I finally finished reading “Lullabye” by Chuck Palahniuk. For a smallish book it took me an embarrassingly long time to finish it. I’ve been carrying it around for weeks catching a few pages here and a few pages there over lunch hours and in waiting rooms, but whenever I had a significant block of free time I would want to spend it on my writing so the book kept getting put to the side like a second thought.

It was a good read. Profoundly strange, but good. I liked the concept (a reporter discovers a magic song that can kill people has been printed in a book of children’s poetry) and the beginning had a nice momentum to it, but about halfway through I lost my sense of direction and want sure what the point, theme, or objective was anymore. Maybe that was the point, for all I know. It’s hard for me to say whether this confusion was because of the books structure and plotting or if it was because my focus was so divided between reading and writing and I wasn’t giving it the attention it deserved.

It probably didn’t help that I was also reading another book at the same time: “The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo. Or rather, I was listening to “The Snowman” on audiobook every day on my commute. It was the book we selected for our book club, and I didn’t want to risk not finishing it by the time the next meeting rolled around, and I figured I could listen to the audiobook in the car. It turned out to be a good way to make rush hour tolerable and as a captive audience for two hours of the day, I managed to finish it in one week. As a mystery/thriller, I like to think I would have gotten through it quickly on the natural suspense. I figured out who the killer was almost as soon as he was mentioned, but had to wait until nearly the very end to find out whether or not I was right, so it was still good entertainment.

Anyway, I’m onto a new book now but haven’t quite gotten into it yet: another crime fic/mystery that I pulled off the shelf for the sole reason that it had the Chicago skyline on the spine, so we’ll see if it is any good.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 17, 2019.

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