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“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” by Joël Dicker

I really need to find a better way to gnaw through my books than being stuck on a plane.

Anyway after couple months I have finished The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affiair. It didn’t take me that long because it was horrible, but simply because of the other temptations of the world surrounding us.

On the surface level The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a crime mystery. On August 30 1975 in the sweet little town of Somerset in New Hampshire Nola Kellergan, the daughter of the local preacher disappears never to be found. 33 years later her body is uncovered in the garden of the famous writer Harry Quebert, who wrote his opus magnum The Origin of Evil in summer 1975. With Nola’s body, the manuscript of said book with a dedication “goodbye, darling Nola” is found. Harry immediately gets arrested and accused of killing Nola Kellergan.

The protagonist and the focal point of the story is Marcus Goldman; a friend and a student of Harry, a writer himself who suffers from a bad case of writer’s disease after the publishing of first novel which was a great hit and put his name on the lips of everyone in the country. Once Marcus hears the news about Harry he decides to go to Somerset and find out what really happened and also to run away from the upcoming deadline of his next book, which does not have even one sentence, and so begins his adventure of trying to write a book and proving Harry’s innocence at the same time.

Writer writing a book about a writer writing a book about a writer writing a book is a little bit masturbatory in my opinion, but luckily the The Truth… did not transform into a circle-jerk about how blessed the writers are. The story is well structured, relying on a non-linear narration in a clever way and having some creative fun with its structure. Learning how this book works as a book was fun; more than once I went back to the earlier chapter not hunting for clues to the mystery but to check the structure of the story and how sentences are written to compare them to those in later chapters.

The story is interesting with its dead ends and red herrings, but it is pushed forward mostly by the ensemble of the background characters and the flashbacks to Henry’s first summer in Sommerset. Our main hero, Marcus is not all that interesting. I can describe him only as whiney. Any development that he goes through happens in the flashbacks to his youth.

My biggest problem is with the last 15% of the book (more-less) where we are being flooded by dramatic revelations after dramatic revelations. The book suddenly takes a left turn and goes to really absurd areas. I can’t help but feel that it was rushed.

 

VERDICT

Three out of five Lolitas. 

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“Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami

All sorts of people who’s opinions I trust were trying to make me start reading Murakami for quite a long time. Finally it took a long plane journey for me to start my Murakami adventure. I am certainly glad that I did it (better late than never) even if I am not so sure what to think about it.  Continue reading ““Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami”

“Horus Rising” by Dan Abnett

As a teenage boy I fell in love with the video game series Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War. The idea of having orks, elves and demons (excuse me, daemons) was mind-blowing to me back then. Being able to battle them as the epic Space Marines, the manliest men in any imaginable universe with the prayer for their Emperor on their lips as they cut trough their enemies with a chainsaw-sword made me spend many sleepless nights in front of the computer. So without any further knowledge of the universe I decided and using the humble bundle sale I decided to dive deeper into this world. The fact that Dan Abnett wrote the first book in The Horus Heresy saga also helped (we have him to thank for the Guardians of the Galaxy in the shape that we know and love today). Continue reading ““Horus Rising” by Dan Abnett”

Comic book round-up!

OK, I confess it is a bit of cheating on my part, but I am a fuzzy ball of lazy lately so this is the only way. It will be a quick summary of the comic books series I have been following over the last few months bud did not come around to review for one reason or another. Let’s get started!

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

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“Darkhawk #51: The Return” by Chad Browser and Chris Sims (W) and Key Walker and Java Tartaglia (A)

The newest issue of Darkhawk is another of Marvel’s one-shots that I was interested in. Also it was one that I knew nothing about beyond the synopsis and the fact that it is some kind of a cosmic hero. It is both a good and a bad thing.  Continue reading ““Darkhawk #51: The Return” by Chad Browser and Chris Sims (W) and Key Walker and Java Tartaglia (A)”

“Master of Kung Fu #126: Shang Chi’s Day Off” by CM Punk (W) and Dalibor Talajić (A)

 

I might be sick of super heroics, however sticking true to your values is more important than that. Marvel is publishing some special one-shots as a part of its Legacy initiative and Master of Kung Fu #126 is one of them. It is important to support this kind projects, because if the issues prove to be popular enough they might get a green light for an on-going, or at least a limited series (this is what happened the fantastic Mockingbird series by Chelsea Cain).  Continue reading ““Master of Kung Fu #126: Shang Chi’s Day Off” by CM Punk (W) and Dalibor Talajić (A)”

“X-O Manowar, Vol. 1: By The Sword” by Robert Venditti (W) and Cary Nord (A)

Since 2012 DC and Marvel killed off and resurrected many of their characters, made their heroes villains and their villains heroes and blew up their universes so that they can be rebirthed and embrace their legacy (hehe). At the very same time there was something lurking in the shadows, gradually growing stronger and popular, unable to compete with the great two, but nevertheless full of potential. I am talking about the third shared super hero comics universe: THE VALIANT UNIVERSE. Continue reading ““X-O Manowar, Vol. 1: By The Sword” by Robert Venditti (W) and Cary Nord (A)”

“Satantango” by László Krasznahorkai

An esteemed author, interesting synopsis and unconventional structure; what else one may want from a book? How about it being actually good. Continue reading ““Satantango” by László Krasznahorkai”

“Iron Man: Extremis” by Warren Ellis (W) and Adi Granov (A)

I feel like everything has been already said about Ellis’ Extremis run on Iron Man. How it reintroduced the character to the new generation, paved the way for the cinematic reimagining of Tony Stark and is an overall masterfully crafted story. So since we established the obvious allow me some subjective nonsense. Continue reading ““Iron Man: Extremis” by Warren Ellis (W) and Adi Granov (A)”

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