Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is another roller coaster ride in a different style of writing. It is contemporary thriller fiction and Gillian Flynn proves to be a master of this genre! I had this book recommended to me on our book club site, and by my daughter. She and Mom couldn't wait till I read it, and I could see why. It's excellent. You will not be disappointed in this twisting, interesting tale. I also waited to see the movie until after I read the book, and I now have a Netflix disc waiting over on the TV table...our daughter wants to come over and watch it (again for her) with us! :-)
From my blog friend Stewart, here is another of his reviews. Because of this review, I realized that a huge chunk of my childhood literary education was missing because I had never read The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham! I had never read it to my daughter or grandson. So I set out to correct this mistake of mine, and bought a used paperback copy and have been reading this wonderful, delightful tale! Now, I can read The Wild Wood as well. Here is Stewart's review:
The Wild Wood - Jan Needle 4/5
This book is a cracking re-telling of the classic, The Wind in the Willows.
If Wind In the Willows is a view from the river, then this book is a view from the wood. The strength of this version comes from the simple believability of the humanised characters and the voice of Baxter then main narrator.
Some of the tricks of the original remain – such has the (unacknowledged) change in size of the animals depending on need. In the original Toad becomes a washer-women and deals with ‘gypsies’ and similar things happen in the new version.
What is really wonderful about this book is the way that both the original characters and plot lines remain intact and only motivation and purpose change. We don’t have to un-learn anything from the original for the new version to make sense.
And this I think leads to the only issue I have with the book – I really do think you need at least a working knowledge of the plot of Wind in Willows to see how wonderful this book itself is. Which, I suppose leads to the recommendation, that you should read both of them!