Tuesday 21 June 2011

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should be Reading.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers
My Teaser:
Professor Gottesman's legs grew weak under him. He groped blindly for a chair, found it, fell into it,his face white and freezing cold.
~p. 27, 'The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche' by Peter S. Beagle.

Sunday 19 June 2011

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Title:               The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author:           Patrick Ness
ISBN:             978-1-4063-1025-2
Publisher:       Walker Books
Published:       2008
Age Group:     Young Adult


Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

My Thoughts:

It didn't take long for this suspenseful novel to grab me. I found myself being whisked away and left blind to my surroundings, unable to predict the twists and turns that lay ahead. It was an emotional read and not for the faint of heart. It made me laugh, it made me want to cry, it made me angry and it filled me with hope. It is jam-packed with action, murder, violence, betrayal and mystery.

The spelling errors, despite being justified, make it a bit of frustrating read and it took me a few chapters to get used to it but it eventually drew me deeper into the story. At times I wanted to grab the characters and slap some sense into them but that is just a part of what makes this book such a compelling read.