In fact, the persons and information that were relevant to solving the murder, only came into play at the end of the book.
But my overall experience of this book was good. Enjoyable until almost the end. Jan 05, cheryl rated it liked it.
I confess I knew it was a detective-type mystery and that it was the author's third in a series of four books. What I didn't realize was that the characters are all stuffed animals. Honestly, I'm not certain why the author made that decision. It actually isn't as distracting as one might expec I confess It actually isn't as distracting as one might expect and they act pretty much like normal characters.
There are some wrinkles though Once again, I'm going with 3. To be clear, this is a generally positive rank for me. I'm a tough grader and 4 stars likely means I plan to re-read it and 5 is a rave.
I enjoyed the story and the way Davys followed several different characters as he explored the mystery at the heart of the plot. There's a bit of aside towards the end about fate versus free will I did like some of the little quirks about the fictional world that Davys crafts. FYI: This is a translation and Davys is a pen name. This is another book where an advance review copy was provided to me by the folks at Harper. View 2 comments. Dec 20, Wouter Pocornie rated it liked it.
Not as strong as the previous novels by Tim Davys. Still enjoyable, some characters are perfectly constructed in dialogue and narration. The overall story lacks a bit of consistency to keep me, as a reader, emerged.
Must read, of course, if you enjoy Tim Davys' work. Maybe the experience is more pleasant with some herbal influences? Mar 13, Jennifer rated it really liked it. From my book review blog Rundpinne my review of Tourquai. Jul 19, Ashlee rated it did not like it Shelves: put-down.
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I put this down because I had zero desire to read it once I started. It was distracting to read about stuffed animals that cussed and committed crimes. Rezangyal rated it really liked it Jul 15, Paul Johnson rated it it was ok Jan 06, Deidre rated it liked it Mar 13, David W. Brad rated it it was amazing Feb 10, Afiq Luqman rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Cathy Walker rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Barth Siemens rated it did not like it Apr 17, Brian J Edwards rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Eszter Tompos rated it it was ok Apr 21, Heather rated it it was ok Feb 05, Justin rated it liked it Feb 03, Rachel Beacham rated it liked it Jul 26, Gin rated it really liked it Apr 04, Tanja rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Jack rated it liked it Jul 17, Mdj rated it really liked it Sep 04, Elisha rated it really liked it Mar 01, David rated it really liked it Jun 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
About Tim Davys.
Tim Davys. Tim Davys is the pseudonym for a well-known Swedish public figure, and Amberville is his or her first novel.
A dark and stormy night…I was born in a country far, far away. Before the age of 20, I never read a book. It was to this exact point here that life had taken him: to a deserted street in north Lanceheim after a day, or twenty-four hours, in an abandoned industrial space, with pain and degradation and drugs, so that everyone could anesthetize themselves to do what had to be done. With an emotional life that only came to life from extremes or chemicals.
The novel ends in this void; doubt and lack of conclusiveness permeate the stories and the collection in general. Most characters fail in their attempts to right their perceived faults or achieve self-actualization. In Yok , the big questions in life remain unanswered; life is small, plush, nasty, and brutish.
Yok, then, despite its cute and cuddly appearance, is a frighteningly familiar place, one that we encounter most days of our lives. To say that Y ok is a philosophical novel, however, is a stretch. Also, the prose plods with under-description and an over-abundance of exposition.
The fact that it was translated from Swedish could also contribute to an oddness of voice. And finally, some of the fun aspects of the novel—plush anatomy, daily weather, and coloured streets—come off as over-reaching. He knows he's been lucky—a while back, his life revolved around drugs, gambling, a gang of stuffed-animal thugs, and notorious crime boss Nicholas Dove. But the past isn't as far away as Eric had hoped and one day he is enlisted for one final job—to get Nicholas Dove off of the Death List.
If Eric fails, his beloved wife, Emma Rabbit , will be torn apart, limb by limb. The problem is, nobody knows if the Death List really exists. So Eric gathers together his team from the old days and embarks on a search where he learns that nothing in his world is as it seems For starters, the novel was nothing like what I thought it would be.
Based on the cover description and what few author blurbs I had read, I was expecting something in the vein of Charlie Huston or maybe Chuck Palahniuk. I was completely wrong. At the core of the book is a mystery—several actually—that drive the narrative until the very end. Evil seeks balance, it seeks a symmetry. Evil is social, because it only exists in an opposing relationship. Goodness is self-sufficient. It needs no one, nothing. I can be good on my own. But to manifest evil requires a counterpart.