I was turned on to Graham Joyce with "Some Kind of Fairy Tale" and am grabbing every one of his titles. To date, my fav would be Smoking Poppy - he has a fantastic ability of making one laugh in the midst of insanity.
As far as this title, The Year of the Ladybird, I really felt scattered throughout the entire book. A young man takes a Summer job to get away from the stepfather's business - he's drawn to a summer resort town and starts working at a "camp". The details are incredible yet, at times, seemed "lengthy".
As he continues on with work, He meets a few shady men and women and he faces the ghost of his past. In the end, there's really no ghost story to speak of and the love interest is mediocre as well as the 'ladybird'-for those of you in the states - it's ladybugs (I seriously didn't realize that until it was spelled out for me.) Color me stupid, in the end I learned something new..lol
Anyway, I'm satisfied I didn't miss this read. Actually the cover artwork intrigued me to no end but, in my opinion, it's not one of his best weaves. There are some questionable and satisfying moments but I didn't find myself immersed in the tale, strung out for each word then breaking out in abrupt laughter or even a small chuckle as I did in a few of his other tales.
Some of you may know what I'm speaking of - you're in the grip of the read and you quickly take in an incredible blurb and it's just insane, either humorous or frightening, and just have to rewind a few sentences just to take it all in again. This is my feeling about Graham Joyce's books and, unfortunately, The Year of the Ladybird, didn't do it for me at all.
It didn't completely disappoint - I'm off to purchase my next Graham Joyce read, going in for THE EXCHANGE...
UPDATE 2-26-14 - Just noticed a new Joyce book coming on the market - The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit. I had to read the description twice, this new book is the same as The Year of the Ladybird by the same author. Only difference that I can find- the title and the fact that "ladybird" could only be purchased through UK avenues.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; 1 edition (13 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575115327
- ISBN-13: 978-0575115323
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.2 x 12.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
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