Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Soonchild by Russell Hoban

I was recently asked by a freakin' awesome group of book bloggers to do a buddy read of Soonchild by Russell Hoban. Waving at Ana, Chris, Debi, Kelly and Heatheroo! This was Heather's pick, and I can honestly say, it's unlike most books I've ever read!

Blurb from Goodreads: Two internationally acclaimed artists (Hoban and illustrator Alexis Deacon) create a groundbreaking, genre-defying adventure to transcend time, place, and identity. In the cold north where the white wind blows lives Sixteen-Face John, a shaman. His wife is expecting their first child -- a "soonchild." But Soonchild won't come out! So John sets out to find the World Songs that inspire all soonchildren to leave the womb. Along the way, he must shift shape and size, converse with animals and ancestors, and face demons and death. But he also pursues an elusive golden-eyed presence that hints at a connection with his past. This breathtaking novel, as exciting as it is spooky, is a lyrical tribute to the forces of nature, magic, and family.

I'm also feeling supremely lazy, so I'm not going to write up a big long review of this book. I pretty much cover my thoughts in the video review below. Namely...

  • This book reads like an updated native legend
  • The story and language are quirky
  • The artwork is beautiful
  • It seems there are some clever intertextual shout-outs in this piece
All-in-all, this was a departure from my norm, and I loved that! 






Pub. Date: August 2012
Publisher: Candlewick
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763659202
Source: Purchased by moi!



13 comments:

  1. Fun to read your "lazy" review. You are amazing. It still works. But I wouldn't call you lazy. Rather, Driven. What are you doing posting at 2 a.m. ?
    Way, way, way too late for me.

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    1. Barbara, 2am is wayyyy too late for me too. I drafted this one up last week and had it pre-scheduled. I was out until about 11pm last night at Neil Gaiman's signing, and I was up until just after midnight reading. That was plenty late for me! :)

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  2. It sounds different from what I normally read as well but I mean that in a good way. I'd like to give it a try.

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    1. Totally! I hope you can get to it. Lots of fun.

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  3. Cute scarf, btw.

    Interesting concept for a book. How do they know Soonchild doesn't want to be born?

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. Shamany powers! lol That's the best I can describe how he talks to Soonchild.

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  4. I love me some quirk, this sounds like a very unique book :)

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    1. Yeah girl! It is, and it's a super fast read. Good slump buster perhaps.

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  5. Totally added this to the TBR after watching your vlog. I'm loving the strange and quirky books these days. Freshens up the reading a bit since I'm starting to feel some slumpish duldrums. And I have no idea how to spell duldrums.

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    1. AWesome! I hope you like it, Brooke. It's a quick read, too, so good for getting the mojo going.

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  6. So glad you liked this one! It is definitely...different. I'll have to "hear" your review when I get home! :)

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    1. Did you like it?? I don't think you ever really said.

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  7. My question is... What are we reading next. :)

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