appears in: 'Nights at the Circus' by Angela Carter.

Why I Love Her: She is one of the most incredible and memorable characters I have ever seen in a book. A gargantuan aerialiste, a Cockney virgin, hatched from an egg with her own set of fledgling wings, she is unforgettable and wonderful. Her recollection of her time spent working in a 'freaks' brothel is particularly amazing.










5. 

Character Names: Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester

Appears in: 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte.  

Why I Love Them: I had to choose them both because they come as a pair! Jane is always the reserved governess on the outside but loves passionately inside and Mr Rochester is the one who recognises her amazingness for the first time. Their clever banter and passion is hard not to love. 


4. 

Character Name: Penelope Keeling

Appears in: 'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamunde Pilcher  

Why I Love Her: This book is for adults but was one of my very favourites as a child. It's gorgeous. It largely explores Penelope's past life and her current relationships with her very different children. Penelope has always stayed with me for her misguided marriage, her inability to connect with her first child, her ability to not judge her now adult children,  and her glorious love affair with a soldier. It is all magnificently written.





3. 
Character Name: Matilda Wormwood

Appears in: 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl  

Why I Love Her: How could you not!? She is a tiny girl who, despite her abuse at home from her ignorant family, becomes so intelligent she reads the whole library and begins to move things with her mind! She was my idol as a child and still is.





2. 
Character Name: Sirius Black

Appears in: The 'Harry Potter' series by J.K Rowling  

Why I Love Him: To be honest I don't actually have a favourite HP character as they are all wonderful and indispensible. But Sirius is the sexiest so I went with that. And J.K Rowking broke my heart with one swoosh of a veil.












1. 
Character Names: Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe

Appear in: Anne of Green Gables + sequels

Why I Love Them: This is my favourite book and Anne is the best, most imaginative and charming character ever conceived! She is flawed and silly but that just makes her so much better. We won't talk about some of the sequels because the writer does make her a bit holier-than-thou but the original book is perfect so I will ignore that! And I had to put Gilbert in there too if only for his speech at the end of 'Anne of the Island'.

Hope you like these characters too! Let me know who you love!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Musing Monday!



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'Musing Mondays' is a weekly event where MizB from Should Be Reading will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. 


Today's Musing: 



Sunday, 22 April 2012

In My Mailbox!



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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a where we exhibit all the books and book related amazingness we got during the week! Yay!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Book Review: 'Quartet' by Jean Rhys

Quartet
by Jean Rhys

Published: 1928
Genre: Modern Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 210


Cover Art


This particular cover evokes the 1920's mood and atmosphere that this novel depicts brilliantly. Scotch drinking and chain smoking in Paris is what Jean Rhys knew best!


Plot Synopsis


Living in Paris with her reckless, vagabond husband Stephan, Marya is very near to being happy. She enjoys their haphazard existence, never questioning how he lives, never wanting to know the truth. When Stephan is suddenly imprisoned she is left penniless and alone. Taken up by a sophisticated English couple, the Heidlers, who gradually overwhelm her with their own desires, Marya finds her sense of reality slipping further and further away.

My Rating:

First Line:
'It was about half-past five on an October afternoon when Marya Zelli came out of the Cafe Lavenue, which is a dignified and comparatively expensive establishment on the Boulevard du Montparnasse.'  
Pocket-Size Review
I love Jean Rhys and this book captures the 1920's so perfectly and makes you wish you could experience Paris in that time period!
Highs: The feminist undertones, the thought provoking events and the setting and time period.
Lows: Nothing much happens. The characters are quite obtuse and confusing at times and the message isn't always clear.

Review

This book manages to be so many things at once. It has a classy, sophisticated surface and style that seems to mask the desperation and helplessness of the main character, Marya. Set in bohemian Paris in the 1920's, it is filled with images of smoking chorus girls, endless glasses of brandy in seedy bars, eating in restaurants every night and people living decadently in hotels. I loved that aspect of the text as it really evokes the time perfectly and subtly.


However, what is even more striking about this text is the depiction of this world as a dangerous and dark time to be a woman without money or family. You are isolated from the community if you do anything considered to be improper, yet how can you behave properly and make any money? Marya's husband is an enigma from the start, and seems to be untrustworthy and ruthless judging by an early story he tells about how he came to possess a particular antique. When he is imprisoned, Marya is left absolutely destitute and at the mercy of a couple who take her in and impose upon her what they believe is an acceptable way to act, revealing the cruelty that underpinned the 1920's French society.


It is also a feminist novel, showing the helplessness, and perceived helplessness, of women in Marya's situation, of whom there were thousands. Poor and without connections, they could be used by the wealthy for their own pleasure, or by men for certain other pleasures, without any way to protect themselves. Then, if they did act in a way deemed 'unseemly' they were extradited from society and snubbed by anyone who might be able to help them. So what can they do? Become prostitutes? Marya, who finds herself in a similar situation, feels desperately unhappy and depressed, yet can tell no-one of her troubles due to societal convention. It has been argued many times that there is an element of autobiography in this book, as Jean Rhys and Ford Maddox Ford were said to have had an...unconventional arrangement that Rhys grew to be unhappy with, but who knows where art ends and reality begins? It is just a great novel and leaves you with a lot to think about.

Other Thoughts

This Book has Inspired me to Read: Re-Read 'Wide Sargasso Sea' by Jean Rhys
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Three Words to Describe this Book: Classy, Feminist, Uneventful

Friday, 20 April 2012

Follow Friday!



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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Graphic Novel Review: 'Castle Waiting' by Linda Medley



Misty at The Book Rat is currently hosting the awesome Fairy tale Fortnight so I got inspired to do my own fairy tale post!

Castle Waiting Vol.1 
by Linda Medley

Published: May 1st, 2006
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Genre: Graphic Novel
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 472



Wednesday, 18 April 2012

'Waiting on' Wednesday #4!





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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're salivating for.

My "Waiting On" Wednesday selection this week  is...

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Salute Your Shorts: 'The Lepidoctor' by Mick Jackson


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'Salute Your Shorts' is a weekly(ish) meme from Heidi at Bunbury in the Stacks in which we can highlight and review short stories and novellas that we've read.

Short Story: The Lepidoctor by Mick Jackson
From: Ten Sorry Tales

Illustration to go with the story:

Ten Sorry Tales

I really love the collection of short stories by Mick Jackson contained within his book 'Ten Sorry Tales'. What attracted me to the book initially was the Tim Burton-esque feel and the macabre title.I love anything dark and creepy with children dying...which I felt this book would probably deliver! It did not disappoint. It was everything I hoped it would be- morbid and sinister but with good narratives to back it up. 

The Lepidoctor

What It's About...
This story is about a young boy who is quite...unusual. He is an 'unusually cultured fellow' who 'kept an old harmonium on which he would compose his own maudlin lullabies.' He is only about 8 years old. One day he goes to the Houghton Museum and sees a display of butterflies pinned to the wall. In a twist of fate, the same day he discovers a lepidoctor's kit at a junk shop that is used to 'carry out repairs on butterflies' and he knows what he needs to do.

Why I Love It...
To me, it's such a beautiful image. The thought that a little boy can take a butterfly which has been used as 'art' and repair it in his attic is magical to me. I think the image is especially poignant due to the tremendous popularity of Damien Hirst's work in which he uses many preserved animals and animal carcusses as 'art'. I don't know where I stand on that, but I do find it quite creepy that dead things have become fashionable and are seen as 'culture'. A little boy seeing a beautiful butterfly lifeless in a stuffy museum and wanting to resuscitate it is the most natural thing in the world. Young people want to breath new life into things whereas old people want to admire youth and contain it. I also just love the depiction of a 'broken' butterfly; it provides the glorious striking image of a damaged butterfly like a broken watch; intricate and beautifully crafted. The ending of the story also sees the butterflies get their revenge on a butterfly netter, which I really liked because it annoys me when people can't just see the beauty of something in nature and instead have to try and control it and keep it all to themselves...is there anything uglier than antlers on someone's wall or a stuffed bird? Ick.


Book Review: 'A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning' by Lemony Snicket


A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning
by Lemony Snicket

Published: 30th September, 1999
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Children's/ Gothic Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176




Monday, 16 April 2012

Musing Monday!



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'Musing Mondays' is a weekly event where MizB from Should Be Reading will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. 


Today's Musing: 



Sunday, 15 April 2012

In My Mailbox!



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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a where we can let the books we got this week flaunt it. Work it baby. 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Graphic Novel Review: 'Afrika' by Hermann Huppen


Afrika
by Hermann Huppen

Published: March, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel
Format: E-Book
Pages: 64



Friday, 13 April 2012

Friday Find!


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'Friday Finds' is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here, you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased. 

My Find!
Title: Shadow Web
Author: N.M Brown
How I Found it: Second-hand Shop


Why I like the look of it...

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Follow Friday!




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Book Review: 'I am an Executioner: Love Stories' by Rajesh Parameswaran


I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
by Rajesh Parameswaran

Published: 10th April, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Short Stories
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 260



Cover Art

I love this cover. It is what attracted me to the book initially. I love the tiger print and the way the tiger's tail is in the shape of a heart. The first story in the book is written by the tiger so it is also very relevant to the content! And I can appreciate a nice splash of hot pink as much as the next...few people.


Plot Synopsis

In I Am an Executioner, Rajesh Parameswaran introduces us to a cast of heroes—and antiheroes—who spring from his riotous, singular imagination. From the lovesick tiger who narrates the unforgettable opener, “The Infamous Bengal Ming” (he mauls his zookeeper out of affection), to the ex-CompUSA employee who masquerades as a doctor; from a railroad manager in a turn-of-the-century Indian village, to an elephant writing her autobiography; from a woman whose Thanksgiving preparations put her husband to eternal rest, to the newlywed executioner of the title, these characters inhabit a marvelous region between desire and death, playfulness and violence. 

My Rating:


First Lines:
'The one clear thing I can say about Wednesday, the worst and most amazing day of my life, is this: it started out beautifully.'

Review

This book is seriously good. It knows what it's doing and does it with finesse. The author is also a fine executioner, just like the character who provides the title of the book. This author can do a lot with 30 or so pages. The stories reminded me of Roald Dahl's adult short stories...morbid and witty, always with a hint at the sinister and unsettling, and usually with a twist at the end. You can also see that a huge inspiration for this book has been Vladimir Nabokov, as all the stories display some form of unreliable narrator ala Charles Kinbote from Nabokov's 'Pale Fire' (who even gets a mention near the end of the book!) I enjoyed every story (there are nine of them) and each was different and surprising. I will go through each story and describe what really struck me about them, or, in a couple what didn't really work for me. 

1. The Infamous Bengal Ming

The Story: This story is told by the tiger of the cover, who resides in captivity- a life he was born into. His main concerns are his mating partner's aloofness and his intimidation by the alpha male of the cage. Oh, and his unconditional love for the zookeeper who feeds him.

My Thoughts: I found the narrative voice of the tiger really effective. It sounds strange to say that a tiger could pull off a believable character you care about, but it works. The story is simple and heartbreaking and there are moments when the tiger's reckless actions take your breath away and really kick-start your maternal instincts! There is an innocence and naivety about the tiger, who loves his captor unquestioningly and everything he does, although disastrous consequences ensue, was done for the right reasons and out of care or love or fear. What he does after he escapes the zoo is often bloody, brutal and horrifying but you still worry about him and want to protect him because what he does is instinctual not evil, and, to him, beautiful because it equates with his life and his survival.

2. The Strange Career of Dr Raju Gopalarajan

The Story: Gopi Kumar moves himself, and his reluctant wife Manju, from India to the USA. Gopi is a confirmed trickster and fraudster, having previously impersonated a police officer to move on some traffic outside their window. Having always wanted to be a doctor, Gopi decides to fulfill the ultimate American Dream and make himself one...


My Thoughts: This was a really interesting story which sees Gopi's self-awarded doctorate put to some grotesque, and harmful, uses. The narrative describing how he collects his patients (largely immigrants who can't afford the American health-care system) in bus stops and happily cuts them is gripping. The story is underpinned by Gopi's relationship with his wife which is very moving. They rarely communicate or have sex. She describes him as flaring up with passion and enthusiasm when he's excited about something but it soon dies down when he's bored. I think most couples can relate. Gopi's hopes, dreams and aspirations are built on shoddy foundations and he drags his wife along for the ride...resulting in sorrow for them both.


3. Four Rajeshes


The Story: This story is written as though a man is looking at an old photograph of an unknown man, and it is inspiring him to write a story about him. However, the imaginary photo-man interjects in the  narrative too! The photo-man/narrator is the manager of a train station and employs a strange youth who proves to be more sinister and trouble-making than he ever expected. 


My Thoughts: This story had me less gripped than the first two but I still really enjoyed it. I really liked the way the imaginary man from the photo, who provided the muse for this story, kept butting in to claim the author had got things wrong and was making him look stupid or perverted! The author portrays him as committing homosexual affairs behind his fiance's back...which he highly disapproves of. The man he employs (named R) is a really fascinating character too- you're never quite sure if he is a sinister and creepy boy on the verge of madness (as the narrator paints him) or if he is a misunderstood genius and it is the narrator who is the strange one. The ending surprised me!

4. I Am An Executioner

The Story: This one is about a man whose occupation as an executioner becomes a barrier between himself and his new wife. Particularly when a young girl arrives at Death Row.

My Thoughts: I ADORED this story. It was so gorgeously written and had so many layers. The executioner hangs and stones people to death with such a detached manner that it becomes horribly disturbing to read.  He befriends the people who find themselves on Death Row and can't understand why they cry and plead and beg him for their lives when their time comes. It's not his concern. He just wants a light-hearted chat and to maybe share a beer. We get flashes of his insanity; the way he disregards these pleas of the friends he has made, his evaluation by a psychologist as deeply disturbed, the strange and unexplained horrible event that happened to his first wife at his hand. He has acquired his new wife through a dating website, where it becomes apparent he has lied about his job, age, looks and height to secure her. She sits all day in filthy clothes and abject depression. His unwanted physical advances made my skin crawl. The ending had me in tears.

5. Demons

The Story: An wife in surburbia sits in her living room with her husband's dead body at her feet. She continues as normal, until the guilt of 'did she/ didn't she' leads her to remember her past. 

My Thoughts: This was another story which didn't hold my interest as well as the others. I found it a little tedious. Again, it is narrated by the wife who is an unreliable narrator, and we get flashes of her not-so rational behaviour towards her daughter and her daughter's roommate. It's like Henry James's 'The Turn of the Screw'...did she kill him or is she mad? You want to find out, but I found the explanation unsatisfactory.

6. Narrative of Agent 97-4702

The Story: The narrator is part of the Agency which, from what I could gather, is a kind of surveillance organisation which enrols people secretly and then gets them to spy on other people who are subject to investigation. It's a Fight Club thing; no one talks about the Agency and no one knows who else is in it. I'm pretty sure that this takes place in a dystopian future too. The story takes the form of a confession that te narrator is submitting, admitting to accessing unauthorized information on the person she has been surveying.

My Thoughts: This story was very interesting in the way that the narrator was so cold and detached towards the people she was meticulouly following and writing reports on all day long. The notes she makes are so detailed, down to the tiniest gestures he makes, to what he says to his wife each morning and in what tone. It seems as though the narrator has been trained to be emotionless and not become emotionally involved with the subjects of the investigations, to the point where she even stages a four year relationship with one just to spy on him more thoroughly. I read it aloud to my boyfriend and I think that made the narrative seem even more stilted and unnatural, which I loved because it fit the character so perfectly. I found it gripping and, as the story went on and she becomes more and more disallusioned about the Agency and its implications and wanting to find out more about it, I felt the same.

7. Bibhutibhushan Mallik's Final Storyboard


The Story: Bibhutibhushan Mallik is the production designer for famous film director Jogesh Sen. And he is also having an affair with Sen's wife. His dream is to direct his own film and move with Sen's wife to NYC, but things start to unravel AFTER he gets his big break.


My Thoughts: I liked this story, but didn't love it. The narrative is from Mallik's perspective and you become aware that you're not entirely sure why Sen's wife is having this affair. She seems reluctant to return his advances and you're fairly sure she never really wants to leave her husband. Why then? The ending also really confused me. I liked the story of how Sen became a renowned film director and the descriptions of the film sets etc because imagining these two young guys in India filming boys in trees and tying cameras to the backs of wagons was really cool. It was quite obvious that Sen was the real genius of the operation and Mallik only thought he was...and it is always compelling to hear the point of view of a seriously deluded character!


8. Elephants in Captivity (Part One)


The Story: A difficult one to explain, but basically the narrator is watching some elephants in a circus and imagining how they came to be there, which he can do easily as he believes he can communicate with them. The elephant who tells him the story (through her written autobiography) is called Shanti, who was the daughter of the old herd leader Amuta. However, to make things even more complicated there are extensive footnotes on every page of Shinta's narrative, with backstory about how Amuta came to be the pack leader and her betrayal of the previous leader Ania told in a Shakespearean or Revenge Tragedy style. There are also footnotes relating to the narrator's own life and his family's history of suicide, and his own resemblance to an elephant and how that may have occurred. 


My Thoughts: This was my favourite story of all- it is just brilliant. At first I was a bit put off by the footnotes; I usually love footnotes and unusually shaped narratives but there were so many of them and so long! However, as soon as I got to the dialogue between Amuta and Ania I was absolutely hooked. I loved the way it was in the style of a Revenge Tragedy and how the elephants had these huge soliloquies and Aside's, as that is really how I imagine elephants talking! They are very wise and regal animals, with a hint of ancientness about them too, which the dialogue reflected nicely. The narrator's story is also interesting; his parents died in a car accident... in that they accidentally sat in their car in a closed garage with the motor running, clasping hands. Hmm! He is obviously a very deluded and quite deranged narrator, and I was so excited when he referred to Charles Kinbote from Nabokov's 'Pale Fire' as I had long been thinking whilst reading the other stories that Parameswaran must have been influenced by Naokov. Charles Kinbote is an incredibly strange and complicated narrator, who is both a literary creation and not, which is the same with the narrator of this story. Both stories are brilliant and I highly recommend reading this if you like unusually structured stories with questionable narrators! Metafiction at its best!


9. On the Banks of Table River (Planet Lucina, Andromeda Galaxy, AD 2319)


The Story: As the title suggests, this story is set on another planet in the future. Humans have occupied it and live alongside the native 'beings' who have many legs and feelers. The narrator, Thoren,  is one of the beings, and he has a daughter, Nippima. He has a fraught relationship with her due to her interest in humans and her recent job of giving them tours of the planet. However, her actions may be a lot worse than even he thought possible.


My Thoughts: I was dubious about the title as I am not really into Sci-Fi but this story is so brilliant that I quickly forgot all that! I loved the characters and the way the aliens had such a distinctive voice and customs. There are parallels with humans, such as Thoren's teenage daughter, insead of shrugging at him constantly, 'twitched her feelers indifferently- an irritating gesture'. I loved this as it not only showed familiar gestures in a new light but also showed how human customs and gestures were perhaps infiltrating the new planet. Humans seem to treat the planet either as a holiday camp or a science experiment, which makes you sympathise more with the aliens than the humans...in an Avatar kinda way! The main part that will stick in your head is the mating ritual of the aliens. I imagined it as two praying mantis's fighting to the death...it is a horrific and brilliant description and was my favourite part of the story.


Overall, I loved this book of short stories. Most of them were fantastic and even the stories I found less interesting had amazing ideas behind them. I know I will definitely be re-reading some of them in the future; particularly the last two as Parameswaran's writing is beautiful and his ideas are flawless. I am a huge fan of an unreliable narrator, and if you are too you really need to read this book.

Other Thoughts

This Book has Inspired me to Read: Re-read 'Pale Fire' by Vladimir Nabokov.

Three Words to Describe this Book: Gripping. Moving. Thought-Provoking.