Book Review: The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

The Rabbit Back Literature Society What’s it about?

Ella Milana is a literature teacher, and the possessor of beautifully curving lips.

But when she starts trying to unearth the truth behind the Society, Ella finds a lot more than she bargained for. What is ‘The Game’? Why are the words inside books rearranging themselves? And what explains the strange disappearance of an author, in a whirlwind of snow?

 

My thoughts

Ok, so I’ll admit I was drawn to this book for its stunning cover; and therein ends my love affair with this book. It was just plain wierd, often slow and I’m not entirely sure what the point was!

It reads like a Finnish folk story, goblins and elves and fairies and a there’s whole load of unexplained things happening.  The Finnish names don’t help either, trying to prounounce them in my head just added to the frustration.

In part one we learn more about Laura’s life and relationship with her parents and school which all seems relatively normal if a little boring.

But then we move into part two and the strange disappearance of author Laura White and the effects on the townfolk and the Society members – this is where the strange stuff starts happening and I totally lost the plot…yes, exactly that, I really had no idea what was supposed to be going and I found it a slog to read this section.

In part three there’s these truth games with the purpose to get its members to ‘spill’ their deepest most innermost secrets but why?? And they were taking this ‘yellow’ truth drug, I mean why would you do that?.  This Literature Society was so revered that its members were doing all this weird out of character stuff just to be included, they were successful published authors, surely they no longer needed this ‘notoriety’.

There’s nothing wrong with the actual structure of the book and the writing is perfectly acceptable, if somewhat simplistic, I just didn’t get it.

If you liked The Night Circus or even The Invisible Library or any kind of magical realism I suspect you’d like this, unfortunately not for me.

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Talk of the Town

WWW Wednesday (February 24th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m currently reading…

A Husband’s Confession by Zoë Miller

I thought this was going to be regular run-of-the-mill romance novel but it hasn’t turned out to be that entirely. It actually has its darker moments with a very twisted family.

ahusbandsconfessionThe blurb

When Ali met Max in the summer of 1990, he turned her empty life around and filled it with love. Now, years on, Ali’s greatest fear is that her happiness and contentment might be taken away from her. But just as Max’s star is rising, unsettling incidents at their artisan bakery in Dublin’s creative quarter threaten to damage the reputation of the bakery.

Finn and Jo were running away from heartache when they met in Australia over 20 years ago. But now Finn is in shock after the demise of his gritty role in a popular television crime drama, and Jo fears for him and their marriage. Then an accident on a Saturday night has devastating consequences for both families, tearing their lives apart in ways they never imagined.


I recently finished

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Ok, so I was drawn to this book for its stunning cover; and therein ends my love affair with this book. It was just plain wierd, often slow and I’m not entirely sure what the point was! If you liked The Night Circus or even The Invisible Library I suspect you’d like this.

The Rabbit Back Literature SocietyThe blurb

Ella Milana is a literature teacher, and the possessor of beautifully curving lips.

But when she starts trying to unearth the truth behind the Society, Ella finds a lot more than she bargained for. What is ‘The Game’? Why are the words inside books rearranging themselves? And what explains the strange disappearance of an author, in a whirlwind of snow?

 


What’s up next?

The Ice Twins by S.K Tremayne

This is our next book club read and a mystery / thriller I’ve been really looking forward too.

The Ice TwinsThe blurb

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity – that she, in fact, is Lydia – their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past – what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?


So what do you think of my choices this week?

WWW Wednesday (February 17th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m currently reading…

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

I’d picked this from my TBR jar last month but had to put it aside to dedicate time to my book club reads. I’ve since read 3 other books (naughty me) and now have been guilt-tripped into reading it my daughter. It’s a strange read but rather sweet, I just haven’t quite worked out yet what it’s really about!

The Rabbit Back Literature SocietyThe blurb

Ella Milana is a literature teacher, and the possessor of beautifully curving lips.

But when she starts trying to unearth the truth behind the Society, Ella finds a lot more than she bargained for. What is ‘The Game’? Why are the words inside books rearranging themselves? And what explains the strange disappearance of an author, in a whirlwind of snow?

 


I recently finished

Viral by Helen Fitzgerald

An interesting take on social media and its darker side. Very sexually explicit, and quite hard to read if you have a teenage daughter. Not really ideal for leaving on the coffee table.

ViralThe blurb

When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, humiliated and afraid: there is an online video of her, drunkenly performing a sex act in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.

Ruth Oliphant-Brotheridge, mother of the girls, successful court judge, is furious. How could this have happened? How can she bring justice to these men who took advantage of her dutiful, virginal daughter? What role has Leah played in all this? And can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn’t want to be found?

I’ve also read….

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

This book seems to have been on every blogger’s radar over the past weeks and for good reason. A fast-paced police procedural thriller from an author who either has insider knowledge of how a police investigation is carried out or carries out impeccable research; believed every bit.

The Girl in the IceThe blurb

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? …


What’s up next?

A Husband’s Confession by Zoë Miller

This has been on my book shelf for well over a year and is my next pick from my TBR jar.

ahusbandsconfessionThe blurb

When Ali met Max in the summer of 1990, he turned her empty life around and filled it with love. Now, years on, Ali’s greatest fear is that her happiness and contentment might be taken away from her. But just as Max’s star is rising, unsettling incidents at their artisan bakery in Dublin’s creative quarter threaten to damage the reputation of the bakery.

Finn and Jo were running away from heartache when they met in Australia over 20 years ago. But now Finn is in shock after the demise of his gritty role in a popular television crime drama, and Jo fears for him and their marriage. Then an accident on a Saturday night has devastating consequences for both families, tearing their lives apart in ways they never imagined.


Have you read any of this week’s choices or share what books you’re reading?

WWW Wednesday (January 13th)

Well you can tell the holidays are well and truly over as I only finished one book this week; but it was a book I really enjoyed.

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m currently reading…

Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

So far, this is good, it has engaged me but I’m yet to experience the wow that I’ve been hearing about. Plenty of time yet though.

Pretty IsThe blurb
Lois and Carly-May are just twelve years old when they’re abducted, driven across the country, and imprisoned in a remote, isolated hunting lodge for two months. That summer, under the watchful gaze of their kidnapper, they form a bond which will never be broken . . .
Decades later, both Lois and Carly-May have built new lives and identities for themselves. Lois, a professor of literature, is shaken when an obsessive student reminds her of the man who kidnapped her, a man she saw shoot himself on the porch twenty years before.
Out in LA, Carly-May is drinking too much and watching her beauty-queen looks fade, clinging to the last remnants of a once-promising career as an actress. When she reads a shockingly familiar screenplay, she warily she takes a role she knows is based on events from her own life.
Increasingly haunted by the devastating experience that shaped both their lives, Lois and Carly-May are drawn together again in a world that both echoes and falsifies their beautiful, terrible story.  


I recently finished

The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

This is the first Cecelia Ahern I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. Told as two points of view by Sabrina and her father Fergus and a with a dual time line this book could have been subtitled The Mystery of the Missing Marbles.

The Marble Collector
The blurb
A forgotten childhood. A discovered life.
What if you only had one day to find out who you really were?
When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.
An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.


What’s up next?

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Picked from my TBR jar I have to be honest, I bought this book from a charity shop based on its lovely cover. It’s a book about books which is good but it sounds fantastical which is not me. We’ll see…..

The Rabbit Back Literature SocietyThe blurb

Ella Milana is a literature teacher, and the possessor of beautifully curving lips.

But when she starts trying to unearth the truth behind the Society, Ella finds a lot more than she bargained for. What is ‘The Game’? Why are the words inside books rearranging themselves? And what explains the strange disappearance of an author, in a whirlwind of snow?

 


Have you read any of this week’s choices or share what books you’re reading?