Twilight left a mostly a positive impression upon me. I found room for general praise in my review of that book, for taking classic gothic elements and fusing them into modern fiction in a manner appealing to many, and not just to Stephenie Meyer’s agent. Enter then its sequel.
New Moon opens with Bella dreaming. She dreams of doomed love with her boyfriend Edward Cullen; but is there any other type betwixt vampire and mortal human woman, in popular fiction anyhow, anywhere in the known universe? The obvious questions regarding such a tie-up that are lingering on readers’ minds clearly aren’t exclusive to them alone. Click here to read more.. »
At its heart The Leaping is a novel of relationships, and of individuals intertwined together as they make their way through the melancholy and bittersweet paths of early adult life. The focus is on several friends who live together and all work at the same call-centre in Manchester, as they experience the fun and frustrations afforded by their environment.
Work is dull, the atmosphere and duties vacuous, but bills must be paid after all, and the group of friends compensate for a hard day at the office by enjoying good company over numerous shared activities. Be it a night out on the town, a team game of Mario Kart, joint bemusement at the quirky behaviours of others in their clique, there is a solid support foundation should any of them need it.
Told from the first person perspective of different members of the group, but primarily of male leads Jack and Francis, the novel spends a fair amount of time grounding us in the lives of its charges. Fletcher does a great job of setting the scene and explaining the individual dynamics of the composite group members. Each is more fully fleshed out through anecdotes from other characters, who also share their own thoughts and worries, and also through the identity ascribed them by their own tastes in films, books, music and games. Click here to read more.. »