Incendiary (Hollow Crown)

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Incendiary (Hollow Crown)

Incendiary (Hollow Crown)

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So of course how could I not feel for a woman who lost her son and husband to a senseless bombing, right? She feels like an outsider, both in the whispers and at court, and it is only Dez that can make her feel, even a little, like she belongs.

Incendiary isn't as ludicrous a performance as Olivia Joules -- it actually aspires to satire, whereas Ms.May Day' is described well enough, and Cleave shows a nice touch in dropping in some of the changes that it causes in asides (a nurse suspended from her job, because Muslims have been suspended (for an "indefinite but temporary" time) from jobs where they might pose a security risk; the observation that: "you can't leave a ciggie butt unattended these days without someone coming and doing a controlled explosion on it"), but for the most part one doesn't get much of a feel for the changed atmosphere. In their brief encounters, Little Bee was the recipient of an extraordinary act of service from a complete stranger: to chop off her finger for a girl she had no guarantee would be spared by the hunters was, for LB, to be seen. Loved the way you got inside Batman’s head and his 4 year old’s reactions to what was happening around him. As the fact that the main character’s husband and son are attending Arsenal v Chelsea at the Emirates for the last league game of the season and she is watching the game at home is pretty central to the story this grated on me. a bit naive, to be sure, but it was the only ‘reason’ that I could attribute to my creative abilities.

Cleave does not appear to come from the same milieu as his narrator (the alternative: he is, and is carrying the biggest of chips on his shoulders). I read about as much of this as I could, and at that point it was not only offensive but actually ridiculous with characters who were over the top such that nothing could be taken seriously. Chris Cleave’s debut is two different novels jammed together: a thrillerish yarn about a British 9/11, and a tale of manipulative toffs exploiting an innocent. I loved her edge, her hard-nosed common sense, her humour, her bluntness and most of all, how maternal she was.Obviously you deal with the corrupt kingdom and the rebellions attempts to fight back, regain control, and just stay alive. An epic and spellbinding fantasy, Incendiary is a darkly rich tapestry of twisted magic, deadly consequences, and riveting stakes. Quickly, we change routes and enter the lion's mouth itself after major happenings in the first 1/4 of the book.

In addition to writing novels, she serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books, and is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old, as well as the cohost of the writing podcast, Deadline City.The entire time I thought I was reading some middle schooler's attempt to be a dark and gruesome author. As she slowly begins to grasp her own identity, which is a precarious journey based on smoke-like memories and images, we utterly relate to her struggles and that idea of not knowing your true self rings so vividly. Between the authors world building, that has you travelling the Kingdom of Andalucia effortlessly, and her descriptive writing in general it was hard not to fall into the pages, getting a little more lost in the world she built every time until it was nearly unbearable to pull myself out. I felt various emotions whilst reading it, including tearful, cross, upset and downright furious at the injustices we humans dish out to each other.

I loved that LGBTQ+ characters were included in such a casual way in this book, that was brilliant to see, one of the main side characters was gay and then there are female monarchs from other lands who are mentioned to have “queen consorts” which I thought was pretty cool. There are several major elements to Incendiary, the wonderful book Chris Cleave wrote well before he became known for Little Bee. We know from pretty early on that the Whispers have a spy in the Palace and we then spend the next 75-90% of the book trying to work out who it could be. I’ve just requested Incendiary from my library and dare not pick it up until I have another free day…I’m fairly convinced all else will be on hold once I start it until the last page is turned. She is an example of the ability to live through tragedy, to live with one’s demons and struggles; to be able to choose life rather than destruction.It was easy to summon her in my imagination, visualize her flat, see her walking the streets shell shocked, drunk or simply lost. The personal focus -- through the limited eyes of the narrator -- isn't the worst idea, but Cleave doesn't carry it through very well -- and he doesn't help matters by resorting to far too many scenes in which the narrator falls unconscious or asleep or gets drunk or suffers yet another psychotic break (yes, she sees her little boy all over the place, and, boy, does that get tiresome). If you are looking for a good book try The Secret Scripture, he, like you, has such a way with words that you feel you are inside the book, literally devouring it. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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