This post is a mixed bag as I read The Big Over Easy a few months ago but only just recently finished Love for the cold-blooded and Very Good Lives. Additionally I am in the middle of choosing a few books to fit in the categories as well as finally getting around to reading my previously chosen ones (New Poet I’m looking at you).
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
I have previously read this book many years ago and liked it so much that I picked it for my book club choice. The book is my second hang read as I picked up my copy at a local book shop, the copy is a particularly large one which is itself large print. I usually dislike reading large print books but for the $2 that I paid for the book, I gladly put up with it.
If you have never read Fforde before, you will be surprised by the intertwining and extremely nuanced plots at play. I found with this book, that there were lots of little nods and jokes made about nursery rhymes and other such tales, some I got some I didn’t pick up until later when the reference was unmissable.
I absolutely loved this book. Adored even. The story focuses on Pat West, the son of a famous supervillain who as the title suggests, accidentally finds himself dating a superhero. The story is a classic good vs evil one but it is all so fluid, no one side is portrayed as the better. Both are given equal time and justification. Which leads perfectly into how the book fits in with the chosen category.
The books fits in with the bisexual character as the main character, Pat, is you guessed it, bisexual. I really enjoyed this book as sexuality is all so fluid and no big issues are ever made about it, it just is what it is and the story treats it as the most normal thing in the world. I found this so very refreshing! To make things even better, the story and humour had me hooked!
Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
Very Good lives is a print version of J.K. Rowling’s commencement address at Harvard university. The book offers readers visual representations of the ideas that she discusses alongside the text of her speech. One of my favourite quotes from the book is in relation to the different ways in which people can live and value their life.
“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. I wish you all very good lives.”
I was given this book as a gift from friend and enjoyed it a lot. The speech itself is very inspiring and the book is very visually pleasing.