So far I’ve been unable to do much of a book review about a BIB (Blissfully Ignorant Book) and keeping within The Rules, without robbing you of the chance of reading it Blissfully Ignorantly too.
However, with I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes I do have something I can say.
As you can see I’ve been busy, for me anyway, reading. This is a big book (700 paper pages apparently – I’m reading the e-book version). I am thoroughly enjoying it. Not just as a book, but as a BIB.
It starts well. I thought I had it pegged, a good book of its genre. But it quickly changed into something else. I think that is the key to a good BIB; surprise, changing genre, unexpectedly finding yourself in a situation alongside the characters and wondering how you’re going to get back.
Now 15% of the way through I’m not sure what I’m reading! Brilliant! The author is laying out a series of questions like a trail of breadcrumbs for me, which I hope lead along a path where they are all answered or consumed! The books I love best are like that as I’ve blogged about before. There’s plenty of swapping between story lines, not sure how they are going to come together, but it looks pretty massive in scope from here. Can the author pull it off I wonder?
I would probably have ignored this book in a bookshop as too serious. I’m very glad I was recommended this book. I wonder if the author will sustain my interest and recommendation as a BIB. This is the first BIB since starting this blog that I would highly recommend.
Why not try it? Read along with me. But don’t look at reviews etc. I can tell you that Amazon has lots of ratings and they’re all around 4-5 stars!