Delicious prose and setting, biting satire. This book deserves the accolades it's been given!
Giving this a pick because I love the world!
I really liked this book - delicious, thoughtful, and not mean-spirited. I've read that some think of this as more of a YA read, but to me this straightforward little tale wouldn't make as much sense to someone without a little more living under their belt. Just my two cents. ✌
So, I was looking up Matt Haig at the bookstore today - he has a book releasing in the States in October that's going to be a movie. Anyway, I wanted to see what we had in and found we've had this interesting little gem on our shelves since 2009. I picked it up out of curiosity and so far I'd have to say it's an addictive, clever read, and altogether unfussy. I'm intrigued.
I'm going to be thinking about this one for a while. I'm tempted to reread it now, but I need to let Lahiri's thoughts soak through my own, really. This book is about about identity, about creativity, about the place of self in the creative process. It's not going to be for everyone. It's beautiful and incredibly personal, and I treasure having read it.
Loved the 1st and 3rd story, but the 2nd and 4th struggled with some of the same issues. Hill can revert to the sensational/the emotive to forward plot, weakening what he writes. I wanted to love this, and I did love half of it. But the trust issues Hill has with his reader's intelligence, coupled with some shallow and insensitive character development in the two less successful stories mean I'm probably done with reading him for a good while.
This is a good yarn, both sensitive to the age of its likely reader and unwilling to bend away from the truth of itself. It's an unflinching, dark dystopic tale, and a great first novel for Forde. I look forward to recommending it to middle school readers who want a followup to the Hunger Games series.
What a marvelous, unusual, transformative book. Definitely on my top five this year. I wish I had read it when I was an emerging adult. I'd like to think it would have shattered my world, in a good way. The structure is unique, but interweaving - I don't want to say more for fear of giving things away. It's a great YA read, with a lot of crossover appeal.
@Clare_Riley Ran across your post about George Saunders's signature...we got a box of signed books into @SundogBooks - the one you were reading looks signed to me. 😊 Check out the way this one turned out! 😅
Chaotic, imperfectly copy-edited, foul-mouthed amaze-sauce. Perfect for certain breeds of learning writers. I'll be back to dip into this one.
Paean seems too strong a word for such a gentle book. Insomniac City is a memoir in search of celebration - which it finds. Little flecks of recollection and adoration for lost beloveds and a city which sleeps restlessly (just like Bill Hayes). Read this and fall in love.
Sharp-witted, sharp-eyed satire. Saunders has an amazing imagination. A great read, but not if you need to be in your happy place.
My company at the car repairshop. Yikes. At least the company is good news. 😵
Great world building, interesting characters, rushed ending. Will recommend to my YA readers and fellow traveler adults, but am a little sad the end was so obviously compressed for book two. OTOH this feels like a emerging writer issue and I look forward to reading Ms. Chupeco's next book.
A novel conceived in and powered by intellect, but emotionally detached. I feel as though Cora was an intellectual tool - versus a character the author was attached to - and it shows. Any book that sparks serious cultural dialogue in this manner is important, but the story reveals itself as an ends to this means, and not a journey to any place in particular.
Ultimately, Octavia Butler did it first, and did better.