Monday, 23 April 2012
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Wendy Everly has always felt different. At her sixth birthday party, after throwing yet another tantrum, her mother tried to kill her, all while screaming that she wasn't her daughter. Now seventeen, and at yet another new school, Wendy can't help but notice the boy in class who has been staring at her. Little does she know that he is about to reveal her true identity.
Plot wise, after the first few chapters nothing really happens. For me the majority of the book is an introduction, and you'd think this would be a bad, no? Well it isn't. There's plenty of potential for the next two books, and because everything has practically been established in Switched, it should allow for more development without a re-hash of what has already been described.
What also saved Switched for me was the short story included in my edition about the Vittra family. I found those 20+ pages to be filled with characters who were complex and intriguing and had me slightly wishing that the whole book had been told from their perspective.
I think I had set out not to like Switched, but, I found there was enough to keep me happy and more than plenty for me to discuss once I had finished
Friday, 20 April 2012
Stephen King can never be accused of minimalism. This can sometimes be of a detriment to his novels, as I found the first third of Bag of Bones to be superfluous. However, once Mike Noonan finally gets to Sara Laughs, the story described by blurb begins and it’s definitely worth the dredge through 200 pages of whinging. Once I'd passed this point, I couldn't put the book down.
Creepy and atmospheric in all the right places, this is King at his best. Bag of Bones has a solid story and complex characters to boot. King manages to provide an explanation for all the right parts, but others bits, that have no need to be explained, are left to sit in the readers mind. For me, it can’t compete with ‘Salem’s Lot, but I would still recommend Bag of Bones.