Love Monkey: A Novel

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The Golem and the Djinni is out on 15 th August. A big thank you goes to HarperCollins for providing me with a copy for review. Before F. Clearly Paris was definitely the place to be for writers and artists of all kinds in the s, and both novels will make you want to do nothing more than jump back in time and go to a party until the wee hours of the morning, sipping cocktails and dancing away with these fascinating people. Scott Fitzgerald was, where he came from, how he found his ideas, and what his peers thought of him at the time. But actually, what you end up discovering is that Zelda herself makes for a very fascinating person in her own right, and I almost found myself more interested in her life at times.

To watch this small town girl invest so much of her heart, dreams, and time in this one man who she married much to the disapproval of her entire family, is just incredible. But Zelda is full to the brim with personality and sass and she knows that she wants to make something of herself without Scott. Zelda goes down all sorts of paths, from ballet and acting, to painting and writing, but she never quite achieves the success she dreams of. Most people, who know anything of Zelda, know that she ended up being diagnosed with schizophrenia and admitted into a sanatorium, and I expected the novel to focus much more on this than it did.

I felt certain aspects were rushed, and I feel like I would have loved a slightly deeper insight into their marriage. A lot of the passages focus on the parties and other writers and artists that they met in Paris, which of course is fascinating, but sometimes feels a little bit like name-dropping for the sake of it. However, this is a fascinating novel to read and one which gives you a truly fascinating and exciting glimpse into what it was like to be alive in the s Jazz Age, and most importantly, what it was like to be married to F.

Scott Fitzgerald! But underneath it all, was undoubtedly a raw and honest love for each other that neither one could escape. One Sunday in , thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts learns that his mother has been the victim of a brutal attack by a man on their North Dakota reservation. Or so he hopes. She is one of those writers whose language is full of symbols and a deeper meaning, and she gets to the heart of her characters in a way I rarely see these days.

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Louise is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and her novels focus on the cultural identity of Native Americans, both in the past and in the present day. Although I can safely say The Round House as a whole is a fantastic novel, the first fifty pages or so are especially harrowing and unforgettable.

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To watch Joe come to terms with his mother being so violently attacked and become a shell of her former self is really poignantly depicted. There were moments when I was right there with him, and feeling a loss of someone he will never know again, because after an attack like that, how can you ever be the person you were before? We know that the attack happened on the land surrounding the ceremonial Round House, but because parts of the area belongs to state, federal and native territories, each with their own laws, it is impossible to prosecute anyone for the attack.

It seems incredibly important for Erdrich to bring this to light to so many readers out there. But what these ridiculous laws mean is that people will take it into their own hands, and who are we to blame them? The Round House is an incredible novel and I know that not everyone is as interested in the Native American culture as I am, but I would seriously urge you all to read it. Despite the harrowing subject matter, there is still a lot of joy and warmth to be seen within its cast of often wacky characters, and a lot of moments where I found myself laughing out loud.

A massive thank you goes to the publisher for sending me a beautiful finished copy for review! I apologise for the lack of warning for this and for neglecting you all! I have recently moved and changed jobs! Please do leave comments and update me with the rest of you have been reading and enjoying lately! I feel slightly out of the blogging loop. This brilliantly crafted narrative — part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Torro, part William Burroughs — follows the boys from their star-crossed adolescences to their haunted adulthoods.

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Having left the spirit world and returned to the human world, Ewan and Colby discover that the creatures from this previous life have not forgotten them, and that fate can never be sidestepped. If you follow my blog at all then you probably already know I am always taken in by a beautiful book cover, and Dreams and Shadows is no exception here. In all fairness, it did take me a little while to get into this book, mainly because from the opening pages you are introduced to a number of different mythical creatures that I had never heard of, and found a little hard to imagine.

Cargill introduces you to the likes of the redcaps, small fairies who must kill in order to keep their hats red and wet with blood to give them energy or they will die nixies water spirits ready to drown you in an instant the Leanan Sidhe beautiful women who take humans as lovers , and of course the almost faithful djinn otherwise known as a genie.

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You may think a novel about fairies would be pretty tame in the grand scheme of things, but make no mistake, Cargill does not hold back on his violence here. There are some rather gruesome scenes when creatures from hell come to play, making this definitely not a story for the faint of heart, or younger readers. This is not your average bed time fairy tale. Dreams and Shadows is released on 28th February, published by Gollancz.


A big thank you goes to the publisher for providing me with an early review copy. Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia. Her American dream is shattered time and again: a husband who lies and cheats and nine children raised in a cramped little house that was only ever supposed to be temporary. She keeps the children alive with sheer will and not an ounce of the affection they crave. You may have heard of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie already, what with the rave reviews its already garnered from various journalists and writers, and I can honestly say; quite deservedly so.

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What struck me from the very first page is the wonderful quality of writing that shines through an otherwise heart-breaking story. I was almost surprised to find some rather negative reviews online, particularly regarding the narrative style of the book. For me, each child took me back to Hattie and the hardships life dealt her. Everyone is connected and for me this style was a wonderful way to see how each child becomes their own person in a very large family, and how Hattie loves each one of them differently, but no less. If I could criticise this novel in any way it would only be to say that I felt the last few chapters, set in 80s America, felt a little less meaningful than the rest of the novel.

They were still well written, but not quite up to the high standards presented earlier in the book. I really adored this book. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. Trust me when I say Ayana Mathis is definitely an author to look out for. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is out now, published by Hutchinson.

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Oh, poor Mom, poor Mom. The grandfather sometimes thinks of the child as his unhappy love affair. Prose is sensitive to age: its frustrations for the old, who have attained it; for the children, who yearn for its advantages and power; for all those who see it slipping meaninglessly past. No one is spared her satirical eye, but even more revealing is the gentle gaze of empathy she affords every character.

The characters watch one another with the awareness and wary concentration of actors, and the theater references come quickly, easily, the way 19th-century writers tossed off quotations from the Bible. Mister Monkey, that evolutionary evidence of our past, is also Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god who can see into the future. A version of this article appears in print on , Page 1 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline: Monkey in the Business.