This post modern flurry into fantasy is an enjoyable, if not a cynical look at what would happen if Narnia was invad..Show More »ed by this current depraved generation. Of course they never use the name, for legal reasons I expect, however anyone who is even remotely familiar with Lewis' fantasy saga will see the parallels. The protagonist, Quentin Coldwater, owes more than a little to Holden Caufield and it has the same dry, broken view of this world that Salinger so vividly created.
There are some truly wonderful sequences. The reader spends almost 1 full chapter as a goose and it is delicious. I also had some in the narnia like world that feels like the far more grotesque and gritty version most of us have imagined at some point in our lives.
I enjoyed this book however I never truly connected emotionally to the characters. I guess that is because I am not as cynical as they are and even though lots of exciting things happen it never felt epic. I just didn't care enough about the outcomes. Not that it is a fault with the book per se as I believe this is exactly what the author wanted to achieve. It will never be my favourite book but worth a read.
really great apart from the ridiculous Australian accent.
The story is fantastic; as good if not better than the first book. Well paced and unexpected. Bramhall is a brilliant reader up to the point where Pop..Show More »py, an Australian central character, is introduced. Her accent on the reading is so grating that i quickly started hoping she'd turn mute.