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Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite – Breathing Into Marble | Review

Title: Breathing Into Marble

Author: Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 188

Rating: 4*/5

 

Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite - Breathing Into Marble

Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite – Breathing Into Marble

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book is different to almost anything else you’re likely to find. It’s a beautifully told piece of literary fiction that features a twist on the “boy meets girl” tale by subverting it into a “boy meets mum” story about an adopted kid with some mental health issues.

Translated into English from Lithuanian, the language in which the original piece was a bestseller, it’s almost like a modern day revival of Hemingway and Graham Greene, or even Burroughs or Kerouac.

Just as it is, it’s a very good book. But it’s made more impressive by the way that it translates so easily – the story itself could take place almost anywhere, and that alone makes it relatable. That’s boosted by the beauty of the language and the little thoughts that Laura’s characters have. It’s full of little observations that leave you nodding your head and smiling, and it’s also entertaining.

 

Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite

Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite

 

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Stephen King – Cell | Review

Title: Cell

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 420

Rating: 5*/5

 

Stephen King - Cell

Stephen King – Cell

 

There’s an interesting concept behind this story, but then there always is with Stephen King and, as a reader, you come to expect it. Sometimes he fails to live up to the hype, but with this book he proves that he really is the master of contemporary storytelling. Part of this comes back down to the premise – King takes the prevalence of a modern day object, the cell phone, and uses it as a narrative device to create a post-apocalyptic world where anything could happen.

Loosely speaking, then, this book follows the story of young artist Clayton Riddell – a.k.a. Clay – as he finds himself in a world that’s falling apart. After an event called ‘The Pulse‘, which he witnesses up close and personal in the middle of Boston, every time someone tries to use a phone, they lose their minds. It’s a bit like a cross between rage zombies and a glitch in the matrix, which turns people into homicidal maniacs, at least to begin with. But to say any more than that would be to give away the story line.

One of the good things, though, is that this book hooks you in right from the get-go. I’d say that it has arguably the fastest pace of any Stephen King novel, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much – when I first started reading King, I thought his work was too long-winded, but he’s got better and better as time goes on at packing a lot of detail in while keeping the action (and the story) going.

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

I also like the fact that this is *sort of* a zombie novel, although not really. I wasn’t sure what I expected when I picked it up, but it constantly surprised me along the way, setting my expectations higher and higher and higher. I even liked the ending, although it probably isn’t for everyone – it left a question unanswered, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions. And while the characters weren’t as fleshed out as some of his others, they didn’t need to be – they still felt real, and there was no need for a complicated backstory to explain their actions. It’s the fricken end of the world, for God’s sake – no one cares who they were before the shit hit the fan.

Overall then, a great, fun read, and a good place to start if you’re new to King’s work.

 

Stephen King

Stephen King

 

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