Some people might not "get" this book, but if it works for you, you are in for a treat. Shirley Jackson is a brilliant writer, and this is her at her best. It is not a horror novel like The Haunting of Hill House, but it's still very unsettling. It is about a family who live a secluded life. The protagonist is creepy, but also very sympathetic, so as the reader you root for her even as she does weird things, like doing things she considers to be magic spells (e.g., nailing things to trees), and trying to avoid society. She is a great example of an unreliable narrator, and seeing the story through her eyes makes it much more affecting and surreal.
The narration is fantastic. Dunne's tone evokes the antisocial fear and strangeness that the text should have.
It was very sad to come to the end of the preview; I can't wait for Ocean to come out now.
Shoggoth's Old Peculiar is a wonderfully narrated, excellent story. It's a funny and Lovecraftian, more than just a Lovecraft spoof or a funny story in which the Mythos is mentioned. I've seen it compared to the work of Douglas Adams, which is fair, but it reminded me more of Jerome K. Jerome, which is even higher praise in my book.
This book has a good magic system, which the author is known for. I prefer his adult novels, but this one isn't YA in a bad way. It's just shorter and has a teenage protagonist, and the scope isn't as large as in his epic doorstoppers. Basically, it's great for teens and adults, although not as good as The Way of Kings or Mistborn. Compared to other YA, I'd say it's up there with Westerfeld's books.
Michael Kramer is awesome, as usual.
Definitely follow along with the PDF. You can store it on your phone and (when not driving) look at diagrams for the chapters you're listening to. The narration does a great job of covering the diagrams without you looking, but it's nice to see them too. It's not a big deal if you lag behind the audio when looking at the diagrams, but don't look ahead! There are major spoilers if you look at the diagrams before you get to that part of the book.
Yes, I fully intend to. The characters and setting are so real and interesting that I want to experience the book again.
Lee, because he was awesome and wise.
It's the first I've listened to with Richard Poe, but I hope it's not the last.
It made me laugh in parts.
I can see why it's considered a classic.
This book is wonderful. The characters and story are great, and the author combines the subtle humor with the serious events expertly. The narration is spot-on. The voices are all perfectly done and add to the reader's connection to the characters. It's not supposed to be a fast-paced thriller, as the negative reviews seem to have mistakenly thought. It tells an amazing story at the appropriate pace for the story. Speeding it up to YA novel speed would have taken away from the book. It's an amazing novel; I highly recommend it.
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