LIAR was a very confusing book. It’s about Micah, a girl, a boy, a werewolf, a liar. We’re never sure whether or not anything she says is true. If everything she says is a lie, then wouldn’t her calling herself a liar be a lie? Thus everything she said would be true? My head is spinning.
LIAR was written to confuse, I think. It’s never confirmed whether or not the protagonist is telling the truth about her life (or if she’s even talking about her life at all). I kind of like it that way. I’d like to imagine this crazy girl telling her story to the police and then being sent to an asylum. I digress.
I was a fan of Justine Larbalestier’s Magic or Madness, so when I heard she had this new book out, I decided to read it and write my essay about it. I wasn’t disappointed. The narrative is well-written; it sounds exactly as if Micah is telling the story. The story is broken up into little bits of Before, After and little bits of Family History, among other less-used headers.
The book starts out with a seemingly-normal scenario, until the narrator admits she hasn’t been telling the complete truth. And then, about 150 pages later, she admits that again, she’s been lying. So it’s really hard to keep the story straight, if it’s a story at all. But I think that’s the point.
Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard:
Johannes Cabal was fantastic! It was so full of humor (which in turn contradicted the dark topic) that I was smirking almost the whole time I was reading.
I’m not sure why this book ticked me so much. Perhaps it’s because the writing was lovely and the characters (especially Johannes) were quite amusing. Undoubtedly my favorite part of reading it was the humor.
I definitely, definitely recommend this. But only to those who have a taste for British humor. If not, it won’t quite hit the spot, because I believe the comedy was a big part of my enjoyment.
I’m definitely on the lookout for the sequel! I look forward to reading more of Johannes’ quirky adventures.
Have you read one of these books? Did you like it? Feel free to share your opinion!