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I picked up this book on the recommendation of several Best of horror lists for 2017. Overall I enjoyed the book but i am left feeling a bit underwhelmed. Several reviews touted the brutality that peppers the book but it is evident that Cornell is somewhat out of his element. His sparse prose works well when describing the bleary English countryside but renders what should be horrific moments of violence feel a bit too mundane, with the exception of Andrew's opening disfigurement which will make every reader squirm. Cornell also captures the effects of bullying on both abuser and the victim very well. while several elements did feel a bit too forced--I laughed aloud when it is revealed that one of Andrew's classmates can predict the future using number one radio singles lyrics--the overall surreal atmosphere of the book does pull the reader in very effectively. Worth a read but not for everyone.
I made the mistake of beginning this audiobook last thing at night, the evening before a day I'd made a lot of plans for.
So gripping that I listened throughout the night, cancelled everything I'd planned that day.
Thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is an interesting clash of school life with the old magic of an Alan Garner book. Grange Hill, it is not. You really have no idea of where it is going until you are almost at the end. A compelling read.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Chalk?
The initial incident that sets of the chain of events in this story is horrific and had me cringing while listening to it.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The scenes with Angie explaining how the number ones question/answer "magic" worked and the Halloween disco ate the end of the book.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
High School the Musical - The British Version (Done right)
Any additional comments?
Having read this book, I think that Paul Cornell needs to be in some form of therapy. I certainly need it now.
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