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Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness was born on October 17, 1971 near Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He studied English Literature and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He was a corporate writer before moving to London in 1999. He taught creative writing at Oxford University and is a literary critic and näytä lisää reviewer for the Guardian and other major newspapers. He is the author of eight novels including The Rest of Us Just Live Here and a short story collection entitled Topics About Which I Know Nothing. His young adult novels include the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, and Monsters of Men, which won the Carnegie Medal. A Monster Calls won the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration, the Carnegie Medal, and was made into a movie and released in October 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: Debbie Smyth, www.firstthreenoflash.com


Tekijän teokset

The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008) 6,602 kappaletta
A Monster Calls (2011) 5,785 kappaletta
The Ask and the Answer (2009) 3,026 kappaletta
Monsters of Men (2010) 2,608 kappaletta
The Rest of Us Just Live Here (2015) 1,940 kappaletta
More Than This (2013) 1,763 kappaletta
The Crane Wife (2013) 659 kappaletta
Release (2017) 633 kappaletta
The New World (2009) 472 kappaletta
Burn (2020) 464 kappaletta
And The Ocean Was Our Sky (2018) 384 kappaletta
A Monster Calls [2016 film] (1900) — Screenwriter / Original book — 111 kappaletta
The Crash of Hennington (2003) 96 kappaletta
Topics About Which I Know Nothing (2004) 80 kappaletta
Different for Boys (2023) 75 kappaletta
Snowscape (2013) 64 kappaletta
Tip of the Tongue (2013) 64 kappaletta
The Wide, Wide Sea (2013) 63 kappaletta
Class: Joyride (2016) 45 kappaletta
Chaos Walking [2021 film] (2021) — Writer — 36 kappaletta
Chaos Walking: 2 in 1 Omnibus (2010) 16 kappaletta
Chaos Walking: Die Mission (2020) 2 kappaletta
Sorgu ve Sır (2019) 1 kappale
Rumpelstiltskin 1 kappale
Gori (2022) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories (2014) — Avustaja — 273 kappaletta
Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories (2014) — Avustaja — 271 kappaletta
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales (2014) — Avustaja — 254 kappaletta
Doctor Who: 13 Doctors, 13 Stories (2019) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta
Losing It (2010) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta

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Group Read: The Knife of Never Letting Go (, Read YA Lit (helmikuu 2012)


This is one of relatively few free shorts aimed as prequels that I have read that actually really made me want to read the first book in the series.

Only part of that is due to the things lest unresolved - otherwise . . . I really did get to know Viola, and very well, for such a short span of pages that also let me know so much about her world and her family.

Viola is a very believable young woman (not quite a teenager, but definitely showing those years are coming) who not only made me sympathetic to her, but also managed to keep the realism of being so nervous, even perhaps sullen and snappish, about a big change coming in her life.

All the more so for the fact that no one seems to share her fear and loathing for the idea. Which again, fits very well with her age and gives us an easy platform to translate from our own experiences - perhaps I've never gone through any preparations for a change like hers, of course, but I have memories of fearing and hating the prospect of a change as an adolescent and feeling like I was the only one who understood my own worries.

I had already wanted to read the Chaos Walking trilogy, in a vague way - now I will definitely be making an effort to do so. I really enjoyed this prequel, which also stood fairly well as a short in its own right - if one with an ending that leaves the reader wanting more.
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Kalira | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 15, 2024 |
based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd

{stand alone; fantasy, magical realism, young adult, grief, dealing with illness, family}

Siobhan Dowd was an award winning children's author who died from breast cancer in 2007. She had the idea for this book, of a young boy with a mother very ill with cancer but did not get to write it before she died. Ness was asked to write the book, based on her idea. Reading it felt especially poignant knowing this background.

This book was heart-wrenching and so well written, but I don't know if I could read it again. It is told (in the third person) from the point of view of thirteen year old Connor O'Malley - an ordinary, decent boy, easy to identify with - whose mother is very sick. She has been through a few rounds of treatment, obviously for cancer, but the current round doesn't seem to be helping as well as it should. Connor's dad is out of the picture, having remarried and moved to America and his mum's mum is a no-nonsense sort of person whom Connor doesn't get on with at all (though we can see she does care about him). Meanwhile, Connor feels ostracised at school because everyone found out that his mum is sick and they walk on eggshells around him - except for Harry and his followers who constantly bully Connor.

But that's not the worst of it. Connor has a recurring nightmare, of darkness and hands slipping from his grasp which has him waking screaming in terror. So when the yew tree at the top of the hill that his mother always gazes at turns into a monster and breaks into his room, Connor isn't scared (which bewilders the monster a bit).
The monster's eyes widened. Who am I? it said, its voice getting louder. Who am I?
The monster seemed to grow before Conor's eyes, getting taller and broader. A sudden, hard wind swirled up around them, and the monster spread its arms out wide, so wide they seemed to reach to opposite horizons, so wide they seemed big enough to encompass the world.
I have had as many names as there are years to time itself! roared the monster. I am Herne the Hunter! I am Cernunnos! I am the eternal Green Man!
A great arm swung down and snatched Conor up in it, lifting him high in the air, the wind whirling around them, making the monster's leafy skin wave angrily.
Who am I? the monster repeated, still roaring. I am the spine that the mountains hang upon! I am the tears that the rivers cry! I am the lungs that breathe the wind! I am the wolf that kills the stag, the hawk that kills the mouse, the spider that kills the fly! I am the stag, the mouse and the fly that are eaten! I am the snake of the world devouring its tail! I am everything untamed and untameable! It brought Conor up close to its eye. I am this wild earth, come for you, Conor O'Malley.
"You look like a tree," Conor said.
The monster squeezed him until he cried out.
I do not often come walking, boy, the monster said, only for matters of life and death. I expect to be listened to.
The monster loosened its grip and Conor could breathe again. "So what do you want with
me?" Conor asked.
The monster gave an evil grin. The wind died down and a quiet fell.
At last , said the monster. To the matter at hand. The reason I have come walking.
When is a monster not a monster?

The monster will tell Connor three stories and the fourth, well the fourth one will have to come from Connor and will be the story of his nightmare. And so we live Connor's life with him, at home, with his mum, at school, at night with the yew tree monster and even at the hospital.

Short and bitter-sweet. Beautifully written. I'm still dabbing at tears as I write this (and I never cry, I'll have you know).

Wikipedia tells me this was turned into a film in 2016 and later adapted into an award winning play. I see from other reviewers here that their versions had illustrations but, sadly, my e-book did not.

Recommended. When you're ready.

(May 2024)
5 stars
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humouress | 460 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 14, 2024 |

The central idea, the settings and the first few chapters are not bad at all, what with the eerie ash covering everything and the horse and the looming dream/memories, but I stopped believing the whole thing half-way through. The characters are quite bi-dimensional and they do improbable stuff like having long-winded conversations while running around with their knees up to their ears, the Polish boy's speech patterns make me want to gouge my eyes out, and now that I think about it there is a whole lot too much running around, in general, for my taste.

Also, I wasn't at all impressed by the sneaky metafictional nods to the fact that the narrative is heavily plot-driven. I can nearly hear the author thinking "sh*t, I wrote myself into a tragic ending and now I need the cavalry to save the day at the last minute, AGAIN. Shall I rethink my approach to this novel? Nah, let's get the deus ex machina to do my job instead of me, and then I'll make the boy ONCE AGAIN muse on the possibility that this is all a hallucination made up by his brain, BECAUSE THE CAVALRY KEEPS COMING AT THE LAST MOMENT. So maybe the readers will not notice what I have done here. And let's leave the whole mess unsolved once I get to writing the end, because, who cares. I can't be bothered". Seriously, I kept waiting till the end for it to be a major plot twist and... niet. The ending itself would have been decent, if it were not for all the guns appearing in the first act and never ever being given a chance to shoot at the end of the third.

Finally, a question for whom already read this novel: that Terminator guy, was it really necessary, except for creating plot without having to actually write one? Wouldn't have spared us a lot of "this can't be real, it's all too convenient for me" and "oh look I thought you were dead impaled on a metallic leg and instead here you are bruised but fine after losing half your blood"? Are you satisfied with the explanation that nobody really knows anything and who cares, I love y'all anyway and life is beautiful?

All in all, a very good occasion spoilt because of sheer laziness.
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Elanna76 | 85 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2024 |
Ouch, that hurt. This title is so incredibly well written with powerful imagery. I was so wrapped up in this world during the last 1/3 of the book. Tragic, emotional, and yet so beautiful!
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Connverser | 460 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 25, 2024 |



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