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The Absolute Book: A Novel (original 2019; edição 2021)

por Elizabeth Knox (Autor)

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Taryn Cornick believes that the past is behind her ́ her sister ́s death by violence, and her own ill-conceived revenge. She has chosen to live a life more professional than personal. She has written a book about the things that threaten libraries ́ insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring. The book is a success, but not all of the attention it brings her is good. There are questions about a fire in the library at Princes Gate, her grandparents ́ house, and about an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter. A policeman, Jacob Berger, has questions about a cold case. There are threatening phone calls. And a shadowy young man named Shift appears, bringing his shadows with him. Taryn, Jacob, Shift ́ three people are driven towards a reckoning felt in more than one world.… (mais)
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Título:The Absolute Book: A Novel
Autores:Elizabeth Knox (Autor)
Informação:Viking (2021), 640 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca, Kindle
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The Absolute Book por Elizabeth Knox (2019)

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While The Absolute Book opens as a contemporary crime thriller, each new part turns the narrative, adding layers of complexity and backstory. The murder of Taryn’s sister sparks a chain of events that pull the listener through a labyrinth of worlds and myths. Duff’s narration keeps the reader centered as urban fantasy, ancient folklore, and bygone religions push Taryn Cornick deeper into the world of the Firestarter, an infamous scroll box whose provenance leaves a quake of library fires – from which it always survives. From cops to killers, from sidhe to ravens, Duff provides distinct voices to a wide cast of characters. As the plot turns and the characters evolve, Duff anchors Taryn’s normality to shelter the listener against the mental buffets of Taryn’s new reality. One woman’s story leads into the realm of gods, angels, and demons as all pursue the cypher key to a language that can command nature. ( )
  ktoonen | Mar 19, 2021 |
If you are a fan of fantasy and enjoy poking your head into clouds or just want to immerse yourself into other worldliness, then this will be an enjoyable read. Suspend believe, relax and go with the flow and you will experience an epic journey. Beautifully written and descriptive, transporting you to a stunning world, peaceful, simple and happy; it is very enticing. I really got a sense of Sidhe, and much preferred these escapades and found myself wishing they would last longer.

The weak point for me were the characters themselves, they felt cold, insubstantial, lacking in emotional depth, which jarred and niggled each time I tried to enjoy it. Taryn is stoic, not fazed by anything, taking everything in her stride searching for an arcane book that has survived several library fires over many years, latterly in her grandfather’s library at Princes Gate. She feels compelled to find it, but the compulsion feels strangely muted. She isn't unduly rattled with MI5 watching her or that DI Berger suspects she is responsible for her sister's murderer's death. When Taryn and Jacob first found themselves in Sidhe, their subdued reaction puzzled and confused me, they almost behaved as though it were the most natural thing in the world.

This is one of those books where I like it and dislike it in almost equal measure. It feels like a first draft, the pieces aren’t quite fitting together, it needs more fleshing out, the characters given more substance. Perhaps I haven’t read enough Fantasy.

I plan to read another book by Elizabeth Knox as I do like her writing style and descriptive narrative, it had me fully immersed in places. I am interested to find out if the disconnected feeling I have about this book is part of her style or just this book. ( )
  Matacabras | Mar 19, 2021 |
The Absolute Book is going on a shelf with Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale as they seem to pair well together, both being stories you'll think about and reread parts of again and again. They're both fantasy books that incorporate a lot of other references and history, well-written with thought-provoking themes.
Taryn Cornick is an author who writes about the destruction and preservation of libraries. She is driven by the murder of her older sister Beatrice and the Firestarter, a mysterious scroll, that started a fire in her own grandfather's library. By the time her book comes out, she's being pursued by the police, demons, MI-5, the sidhe, and a strange young man named Shift. Some of this has to do with a revenge plot against Beatrice's murderer, and some have to do with the Firestarter. The story winds in multiple ways through various settings, but I never minded the journey. There are all sorts of side stories that the author manages to tie up into a cohesive relationship to the main story.
There are also a lot of Judeo-Christian, Norse, pop culture, and Arthurian legend references to digest sprinkled throughout the book. I found it a bit jarring at first, but again, the author manages to weave these disparate threads into the story.
The ending was a pleasant and pleasing surprise. I'm giving the book 4 1/2 stars rounded up, only because I thought the action scenes were often confusing; I usually had to work them out in my mind what the author meant for the characters to be doing. As a side note, while the settings are diverse, both in our world and others, I was especially pleased to see the references to the Wye Valley, Offa's Dyke Path, Tintern Abbey, and the Devil's Pulpit. I hiked there a few years ago, and the author does a wonderful job in evoking that area. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Feb 18, 2021 |
An infinitely-layered bibliospheric fever dream of a book. I found it simultaneously fascinating and frustrating, lovely and prickly, inviting and off-putting. I'm going to have to read it many times, and I expect I'll find many new things in it each time. ( )
  JBD1 | Mar 8, 2020 |
This both engrossed me and held me at arm's length; beautifully written and sometimes opaque and abstract. At the end I didn't have any particular feeling towards it. Perhaps I need to immerse myself again without distractions and winkle out the details Knox has placed in it. What I did notice is this is such a New Zealand book, even though almost none of it is actually set in New Zealand. The land of Sidhe with its tussock, wetlands, earth ovens, pukeko, and eels is Aotearoa. ( )
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This is all to say that the experience of reading the New Zealand writer Elizabeth Knox’s contemporary fantasy novel The Absolute Book reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or The Left Hand of Darkness or His Dark Materials or, to move out of genre, Life After Life or The Underground Railroad. I felt that my position in relation to the book’s capacious intellect and imagination and moral purpose was a vertiginous one. It was thrilling and frightening, reading this book.
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When Taryn Cornick's sister was killed, she was carrying a book.
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First edition published in New Zealand in 2019. A slightly revised version was published in the US in 2021.
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Taryn Cornick believes that the past is behind her ́ her sister ́s death by violence, and her own ill-conceived revenge. She has chosen to live a life more professional than personal. She has written a book about the things that threaten libraries ́ insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring. The book is a success, but not all of the attention it brings her is good. There are questions about a fire in the library at Princes Gate, her grandparents ́ house, and about an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter. A policeman, Jacob Berger, has questions about a cold case. There are threatening phone calls. And a shadowy young man named Shift appears, bringing his shadows with him. Taryn, Jacob, Shift ́ three people are driven towards a reckoning felt in more than one world.

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