What I’ve Read
The Bone Clocks
This book was fucking weird. It’s by the same guy who wrote Cloud Atlas and is basically the same weird science fiction/fantasy genre. Basically it follows the life of Holly Sykes by way of 4 or 5 different characters with a little bit of psychic weird shit in between. If you’re looking for something bizarre, different and deep that will scare the shit out of you when it comes to the next 30+ years and our planet with the rate of energy consumption, get this. 4.5/5 stars.
Currently about half-way through this. I have mixed feelings. There is no doubt that it’s beautifully written and fairly fast-paced, but it’s not all that different from your typical coming-of-age, sensitive-kid-with-a-troubled-past story. Also, it’s long- 750ish pages. It’s like if Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (which is my favorite book of all time, no question) was written when Oskar was 14 instead of 9 or whatever. 4/5 stars so far.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Another pretty depressing book about post-war Ukraine which is already pretty dark and depressing. This book was hard to get through. It’s also pretty long, and it has a lot of Russian/Ukranian names that are difficult to keep track of if you’re not reading it in one sitting. There were parts that really drew me in and got me invested, and other parts where I was counting pages. Read this if you have a long trip or if you’re stuck in bed for a few days. 3.5/5 stars.
Never Let Me Go
I don’t know what I was expecting with this. I didn’t read it in high school like most people I’ve talked to about it, and I feel like I would’ve enjoyed it more if I had. Like I needed a naggy high school teacher to wring every ounce of meaning from it for me in the form of class discussion or something. It read like a high school novel. Fast, but bland. 3.5/5 stars.