The String Diaries

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Published January 6th by Mulholland Books first published More Details Original Title. The String Diaries 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The String Diaries , please sign up. This is one of the books published by Mulholland Books you cannot purchase for Kindle - correct? See 2 questions about The String Diaries…. Lists with This Book.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. View all 58 comments. Let me correct the assumption. This is not a page-turner. This book is a chapter-turner. I admit there are moments when I just skipped some paragraphs because the descriptions bore me out.

But wait until the chapter ends and you'll want to throttle the author because either he did another cliffhanger or he shocked the hell out of you. The story revolves around some mythical beings from Hungary and I've never heard of them before. I'm interested in mythology especially the Greek Mythology because Let me correct the assumption. I'm interested in mythology especially the Greek Mythology because their lives are full of tragedy it makes me feel good about my short miserable life.

Bitter much.

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Back to what I was saying. There's this guy who was sooo not right in the head and due to some unfortunate events which I will not discuss, this creature which we will call The motherfucker who everybody wants to die decided to stalk this family for almost a century. Then the motherfucker who everybody wants to die originally fell in love with a girl and because even though this is part-mythology, the tragedy still follows those who are fucked up.

Some things happened and he decided to follow the girl and all her descendants who looked exactly like her till the end of time.. I love the way the author tells us the whole story in three different era. I'm not familiar with the Hungarian folklore but I'm all good with learning new stuff. Isn't that weird or what? View all 11 comments. Hannah arrives at a safe house in the middle of nowhere with a sleeping daughter and a bleeding husband.

In a frantic attempt to save his life, she invites in a complete stranger to clean and close the wounds. The book is about a lot more than that, trust me, but to fully Hannah arrives at a safe house in the middle of nowhere with a sleeping daughter and a bleeding husband. I liked the use of travelling through time so to speak to expand and flesh out the mythology surrounding the villainous Jakab and his relentless pursuit of Hannah and her predecessors.

Also posted Every Read Thing Oct 18, Eh? It's been a long time since I've burned through a book like this - in one day and snapping at my dear mother for not letting me ignore the family during dinner and just read - so while I'm not usually drawn to suspenseful stories like this, I've got to recognize how gripping this was. I was quite gripped. It's hard to describe this without giving away the many payoffs.

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The synopsis did a pretty good job of giving the intro bits only. The story skips around in time and for once they were all comp It's been a long time since I've burned through a book like this - in one day and snapping at my dear mother for not letting me ignore the family during dinner and just read - so while I'm not usually drawn to suspenseful stories like this, I've got to recognize how gripping this was.

The story skips around in time and for once they were all compelling enough that I didn't feel too tempted to skip ahead in order to stick with the one I was on. This would make a jump and twitch inducing movie if it were ever picked up by those people. I found the character descriptions much more vivid than the ones for scenery, which I had trouble visualizing because the people were standing out in such high relief.

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Towards the end, I got a little disappointed by some of the stock mass market plot elements introduced, but by then I was hooked through the gills. I'm not looking for more books like this, but it was a solid read. View 1 comment. The prose is superb and beguiling, the language eclectic and captivating. Jakob is an immortal shape-shifter with psychotic tendencies. He is completely delusion and possessive over a family he never had. This obsession has spanned decades.

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This interlocking of narratives adds suspense to the novel, as they begin to become entwined, and the links explained. The first chapter of the zone was masterfully done. I found myself laughing at the meticulous nature of Professor Charles, probably because I could relate to it a little bit too much! Good-reads winner! Aug 16, Monica rated it liked it. Final is 3. Using three different timelines was a good tool, especially with the Hungarian folklore added.

I felt there was a lot of missed potential but I'm also interested in finding the sequel.

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So this novel isn't a total loss. Just not spectacular either View all 5 comments.

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They were able to do this thanks to Bookbridgr, not because they've been stalking me. That I know of. A book about family relentlessly pursued down the generations by a man who can change his appearance at will? With [This book was provided to me in all its white, shining POD glory by the publisher, Headline, in return for nothing more than the warm fuzzy feeling that act of generosity gave them. With their only tool for survival the knowledge of the family members gone before, written in a pile of tattered diaries held together with string? Ooooh, yes please!

From the off, TSD has itself set to the highest gear possible, alternating chapters between the present, in which Hannah Wilde is trying to find her way to a safe-house in Snowdonia before her husband bleeds to death in the passenger seat, and late 70's Oxford where Professor Charles Meredith meets a mysterious French scholar who nicks his seat in the library. It's dramatic if you're British.

She's also deathly afraid of some bloke who's been pursuing her all her life, and her mother before that, but that's really no excuse. Such divisions naturally mean it takes a few chapters to get into it, especially as there's also a third timeline, but despite the rather - in my view - over dramatic cliffhanger chapter endings, it works very well, skilfully passing the necessary exposition to the quieter chapters to allow Hannah's timeline to maintain its pace.

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