The Boundless Sublime – it’s a wrap!

So I read this book on the train (as well as in bed and on the couch) and couldn’t help but think that if anyone happened to notice me reading they’d be wondering what was wrong because I’m sure my face looked a bit like this…

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And this…

scaredcat

And this…

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Um, no, I’m not an orangutan, cat or baby but you get the idea.

Yep, like Game Theory, this book was not exactly relaxing. But man, I got sucked in. The thing I really loved was the slow build. Yes, we understand completely how Ruby – suffering guilt and grief over the death of her brother – falls for dreamy, mysterious Fox. And then, sure why not go to his place, meet his people. And then they’re all so nice and healthy and some of the stuff they say makes sense…it doesn’t feel too cultish.

Let me just get one bug bear off my chest. When Fox talks about ‘Daddy’, I think Ruby’s antennae should’ve gone up. Yes, I know she’s grief-stricken, falling in love, etc, etc, but seriously what teenage boy calls his Dad, Daddy? I’ll tell you – none. The Daddy thing and the fact that he doesn’t know anything about real world stuff – like money, etc – should’ve been ringing big alarm bells. But hey, then she wouldn’t have ended up in a cult and there would’ve been no story right. So, I guess I should suck that up…?

The book was beautifully written and completely compelling. And yes, that twist Rose!! OMG – you think she’s escaped and getting on with the business of recovering when her Mum – yes, her Mum!! – takes her back to the cult lair – AAGH! It was at this point that I was really hoping for a super hero to drop in on the scene. But Ruby’s reversal ie. Kick butt attitude that finally emerged was pretty cool. Let’s just clock the cult leader over the head with a what-was-it? Boltcutters! Yeah, that was cool. Violent, but cool.

So next up The Astrologer’s Daughter – I’m hoping for something a little lighter 😊

Happy Hols, Rosie. A great time to read!

Love you, Mum

PS. Love the spontaneous dance party. Although, you know, last time I had one it ended with a sprained ankle 😦

 

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About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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