Saturday, 29 December 2012

December Reads.

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The Enemy, Charlie Higson (2008)
The Enemy is set in a version of London where the majority of adults have been infected by a mystery illness causing them to become zombie-like and the children have been left to survive on their own.
The main issue I had with this book was the characters, there are just so many that its difficult to get to know any one of them in depth. The book is not narrated from one character's point of view either making it more difficult to immerse yourself in their world. There was a fair bit going on in terms of fighting against the 'grown-ups' but for the most part I somehow still found I wasn't enjoying it. I don't think I will pick up the next book in the series as the characters just aren't selling it to me but I am slightly interested to see what the general set up was leading to as not much about the mystery illness is revealed in this first installment. 2/5

What's Left Of Me, Kat Zhang (2012) 
Set in an alternative version of the present rather than a dystopian vision of the future What's Left Of Me tells the story of Eva and Addie; two souls trapped in the same body. The girls live in a version of our world where everybody is born with two souls but over time one is supposed to fade away however in their case never happened leaving them an illegal hybrid trying to keep the truth a secret. The premise is fairly unique, at least to me, but the plot still became increasingly predictable as it went along. In addition to this there wasn't an awful lot of world-building, I'm assuming that this is because more will be revealed in the following two books but it did leave a lot of unanswered questions like why hybrids were considered so dangerous in the US but evidently not the rest of the world? Similarly to The Enemy I didn't find myself particularly invested in the characters or their story. Even reading a story led by a hybrid with two personalities I still didn't particularly like either of them! It was definitely an interesting idea to have the non-dominant of the two souls, who doesn't control the body or speech, to be the narrator but unfortunately even that concept wasn't enough to make the plot and writing style more enjoyable. At the moment its looking very unlikely that I will read the next book in the series. 2.5/5

Global Model Village, Slinkachu (2012)
Global Model Village showcases pieces by British artist Slinkachu who creates miniature scenes within various locations around the world using small models alongside everyday objects. The book has an beautiful layout where a full view of the artwork’s location is shown on one page followed by a close up of the artwork on the next. The close up photographs highlight the great amount of time and effort that has gone into creating the detail of not just the works themselves but also the photography. The subjects of the different artworks ranged from the humorous to the thought-provoking set amongst a vast variety of landscapes. Although I did enjoy the imagery and ideas throughout the book I would have liked to have seen a little more text included as I wanted to know how the stories behind each piece originated. Overall this is a great book for creatives and artists to find inspiration and would be a nice addition to any collection. 3/5 *Review of an eARC c/o Netgalley

Also reviewed this month:
- Candor, Pam Bachorz (2009) - click here for review

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