literary fiction

Slade House – David Mitchell

28953095Title: Slade House
 
Author: David Mitchell
 
Genre: Horror
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5
 
 

Synopsis: Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

 
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What I thought about the book: This book sounds so creepy, right?… Well, it’s a little bit meh. It certainly has it’s creepy moments but with the story broken up into a cycle of decades, I felt like I was reading a prologue over and over again. The story only really takes off near the end and then it was really interesting (bit late by then though!).
I found out after reading that this book is set in the same world as The Bone Clocks which I haven’t read. I enjoyed this one enough to get The Bone Clocks, it seems to be a bit more popular (by a bit, I mean double readership).
 
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My Rating: 
3 paws

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Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

14800528Title: Far From the Madding Crowd
 
Author: Thomas Hardy
 
Genre: Classic Romance
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.91/5
 
 
Synopsis: Hardy’s powerful novel of swift sexual passion and slow-burning loyalty centres on Bathsheba Everdene, a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men – respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel – making her the object of scandal and betrayal. Vividly portraying the superstitions and traditions of a small rural community, “Far from the Madding Crowd” shows the precarious position of a woman in a man’s world.
 
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What I thought about the book: I really enjoyed this though I did have a few issues with Bathsheba’s character. She was just a little too proud for me, it got a bit annoying. Overall the story was great. I love the slow burning romance and the cataclysmic repercussions to people’s actions.
I may do a full review (with spoilers) for this one…
 
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My Rating:
4 paws

March Book Haul

Bought way more than usual this month! I discovered Wordsworth Classics editions which are only €3 each in Vibes & Scribes and Easons and bought a bunch. Got a few kindle books and audiobooks online as well. Amazingly this month I didn’t go crazy on the BookBub freebies like I usually do…

Paperbacks

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Ebooks

 

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Audiobooks

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ARC

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