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  1. Denny Cullen, the main character in the book takes us back to his hometown of Clondalkin, Dublin after learning of his mothers’ death. It’s an emotional and disturbing journey as Denny meets up with old friends and old habits and it isn’t long before Denny is consumed by a lifestyle he had struggled to escape. There’s Paula, his gay sister, who lives with her lover in their mother’s house; a place Denny warmly remembers as home has now been turned into a place where strange people come and go, party all night, get drunk before falling into a drug induced sleep literally anywhere in the place. His friends, who are fragmented and as broken as their subsequent relationships, money is scarce, employment a distraction and education is what they’ve learned on the streets of Clondalkin. And yet the story is warm, touching and extremely funny – a ghost story of loss which poignantly illustrates the stereotypical weaknesses but surprising strengths of family and community. I thoroughly enjoyed this book - its ingenious, crisp, narrative was startling as it was refreshing – the tale raw, realistic and completely engaging. A great debut.
  2. I have just finished reading The Road after it was strongly recommended to me by a member of our book group. I am glad I read it, but am equally relieved that I have finished it. I realise that the story is meant to be bleak. Indeed, in a post apocalyptic existence, each day would, I imagine, be repetitive and tedious; and here I believe McCarthy managed to convey such tedium brilliantly. But for me, I do tend to share the views of jfp, Radders & Viccie – it was all too easy and convenient and perhaps this is why I was left disappointed. The lack of apostrophes, then the inclusion of them was annoying - but I did actually get used to this and despite not being transfixed by the novel, I did want to find out what happened to the young boy and his father; so there was a part of me that was, at the very least, intrigued enough to finish it. Personally, it is not one that I would recommend.
  3. Barblue, Cassie & lunababymoonchild - many thanks for the suggestions and assurance - much appreciated. After speaking with him last night, he seemed quite interested in trying the audio books - after I have finished reading his Soul Eater that is (about half way through). Quite an interesting comment you make lunababymoonchild - as he cannot abide his father reading to him!
  4. This thread caught my eye as I have been giving much thought to buying my son (aged 11) some audio books and thought the first HP book would be a good place to perhaps start. I have always read to my son from an early age and despite every effort to try and encourage him to read to himself, he insists on me reading to him. Although he reads various comics & magazines and has no problem reading/understanding the written word, he just prefers someone actually reading books to him. I have visions of me still reading to him when he is in his late teens! So I thought I would give the audio books a try . . . he loves the HP films and has shown interest in discussing the HP books with his older brother . . . just never swayed into reading them. At first, I thought perhaps it was just out of habit that he wished me to continue reading to him; but this is not the case, he listens quite intently to the story being told and always asks questions and loves chosing books for me to read to him! So, I am hoping that he might enjoy the audio books - if not, it will be back to square one! Thanks all, Treve
  5. Famous Five Books by Enid Blyton - I adored everything about these books; the characters, the adventures they had; their summer holidays spent at some idyllic retreat and exploring caves and islands shrouded in mystery . . . I thought they were the most wonderful tales as a child and were my introduction to the world of books!!
  6. I am finding it difficult to say anything favourable about this book as I was left extremely disappointed by the lack of credible characters or storyline. If pushed, I would agree with the first credit on the back of the book from Kirkus, specifically " . . . The last hundred pages are thrilling . . . " and basically that is it. I want to say more, but am really struggling as at times I was left completely baffled by irrelevant sentences randomly dropped within the narrative which I tried not to find irritating, but it was.
  7. Thanks Adrian, I hadn't thought it like that - just that Pemberton picked up on the name Jacob Ballard in the previous chapter (chapter 22) when doing the payroll : I thought he was perhaps reflecting/comparing the name to that of his own son with the Harmon girl, which then would perhaps explain why he then reacted so strongly when witnessing the boy's tragic death. Just wanted to gauge other readers views on this as it was bothering me because I couldn't (at the time) explain it in my own mind . . .
  8. Have now finished this book, however, before I write any feedback can somebody please enlighten me as to who Jacob Ballard was, and more importantly what was his connection to Pemberton?
  9. Apologies, yes - got my copy and about half-way through . . .
  10. Not to make any . . . I can never, ever, keep them . . .
  11. Just to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year x
  12. In no particular order : Rebecca The Woman In Black The Kite Runner Remains of the Day Catch 22
  13. The opening chapters are quite shocking!
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