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Y all the neighbourhood cats including Marnie’s loyal tom Mr Knuckles and Marnie herself a copywriter is plagued by insomnia and literally at a loss for wordsIn the midst of the disorder and of all the aid that could arrive it is Jericho who returns to Marnie’s doorstep Is he the playful imaginary companion of her childhood or the misanthropic possibly homicidal but u This was beautifully written and served up so much potential but then it spiralled into nothingness with an immensely disatisfying end

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Advice for Strays

Ndeniably real manifestation of her despair Whatever he is Jericho is angry He doesn’t want to be here but in order to be free of the ties that bind him to Marnie he has to find out what is wrong with her and fix it before irreparable damage is doneAn utterly original and hugely imaginative debut ADVICE FOR STRAYS is a novel about love loss and a very unusual friendship This book seems to have stumped a large amount of the book club almost half the people at the meeting had not managed to read through to the end Some also said they might not finish it after hearing what was discussed in the meetingWe all felt that the book was very well written it read very easily even though the topic itself was very confusing Many people in the club felt that although they weren t gripped enough to want to pick the book up as often as they felt they should once they had picked it up they got drawn back in very uickly Some people found the little chapters to be a hinderance to their getting drawn into the book others felt that this gave some good natural breaks to the narrationThe reason why so many people weren t gripped by the book was because it didn t have much of a plot but then that s not what this book is about It was felt that the book didn t go anywhere much things just seemed to happen without much obvious direction The ending we found to be good but it wasn t much of a resolution but then again this is realistic than many neat endings in other booksThe main source for discussion came from the lion Jericho and whether he was real or not There seems to be a lot of evidence in the book to say that he was very real at certain points But then again how can a lion be really living in a suburban street and talking to a person We had a short discussion on what we each do to give ourselves confidence in the same way that Marnie uses Jericho This gave us some insight into the reasons why someone would invent an imaginary friend later in life Eventually we all agreed that Jericho is a very subjective character in the book everyone seemed to interpret him very differentlyOverall we gave the book a 4 out of 10 with marks ranging from 0 to 7

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Marnie’s schizophrenic father has gone missing again But this is the longest he’s ever been gone and the pressure of the unknown weighs heavily upon Marnie’s mind Her younger sister Jess’s response is to spend her days sitting on the sofa obsessively plucking out her eyelashes one by one on top of that something ominous appears to Advice for PDF or have scared awa I am someone who tends to ravish books from cover to cover in a gluttenous devouring orgy of literary hunger Every book in front of me is a meal Every meal time feels like it is the first after a famine that lasted an eternityWhich is why I wanted to change my eating habits when I recieved a copy of Justine s bookActually that s not trueI read the first eight chapters before UK postage stamp on the packaging hit the floorI stopped I realised that this was an amazing bookIt was a literary dessertSo I started againI would only allow myself one chapter at a timeI would only read one chapter after I completed my other tasks and dutiesI even employed a greasemonkey script to block out any mention of the book especially reviews until I was done just so I can savour it without any influenceSo it is has taken a while and I enjoyed every delicous word that tugged at my fierce heartThe first chapter the very first page struck struck me with an immediate impact The words entered my mind and entwinded themselves around the strings of my heart and the loose ends of my mindNot since reading The Bell Jar has an author grabbed my mind and had it walking around in a new skull The strength of the words were immediate Vice like in their hold However instead of crushing or restraining there was a gentleness It was a firm hug It that stroked the nuerons to remind them that this was a journey they wanted to take Take they didEach chapter was a short story in and of itself Each was engrossing and filled me with mixed emotions So difficult to explain the intertwining of sadness festivity loss happiness dreary reality fairytale magic dark fears and mesmerising hopeThere are so many subtexts that ride throughout each chapter and across the book Whether it is the constant fear of loss of her father the family ties the grip on reality even her friendship to the unspoken fear and facing the possibility of her own beautiful mind being afflicted with the same disease the stories within stories the unwritten words that sit between those that were already lovingly crafted are just as powerful and deliciousThe words are amazing There is a true depth of emotion that shines through like a tolling bell A kurt ness and style that I am convinced Vonnegut would approve of A love for the magical and the hidden that the likes of Pratchett and Gaiman would appreciate Finally the twist of phrase and shining eye of absurdity that those of us who have had the pleasure to interact with her have come to appreciate is one of the most shining aspects of her beingJustine has written a book that will forever be one of my top ten books to read and recommend Thank you for doing so


10 thoughts on “Advice for Strays

  1. says:

    I am someone who tends to ravish books from cover to cover in a gluttenous devouring orgy of literary hunger Every book in front of me is a meal Every meal time feels like it is the first after a famine that lasted an eternityWhich is why I wanted to change my eating habits when I recieved a copy of Justine's boo

  2. says:

    Beautiful The thing that struck me the most about this book is how Justine is able to perfectly convey the atmosphere—the sights sounds smell the feel—of a moment thus succeeding in making the surreal as authentic as being there

  3. says:

    This is a strange bookIt's hard to know if I can say than that without giving away the plot if there is a plot Or giving away what happens to the characters and what they do It is also a bit confusing because so

  4. says:

    The words were carefully chosen and I often found myself re reading passages just because of the way the words fit together Reading

  5. says:

    This is one of the weirder books I've read I found it depressing and a struggle to get through I didn't like all the switching narrators and didn't like the main character either Bit of a silly book choice for me

  6. says:

    This was beautifully written and served up so much potential but then it spiralled into nothingness with an immen

  7. says:

    i really didn't expect this to break my heart

  8. says:

    This book seems to have stumped a large amount of the book club almost half the people at the meeting had not managed to read through to the end Some also said they might not finish it after hearing what was discussed in

  9. says:

    The story is so painfully slow that I decided to stop reading halfway through It takes almost 100 pages before she even met Jericho I felt cheated because I genuinely like the synopsis and the base plot But everything in t

  10. says:

    I had to read it slowly because it made me feel too many things to read uickly