Wonderland

Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo 
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction

…the central importance of an unheard chord, the chord that is never played, that chord that happens after the music ends. How had I missed it for so long? It’s the sound you don’t quite hear, the reversion coming off the top or the side or the edges of a note. Not a silence but a potential sound, a space exactly the shape of what the sound is about to be. Invisible, inaudible, and yet revelatory, what finishes and composes the sequence retrospectively; you discover that it was all going in the end, to the chord that isn’t heard but is only anticipated. Which is to say the last chord happens in the mind of the listener, as he is remembering a sound which in reality he has never heard before. The unheard chord feels like, must feel like, a memory.

Oh boy. I apologize about the book dump I’m about to do. 😉 

This is a fictional account about a washed up rockstar and her lifestyle. After hitting it hard in her younger days, she decides to comeback with a force of reckoning. Her finale. Beautifully written in the form of what is almost music, we take a trip through Europe and the mind of a very sad, deranged woman whose life of drugs, sex and music defined her career. 

I liked this book and found it beautifully written. It was a bit hard to follow at first but for the most part, highly readable. You draw connected to the MC and the cast of shadows that is her past as she tries to remeber who she is and where the music lies.

Recommended to fans of music bios (though fiction) or if you just want a dark good read.

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The Necromancer

Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

☆☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction
Best Read 2016

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Yes! Yes, technically I am a Necromancer. But I’m not one of those foolish people who take up residence in cemeteries so that they can raise an army of  dead. Have you SEEN an army of the dead? They’re more expensive than a living one, and far less use…I want to defy death. I want to…well, for want of a better word, cure it.

Oh this book was brilliant and is probably one of the BEST books I’ve read so far this year. It was wonderfully witty and came off as a Gaiman/Pratchett/Little Nicky piece which in thought, is absolutely brilliant.

Johannes Cabal is a Necromancer. He traded his soul to Satan to gain powers in necromancy, but alas, having no soul is effecting his research. So he decides to make another deal with him. 100 souls in a year and he can have his soul back. The catch? He has to do it using a Carnival and a budget. He frees his vampire brother, Horst, from a crypt he had left him 8 years prior and they take to the rails as ‘The World Renowned Cabal Brothers Carnival.’ Along the way, they meet an assortment of odd characters and Horst has to keep his brother in check, lest he loses his humanity.

I don’t hate death. It’s not a person. There’s no grim skeletal figure with a scythe. I try to avoid hating abstracts. It’s a waste of effort.

Never discuss murder plans with the victim, he reminded himself. It takes all the spontaneity out of it.

I loved, loved, loved loved this book. It was quite wordy but deliciously so. And hilarious. It had the tone of a Pratchett novel (wit, sarcasm, etc) while posing morality in the face of evil. Johannes isn’t a very good Necromancer but his heart is in the right place. And his brother is absolutely delightful.

I highly recommend this book. 😀

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Beastkeeper

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Just Because Book
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy

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You can’t make someone fall in love with you. I should know. And this is where the storytellers write their own sugary versions of the truth. A pack of lies until they reach ‘The End’. But no story ever comes to an end, at least not one so neat. There are voices silenced, characters erased at the storytellers whim…They do not tell you what happens when the children have eaten their way through the witches treasures and face another starveling winter, when the glass slipper no longer fits the crone’s swollen foot. When the beauty doesn’t fall in love with her beastly prince.

Oh this was a good. A rare random grab and an odd spin on fairy tales and curses. This one is a strange retelling of beauty and the Beast but the beast isn’t who you’d expect. And the curse is well explained as is the magic. A young girl named Sarah is faced with family truths after her mother suddenly disappears and her father drops her off at her grandparents castle. Mystery unfolds in the forest as she looks for answers.

This book was beautifully written without being bogged down. And it was a fairly quick read. I recommend it to lovers of fairy tales. 🙂

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