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She came to realise that under one reality there's always another. And another one under that.
Only very special people are chosen by children's author Laura White to join 'The Society', an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a 10th member has been selected: Ella, literature teacher and possessor of beautifully curving lips.
But soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual, 'The Game'? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura's winter party, in a whirlwind of snow? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another 10th member, before her? Slowly, disturbing secrets that had been buried come to light....
In this chilling, darkly funny novel, the uncanny brushes up against the everyday in the most beguiling and unexpected of ways.
Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, born in 1966, is one of Finland's best-kept secrets. A novelist and short-story writer, he is well known for his fantasy and sci-fi narratives and has twice won the Kuvastaja Fantasy Prize given by Finland's Tolkien Society and four times won the Atorax Award for Fantasy. He teaches Finnish language and literature and is the father of three sons.
"Wonderfully knotty... a very grown-up fantasy masquerading as quirky fable. Unexpected, thrilling and absurd" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Charming, chilling and gripping from its very first page" ( Bizarre)
"Sly wit... characterises The Rabbit Back Literature Society" ( Metro)
"Charming and intriguing, switching from playful to creepy to heartfelt and back again... good fun" ( The Bookbag)
"The Rabbit Back Literature Society is a lobster pot of a book... an exquisite balance of suspense, precision-engineered structure and darkly playful humour... fascinating. And fun." 5-star review, ( SFX)
"A novel about big questions ... wonderful characters... amazing" ( TQR Stories)
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By Beth Anne on 11-19-14
doesn't live up to the hype
this book was good, not great. interesting concept. well written, sort of. there was not a lot there for me to grab onto or care about. the mystery at the heart of the story, never solved...so disappointing there. the magical realism in the story was cool, until it wasn't....because it went nowhere and kind of just made me ask more questions that were never answered.
i don't need all questions answered in a book. i'm not the "wrap this up and make everything happy" type of reader. but it would be nice to have SOME resolution. i felt that everything in this book just led to more questions and more and more and more. i feel like there were pieces of several different stories started in this book that weren't fleshed out, and therefor it they just lingered in my memory...with expectations of revisitation that were never fulfilled.
the violence in it was strange. i found it somewhat jarring in such a novel, but perhaps because it's not an American author there is something lost in translation? i mean, who twists someone's nose and/or cheek and or mouth until it bleeds while playing a "truth or truth" type game? Idk it seemed out of place.
there were a lot of interesting concepts in the story, but i'm just not 100% convinced the final execution was for me.
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By Amazon Customer on 04-17-15
Overall I enjoyed this story, it's well written and has some interesting concepts and characters but it felt unresolved and although all the charcters were moved forward in their stories it dd not feel like the any of the bigger questions posed were answered. Despite this, the book's strengths are enough to recommend it. Kate Rawson also did a good job with the material and has a sweet voice.
By Amazon Customer on 01-26-15
Quirky, enticing and unexpected.
I was not sure I would enjoy this and put it off for a while. I was delighted to be wrong. The Rabbit Back Literature Society is an exclusive group of writers, becomming a member is almost impossible. Ella Milano is the first new member in more than 20 years. But in a world of ice, snow and infectious books anything can happen and it does. The book charmed me, the brilliant and unexpected finale was the best.