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The Book of M: A Novel av Peng Shepherd
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The Book of M: A Novel (utgåvan 2018)

av Peng Shepherd (Författare)

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"Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself. One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man's shadow disappears--an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max's shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless. As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure. Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down"--… (mer)
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Titel:The Book of M: A Novel
Författare:Peng Shepherd (Författare)
Info:William Morrow (2018), Edition: First American Edition, 496 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek, Lästa men inte ägda
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A beautiful but strange story about trying to hold on to who you are when so much is stacked against you.
  GretchenCollins | Dec 10, 2020 |
This novel is brilliant. To think that it’s the author’s very first novel just blows me away.
I was held spellbound from the very first sentence, and if I could remember who on Facebook recommended this novel to me, I would kiss them right on the cheek. I’m literally going to buy this audiobook as soon as possible.

I grew to love the characters, and felt their hopes and fears, their ups and downs, and enjoyed every single minute of this weirdly familiar, but astonishing novel. I *felt* everything poor Max was feeling, and worrying about - and NOT just because I have many health issues that cause some serious brain fog so I could literally compare us together. Max and Ori, and Nuz - hell, everyone was written so damn well...!
Then the last chapter came along, and about two thirds the way through it, the twist happened, and it was like a kick in the gut.... I must have said, “Jesus...!!” a little louder than I’d thought, because suddenly my hubby was looking at me with concern, and I had to say that this novel astonished me. I cannot believe that author did that.... and at the same time? SO WELL DONE. Dayummmm, that’s some good writing...!

I literally cannot recommend this novel any more than I already do. I don’t care if you’re sick to death of dystopian novels, this one is better!
Oh, and James Fouhey and Emily Woo Zeller are really great narrators. The audiobook is well worth the wait, if you’re trying to get it from your local library. I literally cannot wait until this amazingly talented author writes another novel. I hope it’s very soon, too.....!

5 massive, bright and shining stars.
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1 rösta stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
The Book of M reads like a very long game of exquisite corpse where more and more stuff happens in a never-ending logorrheal discharge of events; and that may sound like I didn't like it, but this game of exquisite corpse actually made for an entertaining book, the kind of 'entertaining' where from one sentence to the next you will say "whaaa?" and finding yourself agog with the notion that someone exists in the world, a writer named Peng Shepherd, whose connection with logic is loose enough to have written it.

That's the part I liked. The part I didn't like is that the book is essentially a very long con, a quest story so familiar that it all but promises a certain kind of ending, but delivers instead a "fooled you" reveal in its final pages that left me disgruntled. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
Dreadful waste of time. ( )
  KatrinaRedahan | Feb 20, 2020 |
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...this is a deeply layered book ... Those who love brain puzzles will find much enjoyment in The Book of M, which is impeccably well-written ... Alas, the book eventually does not succeed in holding one’s interest because, at almost 500 pages, it is overlong and, by the mid-way point, things start getting sillier and sillier. Peng Shepherd, the book’s author (making her debut here), has a penchant for writing her characters into corners that are inescapable ... There are plot twists that you don’t see coming, but they, too, may make your eyeballs roll ... All in all, I found The Book of M to have a crackling good start, a ponderous mid-section and an unintentionally hilarious finale ... It is an entertaining book.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraMedium, Zachary Houle (Jun 8, 2018)
 
Shepherd has constructed an exceedingly thoughtful and clever story that is perfectly paced and intricately plotted, producing a narrative filled with a genuine sense of urgency, thrilling twists and jaw-dropping revelations. Instantly absorbing, The Book of M is a scary, surprising, sad and sentimental story that will be deeply felt by readers while capturing their imaginations and hearts.
 
An apocalyptic future in which an epidemic dubbed the Forgetting robs large swaths of the world’s population of their shadows and memories—causing them to work dangerous magic—sets the scene for Shepherd’s exciting debut.... Though its characters sometimes slide into tropes, Shepherd’s debut is graceful and riveting, slowly peeling back layers of an intricately constructed and unsettling alternate future.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraPublishers Weekly (Apr 2, 2018)
 

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They stared. New York was being destroyed by its own monster. At least three times her original size, the emerald woman rose up between two skyscrapers, the huge torch in her hand blazing with real fire. With a deafening roar, she lifted the tablet in her other arm and brought it down on top of a building, flattening it to the ground. Shock waves skipped across the water as the green hands tore into the wreckage.
Naz couldn’t understand what she was seeing. “It’s almost kind of beautiful,” she finally said as the giant woman tossed the hem of her long robe behind her, crushing everything in its path. Glass and metal sprayed like silver confetti as buildings collapsed. Somewhere just south of Central Park, from where the statue had been a few minutes earlier, an explosion rose up in an angry dark cloud. Her crown glinted in the orangy dusk. “Horrible, but beautiful.”
There’s a difference between when the mind forgets and the heart does. The memory means more, the more it’s worth to you—and to who you are. The heart has a harder time letting go. But what happens when you refuse to let go of a delicate thing as it’s being pulled away from you? It stretches. Then it tears.
But even if I never say it, it's still real, because a thing does not have to be said to be real. It just has to be remembered.
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"Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself. One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man's shadow disappears--an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max's shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless. As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure. Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down"--

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