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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Dec. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ETKDGE
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How do I even explain? Let's give it a go: The story is narrated by B.B., a loner who spends most of his time on the internet either writing his own personal diary and telling the story of his life as he sees it and also writing fic (stories) on his badguysrock.com - a website that he created himself and attracts a whole array of misfits with their own problems. What is apparant from very early on is that B.B. had a particularly unconventional childhood with a very bizarre family around him. Switching between his private journal and the fiction he writes on badguysrock, we get to see B.B's life played out before us in all its murderous glory.
Sounds simple enough, right? The thing is, I just didn't get it. I read somewhere, before I picked this book up, that Harris started writing this and had no idea where it was going and how it would end up, and I'm afraid to say that that is the same feeling I got while reading it. I didn't get any sense of a plot or purpose for much of it and at times it felt like I was watching someone vent their spleen about.....well, everything. It felt cynical, dark and even bitter but even then I got the sense of it being on the part of the author more than the protagonist.
There were other characters in this book, one of whom - Albertine - also shares her diary entries with us and they give this books some of the unexpected twists that appear more towards the end.Read more ›
Posted at: 23:11 on Thursday 8
Listening to: Frankie Schubert and the Poxboys : String Quintet in C
This is a flawed but nonetheless compelling psychological novel. It is too long and has the potential to lose its readers. But for those who persevere through its heartbreak hill the home stretch is worth it.
On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog - but they would do well to suspect it. Harris relates her story through the postings of two unreliable narrators on the badguysrock website, In keeping with the general ambiguity of the book, "rock" may be either a noun or a verb. Both protagonists are damaged from their childhoods. Blueeyedboy is fortysomething and lives at home with his Ma; Albertine is slightly younger and has known BB all her life. Neither is who they seem. Their web entries are either "restricted" in which case they are private journal entries that seem to be truthful, or "public " in which case they are likely to be fantasies or works of fiction ("fics") posted to entertain other members of the web community. A Greek chorus of the latter appears at the end of these entries essentially to grade them, for example: "chrysalisbaby: wish I could be there too (cries)." Fortunately these web-props are not very obtrusive and the chapters themselves are written not in trnk8d txtspk but in old-fashioned, long-hand literary prose.
In her commentary on the novel (see the author's website), Joanne Harris discusses her fascination with how many people now find their real "communities" in the virtual rather than the real world.Read more ›
'blueeyedboy' has the ring of dark truth for anyone who spends time social networking. It also seems like a natural extension of the styles she has explored in 'Gentlemen & Players' and before that, in 'Sleep, Pale Sister'. It's a cautionary and very modern story with killer twists, and if it appears to involve characters who seem motivated by something more cynical than usual, it's because the baroque formalities of the blogosphere can hide a multitude of sins. This one deserves to encourage readers who may only have explored her France- set fiction.
Users of blogging sites or social media (face it, that's all of us) should enjoy this tale with its slick, twisted depiction of virtual lives, where nobody is exactly who they seem to be, and even the evidence of the senses cannot be relied on. The author is mistress of her craft in an age where almost everyone behind a keyboard considers themself a writer, and the rest are unrelenting critics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its ok, I'm keeping going with it but I'm not really finding it enjoyable.Published 7 days ago by rainy
I love Joanna Harris' work and have read all her books. I am a big fan usually but I cannot get into this book at all. Read morePublished 13 days ago by sly1
Do yourself a favour, don't read this. It's a tricksy hateful mess. It draws you in interestingly, but you lose all patience with it from the first revelation on, and as for the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by terence dooley
Disappointed with this - didn't finish it which is extremely rare for me. Felt no engagement with characters.Published 1 month ago by ann thompson and derek johnson
Very strange. It took me most of the book before I understood the plot. I think it was because it was based on computers.Published 1 month ago by K.M. Gregory
A story superbly told with a brilliant, totally unexpected, twist at the end. Made my blood run cold!Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Joyce Jones
I didn't enjoy this book as some of her others. I found this book a bit confusing. I think I may have to try and read it again sometime to try and understand it!Published 5 months ago by Angela & George
I think Joanne Harris has been spending too much time on live journal, lol.Published 6 months ago by Rachel