You're going to find some of my actions frustrating. I'm hard to live with, maddening, uneven - I get that. But I can't stand around listing my faults, or we'll be here for ever. All I ask right now is that you indulge me. For as long as it lasts, this is going to be one hell of a ride.
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By Drew on 26-04-2015
Avoid reading too much background
Try this if you liked The Universe verus Alex Wood
I didn't read any background information about this novel before I read/listened to it - I was drawn to it because I thoroughly enjoyed 'Alex Wood'. I'm sure I benefited from picking-up clues and gradually realising the direction of travel, rather than knowing where the novel was heading.
'Melody Black' confirms Extence's as a very fine writer. There's a dramatic opening chapter, then a slow build-up to a frenetic peak, which is followed by the fall-out. Like Alex Wood, it changes tone (in a good way!).
It's quirky and moving and a very good novel.
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By Amazon Customer on 27-08-2016
Meaningful story of life with mental health struggles
'They" said Donna Tartt couldn't write a book in the 1st person about a boy/young man, & they were wrong. I wonder if "they' said Gavin couldn't do the same writing about a young women? Not only did he succeed so well to portray the mind of a woman, but also to portray a mind suffering bouts of insanity. i would have liked the story of the Mirror World to be a bit more pithy, or take a bigger stage (not centre stage) though. It just seemed that somehow the story lacked a bit. I would have liked there to have been say a science fiction type turn into the mirror world - something anyway to deliver a crescendo. In the end I was feeling "oh, is that it?'
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