Rating: 4.5 The Hit (The Kills: Book Four) A Novel by Richard House 2013 / 261 Pages
There is a world inside the world
The Kills is a 2013 Man Booker Prize nominated volume from Richard House which is comprised of four stand-alone novels. The Hit is the fourth of these novels.
In Don DeLillo’s classic 1988 novel Libra, a fictionalized Lee Harvey Oswald repeatedly insists that “There is a world inside the world.” Emphasizing his belief that buried beneath the surface of the visible, lurking just out of sight, is some second layer of complex hidden truths that are driven by incomprehensible machinations, this succinct statement compactly echoes the fear of conspiracy theorists and paranoid delusionists the world over.
We’re baaaaaaaack! After what feels like a year hiatus, because, well, it was, half of the BookerMarks gang (or as we like to call ourselves, BookerMarkers) finally get back together to discuss this year’s crop of nominated titles.
In this episode Aaron talks cat ass and dog balls and gushes about Richard House’s Sutler and The Massive, Michelle mispronounces the names of at least 4 book titles and one website, Penny accepts a 2013 wager that could turn out to be far more costly than TripeGate 2012, and Mike reveals that he’s Jewish.
The main reason I would like to have it appear on the long list is that I have already finished 25% of it. Shallow reason, I know, but my reasoning none the less. So far it is an intriguing read in which 4 of my Goodreads friends have read and rated 4 stars or better. It is also “leading” the voting on the Goodreads Man Booker 2013 Eligible list. (more…)
Has it been a year already? I feel like it’s only been a few weeks since we finished recording our final podcast, crossed our fingers in hopeful anticipation, and then openly wept when Deborah Levy lost the 2012 Man Booker Award.
Okay, fine. Only one of us wept.
Still, the main thing we all agreed on at the end of the day was that any victory over Will Self would be enough to satisfy us. Now here we all stand, about to unite for the second year of what is quickly becoming our annual tradition of passing judgment on all things Booker. I’ve got a few new streamlined “rules” that we’re applying to this year’s proceedings that I need to get you up to speed on, but before I do, perhaps I should take a moment to catch you up on what each member of our crack team has been up to over the past year, and of course, introduce you all to our newest collaborator.
Rating: 3 The Lighthouse A Novel by Alison Moore 2012 / 192 Pages
For my part of the Bookermarks Collaboration, I finished 6.5 books – all of the short list (except for the last half of Umbrella) and not counting the long listed Teleportation Accident in which I will finish sometime in the near future. The fourth book I read was Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse. Finishing it over a month ago, I still have not written the review for it. Why? Because I just don’t know what to write about. I liked it – but I just wasn’t impressed enough with it to discuss it. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. (more…)
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel is the second novel in a trilogy about King Henry the VIII and Thomas Cromwell. Mantel starts Bring Up the Bodies without missing a beat after the ending of Wolf Hall. From the opening pages, we find the wonderful compassionate side of Thomas Cromwell as well as the tale tell signs of King Henry’s disillusionment with Anne Boleyn and their marriage. Most of us know before we start how this book is going to end. The fact that we know how the book will end and we still read it as an exciting page turner is why this book has been nominated for the Man Booker long list. (more…)