Posts Tagged ‘ireland’

14th July
2010
written by Steph

Even casual readers of this little blog probably know that I have a deep admiration for Tana French. An admiration that perhaps borders on the cusp of obsession. I devour her books when I get my hands on them, and find myself completely absorbed by the world and the characters she so skillfully crafts for her readers. I’ve been to Ireland, and yet reading French’s books, I sometimes feel like her fiction is more vivid and real than my own experiences! It could be that she draws back the veil on a culture and a people the way that only a native Dubliner can, but I also think it’s just a testament to how compelling an author she is. She could probably write about my hometown of Toronto and make me think I’ve never even set foot there! 😉 Last year after reading French’s debut novel, In The Woods, I prowled the apartment restlessly until The Likeness made its way to me from the library. I was so caught up by French’s characters, I pretty much couldn’t read anything else in that time in between. I just wanted more. I tried to pace myself, but I pretty much rampaged through The Likeness, loving every moment of it, only to feel utterly bereft at the end of it. Why? Because I had exhausted all of French’s published works to date. What was an avid fan to do? (more…)
29th April
2009
written by Steph
Well, I certainly did like it!

Well, I certainly did like it!

Remember a while back when I read In The Woods and really enjoyed it… and then fell into a deep reading funk?  I blame Tana French.  Only in the best possible way of course, but it’s still her fault I haven’t really been able to pick up a book since then.  Certain books are just so engaging and engrossing that when they’re done, you feel bereft and have a hard time switching gears and starting something new.  Plus, when they’re as good as In The Woods, finding another book that will stand up to what you’ve just read is pretty tough. I think part of the reason why I’d been dragging my feet to read a new book is because immediately upon finishing In The Woods, I wanted to start French’s follow-up novel, The Likeness.  And you should all have your ears prick up at this, because you know I tend not to go on author-related reading benders, no matter how much I like said author's body of work.  In this case, I didn’t own The Likeness so I couldn't just dive right back in.  And my local library branch’s copy was out, meaning that after I put a hold on it, I had to wait for it to get transferred in from some other branch.  And then when it showed up, I had already started reading another book that wasn’t working for me at the time (I think because I was mentally holding out for this book), and then I had my top secret reading project that had to have top priority, so The Likeness sat on the floor in our front hallway for almost two weeks before I could give it the time of day.  Let me tell you, the wait may have been long and tortuous, but it was totally worth it because The Likeness absolutely delivers. (more…)