Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Five Books that Got Better

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Some books are a slog at the start. Maybe it's the oceans of exposition you have to wade through to get to the story. Maybe it's the protagonist's endless whining. Maybe it's the instalove that's there from the very first page. But then, something changes. The plot gets going, the protagonist grows up, the romance turns out to be adorable regardless of how it started. Whatever it is, it saves the novel. The first time you put it down, you didn't want to pick it up again. Now, you can't tear your eyes away. For me, these five novels were like that.

1. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

First, there was Deirdre and her inexplicable need to cry or vomit in reaction to everything, and then there was Luke. I hated Luke. That said, I loved the fairies. You wouldn't find these fairies in a Disney film... By the time I got to the climax, I didn't want to put it down.

You can read my review here

2. Transmission by Hari Kunzru

Behold, an enjoyable coursebook.

(It's a unicorn!)

Transmission is quite confusing when it starts out, because it follows three different characters along three different plotlines that eventually converge. This is the story of a computer virus and how it changes three very different lives.

You can read my review here.

3. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

A love triangle where one of the love interests was the boyfriend of the protagonist's dead sister? Why? Later, it would delve deeper into Lennie's grief. For me, that was the interesting part.

You can read my review here. 

4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

At first, Merricat's voice seems a little odd, but it'll draw you in. Come on, come look at the skeletons in the Blackwood family's closet.
You can read my review here.

5. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This is an odd one in that the book itself didn't actually improve. It's after reading it that my opinion changed. I grew to like Tess, who on reflection is much braver than I gave her credit for whilst reading it. She's a very independent heroine.

(It's also great rant material.)

Oh, well that goes without saying. 

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