Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Vellum: the Book Of All Hours by Hal Duncan
So I finally finished Vellum and I tell you now, that is 10 days of my life I will not see again. Probably the dullest, most pointless read going. Dreary, repetitive, confusing. When you finish the book there is no sense of completion. It reads like the ramblings of either a confused person on their deathbed or a cannabis smoking student. The only good thing about the book is the sense of achievement you get from finishing it, like you've run a marathon. Not only is this the worst book so far on my challenge, it's the worst book I've read in my life and I don't say that lightly. Do not read this book unless you want to lose inches off your life and IQ points. 0/5
The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis
The title is somewhat misleading. You expect it to be perhaps a spy or crime book. CSI or MI6 it ain't. The only informing is from the various characters of the book, informing you of their spoilt lives of luxury, with a chapter dedicated to each one. Cue a lot of spoilt rich kids, spoilt rich wives and all of them addicted to valium. It's not an unplesant book to read but again, rather pointless. It just finished with no sense of any kind of structure. You expect it to build up to some sort of meeting where all of the characters are present but it doesn't, it sort of fizzles and then boom. The end. 3/5
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
I don't know what it is but this is the third book I've read in a row where the ending is so dull. I keep expecting things to happen or come to a conclusion but no such luck. The beginning and end sections about the 'main character' (although it switches to the viewpoints of other characters too) are quite dull. The people are dull. And even events of people getting killed in road accidents are just flat and melancholic.
Things pick up when we go back in time to find out the story of the Native American drum, which is the centrepiece of the story. Certainly it gets more interesting, you feel these characters more vivdly. You feel more immersed in their way of life.
But again, the book gets ruined by an ending that is no real completion. It's almost as though it was hurriedly written due to boredom or deadlines. If the author were to go back and put a bit more time into the ending, it would benefit it immensely. 3/5