It’s that time again! Today I have a special treat – two reviews for the price of one post. I believe it suits the festive snowy vibe that has recently come over this blog….actually, the snow is a feeble attempt to hit back at the disgusting heat we are experiencing in my neck of the shelf at the moment. Oh, Summer, why do you torment us so?
But! To business! My first musings centre around an extraordinary and engaging tome, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller, by Italo Calvino. This strange reading experience is certainly like nothing I have ever read and follows the story of you, the Reader, who on picking up a novel – in fact, this very novel! – at the bookstore, find an error in your copy. The story centres around your attempts to track down a clean copy of the novel, and takes you on a wild goose chase across a wide range of genres.
Read it if:
- you enjoy books that require you to forget the outside world and focus your attention solely on the world of the text
- you get excited about thick, complex prose that flows around you like golden syrup over pancakes
- you don’t mind being deliberately disrupted just when the story gets interesting
This was a very different, interesting reading experience, although I did find it required a large amount of my concentration. On the plus side, it is definitely a book that can be picked up and put down without fear of losing one’s place, and as such may best suit the reader who has several books on the go at once.
Book number two is a sweet little (literally, little!) tale of a young lad who is a hero in his own lunch hour (or bedtime, as the case may be), The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey.
Read it if:
- you have ever wanted to don a cape and mask and secretly set the world to rights
- you have a pet that has ever embarrassed you at a key social moment
- you’ve ever experienced the guilt of accidentally doing the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing
- you believe in the healing properties of amber…and friendship
This is a fantastic and short read – I snuck a peek at it while my fleshling owner was busy tending to the youngling’s bath and managed to finish it before they had finished! It’s also beautifully illustrated, which adds an extra touch of luxury to the look of the tome. This one is definitely worth a look.
Until next time,