the author the New
York Times best-sellerEleanor
coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
is a Simon Snow fan.
the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it.
She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow
series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their
Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan
fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie première.
sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go.
She doesn’t want to.
that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t
want to be room-mates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her
comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming,
always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan
fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who
only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying
about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been
Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start
living her own life? Writing her own stories?
does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
to the obsessive world of fan fiction, College and Family.
Rowell takes us into the life of Cath, her twin sister Wren and her
awkward obsession with writing slash fan fiction on Simon Snow. (Note
for the uninformed Simon Snow is a blatant if often loving rip-off of
the Harry potter series, and Slash fan fiction refers to the rather
murky world of same sex pairings. To relate it back to Harry Potter
it would be Harry getting it on with Draco.)
follows Cath as she starts her freshman year at college without her
twin who has dumped her to branch out on her own. Throughout the book
she has to deal with her classes, her wild twins problems, her
unstable dad who is unravelling without anyone at home, her runaway
mother trying to get back into her life and her room-mates overly
book is written for the young adult market. For the nerdy 13-16 year old girl who loves fan fiction. As a 30 year old male I probably should
not have enjoyed the book, however, the writing is solid and the
story so enthralling I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
Don't get me wrong its not Crime and punishment and I had it done in
3 hours, but they where a thoroughly enjoyable 3 hours, filled with
fluff and quite an interesting family dynamic.
only thing that detracts is the Simon Snow extracts. You can see the
similarities to Harry Potter however it hasn't replaced Harry in the
universe as he is mentioned in the book, which detracts slightly.
out of 10 for an enjoyable bit of rainbows and teenage angst.
What can you say about Terry Pratchett. The man has created a world so rich and in depth that it has managed to span a 30 year time period without losing any wit, charm or sense of wonder. 40 books in 30 years, is a phenomenal achievement in any field, but to keep things from stagnating and becoming repetitive is nothing short of amazing.
I have to say that this is going to be a rather bias review. My love of Pratchetts work meant I had this pre ordered on audible months before it came out, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. It follows the age of steam engines arriving to the Disc.
As with many of the Discworld novels it follows the parallel tracks of Satire and politics (excuse the pun) and as it follows the jack of all trades Moist von Lipwig in his third outing as a main character. However it also mixes other favourites with everyone from Sam Vimes, The low king of the Dwarfs, Harry King and more making appearances
As with most of Pratchetts work its hard to go into too much detail without giving away the plot, but suffice to say it is a fast paced well oiled machine powering through the Satirical landscape. As with most it can be read as a standalone novel but I would implore you to read the first 39 novels first, or if you don’t have time at least Going Postal and Making Money which introduce you to Moist .
As mentioned this version reviewed is an audiobook read by Stephen Briggs. Once again he brings the characters of the Discworld to life. Recently I have found my ability to sit a read a book severely curtailed in the form of a bouncing baby boy. I have however found myself listening to Audiobooks with increasing frequency. The Discworld novels in audiobook format are some of the best and that is in no small part to Briggs’ talent.
The book is a brilliant anniversary present for Discworld. Happy 30th.
The Audiobook is wonderfully read and well worth it for people who don’t have time to sit and read at the moment.