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I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars Great as a beach read, 1 Aug 2014
Great as a beach read, and lots of fun plot wise. But the characterisation is weak. The central figure never begins to come alive, he's just a series of clichéd attributes ("damaged", wry, embittered, basically decent, etc etc). And he remains wooden because the author always tells, but never shows. So there's acres of tortuous backstory, and the inevitable difficult childhood, but nothing in the present moment, let alone the dialogue, tells us anything about him; we just get more and more of that loner, tough-guy posturing. So don't expect Le Carré or Thomas Harris. But it'll get you through an Easyjet flight.
The Following Girls by Louise Levene
The Following Girls by Louise Levene
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage kicks., 14 Feb 2014
Louise Levene's third novel is a rare pleasure. Beautifully and touchingly written, funny and bittersweet. The author elucidates the dynamics of teenage friendship with particular sensitivity, and her heroine, Amanda, is a delight.
Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Age&hellip by Catherine Mayer
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Having read this book, which nails a very contemporary phenomenon with wit, compassion and accuracy, I am wholly bemused by Padraig's review. In Amortality, Mayer has spliced a number of easily recognisable tendencies - eternal teenagerdom, cosmetic enhancement, me-centredness, fear of death - into a enlightening thesis. To examine the age in which you live with this kind of detachment is not easy, and Meyer freely admits that she is as susceptible as the rest of us to the lure of amortality. But self-knowledge can be passed on, and Meyer does this with warmth and elegance. Enjoy!