A scattered journey through Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

A scattered journey through Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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You thought you were prepared for this book. You were, and I can’t stress this enough, not. You loved Gideon the Ninth. In fact, you may have uttered words like “best book of 2019”, “genius” and “most fun I ever had reading a book in decades” and also “this book eviscerated me from inside like lyctor soup”. So coming to Harrow the Ninth with your SOUL eviscerated by the previous book, dehydrated from sobbing your heart out and grieving but with your feelings and your memory somewhat dulled by time and by pretending things would be ok, you realise something very soon into the narrative that… This is not Gideon the Ninth. Because there is NO GIDEON. At least, not in a certain way. You thought you may have been prepared for that given the end of the first book. The joke is on you, silly knuckle. This new rollercoaster is a feverish dream of an unreliable second person narrative that does the UNPARDONABLE sin of rewriting memory and erasing a certain personage from most of the narrative. You do however, love unreliable narratives and narrators and this one is so cleverly done. It is unpardonable though because it hurts […]

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