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13 October 2010 @ 06:01 pm
R.I.P. Challenge books #3 and 4  

These two books were rather a disappointment. I don't have much to say about Erken mij by Esther Verhoef. It was given out as a freebie during last year's "month of the thrilling book", held every June, and has not been, and will most likely never be, translated into English.

Although the prologue was promising, I didn't care for what followed. It turned out to be about rape and its aftermath, which is a subject I try to avoid. Fortunately it wasn't too graphic and at 91 pages it was a quick read.


HostAnyPhotoI bought A.M. Homes' The End of Alice at the time because I thought the title might be a reference to Alice in Wonderland, editions of which I collected, and sure enough the book opens with a Lewis Carroll quote: "A stopped clock is right twice a day." Apart from that, the only other reference I can think of is that the book's protagonist is a paedophile infatuated with a young girl called Alice.

I knew beforehand that the book's subject matter is controversial: a paedophile murderer in his 23rd year in prison strikes up a correspondence with a nineteen-year-old girl who is planning on seducing a twelve-year-old boy. That didn't put me off, but what did were the numerous descriptions of disgusting smells and revolting things that people ate. When it literally made me retch I decided, at around page 100, to call it a day and skipped forward to find out the ending. I am such a wimp.


The good news is that I have now finished all the titles on my provisional list and also achieved my goal of freeing up some shelf space. The bad news is that I couldn't resist the lure of the Kinderboekenweek ("children's book week") and bought two books yesterday! And received another free book as well! I am incorrigible. The good news is that I'm very happy with my acquisitions. And since the good outweighs the bad, I am not sorry.

There are still over two weeks left before the end of the R.I.P. Challenge. The free booklet looks like a fun read, I think I'll use it as a palate cleanser before deciding upon another Challenge book.

Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: Je t'aimais mieux - Clarika
callmemadam: bookscallmemadam on October 13th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm a reading wimp these days, too. It's nothing to be ashamed of, IMO.
Mnemosyne: scared_lethe_ on October 14th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not really ashamed of it, but I was surprised to find myself reacting so strongly to those small details when the actual subject matter left me quite cold (due to the clinical writing style).
heartofdavid: foxgirlheartofdavid on October 13th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
And since the good outweighs the bad, I am not sorry.
Words of great wisdom from the Supreme Squirrel!

Shame about the two RIP entries though, that neither turned out to be a rewarding reading experience. Disgusting smells and revolting consumables...don't know if I'd have the stomach for that either.

I'll use it as a palate cleanser
I do this too! Sometimes I need a brain scrub from too much of one genre, or too many emotional downer books. Normally, I use a romance novel for this - something light but not dumb, can be chick-lit but not bimbo-lit.

Mnemosyne: words of wisdom_lethe_ on October 14th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Words of great wisdom from the Supreme Squirrel!
*bows in mock modesty*

revolting consumables
Believe me, "consumables" is too much of a euphemism here!

don't know if I'd have the stomach for that either.
Come on, you read Poppy Z. Brite!

I've decided to leave the palate cleanser until after I've finished the Challenge. I thought I needed one after my nauseating experience, but by the time I posted the entry I was feeling much better again. Hungry, even.

chick-lit but not bimbo-lit
Not well versed in that department, do you have examples of both?

Edited at 2010-10-14 06:35 pm (UTC)
: )call_me_lovey on January 24th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)

Nothing to be ashamed of –- I read David Peace after absolutely loving the Red Riding films esp. ‘74, but after really struggling with the Yiddish/religious stuff in the last one (literally gave me a headache) nearly being in tears over some bits I’m going to pass it on –- you need a degree to read him anyway.

Kathy Lette’s good for chick-lit; sounds like you need some after that.
Mnemosyne: words of wisdom_lethe_ on January 27th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I had never heard of Kathy Lette. I may give her a try, thanks.
: )call_me_lovey on January 29th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)

Luckily I know someone who loves RR as much as (if not more than) I do so I’ll have no trouble finding someone to pass it on to. I do feel a bit of an idiot now because I kept going on about how great DP was (as I tend to when I discover something new)
The films were nothing I hadn’t seen before, so you’d think I’d have been OK with the books -–- I think it was the description of the cop who had half his face shot off that got to me the most.

It’s time to worry if/when you stop being affected by these things, I think.