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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!, 29 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: The Silent Land (Kindle Edition)
The Silent Land
Zoe and Jake are on a skiing holiday and survive an avalanche whilst out on the slopes. When they emerge from the snow, the resort is completely deserted....
I started reading The Silent Land just as the first thick blanket of snow fell here which felt weirdly like the story was seeping into real life! But the writing is so good that even if it had been the middle of summer, the characters and story would have been alive and kicking in between reads.
I felt the narrative was unique in that it appeared to have relentless pace and tension, yet the story alternated between slow swathes of time where Zoe and Jake seemed to have all the time in the world to enjoy their surroundings to sudden key strange happenings and shifts in their environment and concepts of reality and time. Throughout it all Joyce's enviable storytelling skills somehow make it all so believable.
His language is poetic and wonderfully descriptive, such that although I have never been skiing, I could imagine perfectly the beauty and appeal of the setting. His portrayal of Zoe and Jake's love is so touching and effective, without ever becoming sentimental.
The Silent Land is above love, loss and the way we choose to live our lives. Joyce manages to touch the reader on a level where you start to think about your own life and values. The story and characters stay firmly in the reader's mind after it is finished, leaving you to interpret and mull over the gripping final scenes repeatedly. I really did not want it to get to the final page and would thoroughly recommend the book without reservation.
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2010 21:03:41 GMT
Caro says:
Graham Joyce is one of my favourite authors. I'm really looking forward to this when it comes out in paperback. The kindle edition is too expensive and I have no space left for a hardback!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2010 22:15:40 GMT
Kim Slater says:
It's well worth making the space for the hardback! ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2010 09:25:41 GMT
I Readalot says:
I agree, it is definitely worth making room for the hardback. Incidentally have you noticed that the 3 of us that have reviewed this book have all received an unhelpful vote? Can't speak for my own but I can't see why yours and the other one have been marked unhelpful, far from it.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2010 08:49:46 GMT
Kim Slater says:
Yes, I had noticed the unhelpful vote on all our reviews. Perplexing. So easy for people with hidden agendas to sabotage genuine Amazon reviews unfortunately.
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