I’ve read several Lauren Beukes books over the last few years and I’ve loved each of them. This is definitely the darkest I’ve read of hers. Maybe also one of the darkest books I’ve ever read to be honest. I thought it was going to be more on the mystery side of genre fiction, but it turns out it was really more on the horror side. The thing about Beukes is that no matter what she’s writing about, it’s going to be good because she knows how to tell a story well and her writing is always excellent. The story […]
It wasn’t until after I had finished Zoo City that I realized the author is the same Lauren Beukes who wrote The Shining Girls which is a book I really enjoyed last year. The tonal range between these two novels is huge, so I’m really excited to read more of Beukes’ work. Technically they’re both fantasy, but The Shining Girls is horror mostly rooted in reality except for one piece of magic anchoring the entire tale, whereas Zoo City is infused with magic and a fun mystery romp through a corrupt and falling apart city in South Africa. Zinzi is […]
I don’t usually read books this dark with so much violence. Not that I’m against it, it’s just not my thing. Still, I ended up enjoying The Shining Girls. Lauren Beukes is certainly a talented writer and she did a great job in writing a complicated story that was still cohesive and made sense. The Shining Girls is a bit of a genre mashup. It’s a time travel tale, but it also is very much thriller/horror too. Although there are lots of characters, the story centers on Harper, a creepy killer with access to time travel, Kirby, one of Harper’s […]
I mean. Come on. Just, this author did not have to do any work at all in selling this book to a publisher. And the publisher had no trouble marketing it. Obviously. Time-traveling serial killer sells itself. All this book had to do was show up and it would have been popular, just because we all wanted to read the book about the time-traveling serial killer. Luckily, this book is far from phoned in. It maybe even goes a bit further in the other direction. It was a bit too disjointed and weird and experimental in places, and it didn’t […]
Our bad guy in The Shining Girls is pretty damn creepy, even if he’s never really fleshed out as a character. He’s discovered a run-down house with a wealth of treasures inside, a house that allows him to step out into any year between 1929 and 1993. The house also has a room full of souvenirs, and a wall with names — the names of “shining” girls that Harper will hunt down, or has hunted down, or will hunt down again. “And he’s sorry he ever doubted the House. She’s the one. One of the ones. His shining girls.” Our heroine, […]
Life’s full of regrets, mistakes, lost opportunities and bad memories. Sometimes you can see them in someone’s eyes or the way they act, but sometimes they’re hidden under nonchalance and a bright smile. But imagine if you couldn’t hide it-if everyone could see your past sins in a physical form?
There are three reasons I pushed through The Shining Girls to the end. First, I hate giving up on entertainments half way through. This is also why I stuck with American Horror Story: Freak Show despite it being a fetid pile of rancid bung beetles. Second, I09 was so effusive in their praise I felt like I wasn’t giving it a proper chance. Third, because Wikipedia does not have a complete synopsis. If I’m being honest Reason Third is the most important reason I stuck with it. I wasn’t enjoying it, but I also wasn’t hating it and I did […]
First Gwen Stefani, now Rapunzel? I do have to say, I love her style, especially that bathroom haircut and her final fight outfit with that fuzzy coat that I’m not going to tell you what it’s made of.