Blueeyedboy: the second in a trilogy of dark, chilling and witty psychological thrillers from bestselling author Joanne Harris

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Blueeyedboy: the second in a trilogy of dark, chilling and witty psychological thrillers from bestselling author Joanne Harris

Blueeyedboy: the second in a trilogy of dark, chilling and witty psychological thrillers from bestselling author Joanne Harris

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I’m a Joanne Harris’ fan, I’ve read and enjoyed many of her books so I was surprised I didn’t like this novel more.

BB dreams of travelling, and yet has never even tried to fulfil his dreams. In what way would you say that this defines his character? The book is cleverly written. A trail of clues is left dotted about, but they often seem incidental and only later does their relevance become apparent. None of the major characters, however, are particularly likeable, in fact rather the reverse. BB is irritating, self obsessed and covert even in his on-line persona. One can feel a bit more sympathy for Albertine, but even she does not seem like an innocent blameless victim. Everyone has their own selfish, and sometimes perverse motives. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to really care about what happens to any of the characters in the book. But the idea behind the story, of the lies and stories made up by the on-line personas and their stark contrast to the reality that is gradually revealed, is an interesting one, and if you like Joanne Harris's books, then you'll like this one.Many of the characters in my books have problems with their identity. In some cases, like that of Vianne and Anouk Rocher, we have someone desperately seeking to create an identity for themselves in a world that seems to deny them the chance. In others, we see someone taking on the identity of someone else – Snyde in Gentlemen and Players; LeMerle in Holy Fools; Zozie in The Lollipop Shoes. Blueeyedboy goes further, in that B.B. has chosen to create, not only an alternate identity, but a whole alternate existence, past and present, designed, not just to fool other people, but to fool himself, too. In fact, in this book, no-one is quite as they appear; identities are interchangeable, and can be assumed and discarded when necessary. It’s a reflection of the way things are going, I think; a comment on the nature of perception and reality. In this story, as in life, the toughest question to answer truthfully is always going to be: Who am I? From all this came Blueeyedboy, a dark psychological thriller set in the world of the internet, where no-one is quite what they seem to be, and every taste is catered for, even the ones to which we dare not confess. I’ve always associated certain colours with tastes and smells. I’m not sure whether this makes me a synaesthete or not, but it made it easy for me to identify with the characters in the book who are. Plus I wanted to explore the idea that what one person feels when faced with a series of stimuli may sometimes differ completely from what someone else may experience in identical circumstances. some of the best stories haunt you for ages, resurfacing at odd moments and make you question your life as you know it, this is one such book and for me emulates the feelings I had as a child after reading the real Grimm’s fairy stories – fear, excitement, wariness and yet greed for more of the same. If this is primarily a novel about perceptions, it is equally about the ways in which we allow other people to perceive us. Both narrators are skilled in manipulating the perceptions of other people and even of creating completely false personae. How does the author accomplish this? What is the effect on the reader?

This is a truly frightening tale, and I was left reeling from all the turns and red herrings. I can't explain much more, just that I've never read anything like it, but it scared me a bit too much to give it more than 3.5 stars. Change the plan you will roll onto at any time during your trial by visiting the “Settings & Account” section. What happens at the end of my trial?Joanne Harris's Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is the author of many other bestselling novels, including Lollipop Shoes, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, and The Strawberry Thief, all also featuring Vianne Rocher. She has also written acclaimed novels in such diverse genres as fantasy based on Norse myth ( Runemarks, Runelight, The Gospel of Loki), and the Malbry cycle of dark psychological thrillers ( Gentlemen & Players, Blueeyedboy, and Different Class). unexpectedly sweet and powerful, a reward for the patient reader.” (New York Times) Psychological thrillers Will we get such an opus next month about the cost of 24 hour fitness & how the charge the big fancy new gym schedule to our small, odd shape and size (as the first big gym try in the late 70s or so. BB’s identity changes throughout the story as we learn more about him. Why do you think he would be feel uncomfortable with his own identity?

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