This is a post in which we take a look at some of my brilliant (I’m exaggerating here) goodreads reviews that you might have missed, and see whether I would recommend the books that I’ve read. Featured in this issue are High Rise and the Chaos of Longing.
by J.G. Ballard
Narrator: Tom Hiddleston
If I was a different sort of person, I might have added one more star for Tom Hiddleston’s narration when I rated this book but I honestly do not think that this book is a four star book – so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for his rendition of it.
In fact, the only reason that I even considered reading this was because Tom was narrating it. Oh and the fact that I was going on a 13 hours flight of course. I had attempted to watch the movie prior to spotting it on audiobook and I really wasn’t a fan of the pacing nor of the storyline which didn’t really seem to be going anywhere. Thankfully that’s picked up a little in the book, but it was still quite a slow story. In a way, you could say that it’s a more realistic way at looking at how time passes for the characters and the slow speed with the contrasting violence is what happens in the high rise. That doesn’t change the fact that I got bored though.
I suppose it’s odd, saying that I got bored in a book where people run around murdering each other and no one else bats an eyelid, but it was only for around 40% of the book. Which isn’t a number to shy at, but also means that I was entertained for around 40% and disgusted for the other 20% of the time. There is A LOT of animal abuse in the book. I understand why it’s there and everything, so I’m not condemning the author but it doesn’t make me very happy. There also an unhealthy helping of incest and rape, but I suppose after reading / watching the game of thrones series – this didn’t affect me as much as it should have.
If you asked, I couldn’t pick out an aspect of the book that would completely convince you to read it but I will say this: I think that Ballard manages to capture society quite well. While yes, he does shove it in your face a little too often with all of his ‘upper’ or ‘lower’ floors but that doesn’t mean that he’s ruined the message. I’m not going to use any quotes in this review, because I’m planning to write a blog post on this and I don’t want to repeat myself but I’ll paraphrase. There was a point in the book where he mentions that everyone has their cameras posed, ready and eager for violence – and I think we’re still stuck in the never ending loop now. I mean come on. People love drama. It’s all over twitter and . . . you know what? I’m going to save this for my post.
Recommended to: people over 14 who are prepared to read about dogs / cats being abused as well as an abundance of rape and incest scenes.
The Chaos of Longing
by K.Y. Robinson
Received for free from netgalley.
As all poetry collections are, each poem in The Chaos of Longing was either a marvel, a flick of the page or a disappointment. I have yet to find a collection that isn’t like this, but there have definitely been a few that I was able to relate to a little more because honestly, that’s what a lot of poetry comes down to. Whether you understand it and to a greater extent, whether it’s relatable enough to make you feel something.
For example, this resonates with me but to others it might simply be lines and that’s alright.
there are days
Of course, even if you don’t relate to a poem it is still possible to enjoy it or appreciate the language that has been used. There’s no denying that there are some very clever lines in here but there too few and they’re too far apart to truly label this collection as ‘clever’. It was a short and enjoyable read though, especially if you focus on the poems that speak to you. Among a couple of others, I particularly like this line:
you hide more
than your bones
when you’re inside of me.
Recommended to: people who enjoy reading about sexuality, sensuality and love. those who read books because of the cover. anyone who enjoys poetry (it might be your thing).