The Ink Drinker

Residing in Upstate NY.

19 years old.

Bookseller, College Student, Avid Reader, Explorer of the Strange

The White Forest: A Novel

The White Forest - Adam McOmber I wanted to like this book, the concept is interesting and the characters play nicely off each other. But something about the book left me feeling deflated. The premises is different from any fantasy or gothic novel I’ve read before. Jane Silverlake has the ability to “see the souls of man-made objects.” And through physical contact she can share this gift. At first I was put-off by her ability, how can an inanimate object have a “soul”? While the synopsis on the back describes it as such, I think it’s more accurate to say that Jane feels the energy of the objects. They make lightheaded and feel ill and as the story progresses, her ability causes her to have flashbacks of the object’s life. Jane shares her gift with her friends Nathan and Madeline. Things take a turn for the worst when Nathan becomes too obsessed with Jane’s unique talent and finds himself trapped under the eyes of cult leader, Ariston Day. He goes missing and it’s up to the well-know inspector Vidocq to find him. But Jane and Madeline, who share romantic feelings for Nathan, can’t let Vidocq know the truth. In a desperate attempt to save their friend, Jane and Madeline must break the boundaries of reality. What I couldn’t get over was how little I cared about the characters. The romantic aspects of the novel were dry and predictable. I stuck with it out of curiosity, I will give the author that much. While this novel was entertaining (and even promising at first), it was lacking. A debut novel without much meat. There were parts that I found enjoyable but at one point I gave up reading it word for word and just skimmed the rest of the novel because it was moving so slow. I felt like nothing was reaching a resolution. The ending itself had a twist which helped boost my opinions of it, it was an ending that gave an solid explanation but was less than satisfying.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell This book provided me two things: a laugh-out-loud source of entertainment for a couple hours (another easy read!) and a reason to shake my head at the ignorance/lack of common sense of some people. Jen Campbell has collected some hilarious encounters that booksellers around the world have had, some are plain entertaining, some sad, some shocking, but most all, the things people say are just flat out surprising. More than once I found myself gasping and thinking, “There’s just no way they actually said that.” But it’s true, sad and true and of course, funny.There’s not much more to say than that, you’ll finish it in one sitting and won’t regret it.