Read it! Wickedly smart and clever. This took me through several ranges of emotions and the second half of the book was hard to put down
About to start reading this.
I've not read anything else by him...
Day 11 - #KeenKarma #LadderToTheSky #JohnBoyne #AugustABC
Karma gets him in the end:
Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. From the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan & London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit & manipulation, preying on the talented & vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall…
1. John Boyne is just SO good
2. Barbie, of course. (Don‘t even try it now though!)
3. Depends on the cuisine - fried calamari came to mind first
4. Work tomorrow and genealogical research Sunday
5. Three passably and I‘ll attempt whatever someone wants to teach me
Check my reviews and you‘ll see I‘m tough to please when it comes to books.
Easily one of my top reads of the year. 👏Well done!
I am wary of novels about writers and writing but this one was funny in a dark way and I found it hard to put down. I didn‘t like Maurice but kinda sympathize with loving language and stories yet not having one to write. He was completely amoral and it was fascinating to see what lengths he would go to get a story idea. And I felt bad for his poor victims. And I want to check out more Gore Vidal novels.
After reading just 2 of his books, Boyne is one of my favorite authors. He has no trouble telling a good story. Imagine Boyne sitting around one day saying, “What‘s the worst thing a writer could do? Right. Steal other people‘s stories! Let‘s play around with that and see what happens.” Reading Ladder is enjoying the fruits of that labor. 4.5 enthusiastic stars
Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #booked2019 #irishauthor
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne is a Five star read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
One of the most diabolical villains in literature EVER. I‘m just SICK about how all this went down. You‘ve got to pick this book up ASAP! It‘s disgustingly fantastic. 😈
Synopsis is in the comments.⚠️
I thought since June is “Pride Month🏳️🌈” I would read a book featuring some gay main characters. The author John Boyne also wrote The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas which makes this read feel promising. The main reason this book caught my interest was the fact that the central character is not truly a protagonist of this story but mostly the antagonist. explanation in the comments. ⚠️
My “bachelorette week” without Mr. B is coming to a close. So I‘m shifting back to longer books. (And writing a LOT of book reviews!) I finished 5 books (3 under 200 pgs), and 4 short audiobooks and Audible Originals.
This one is finally on Scribd so I‘m going to give a go. I know a lot of you thought the MC was nasty. But...John Boyne...and I can finally finish the #irishauthor prompt for #booked2019!
An excellent book that‘s well worth the 99p. If in the UK grab it whilst you can.
“... Prove yourself
You are the move you make
Take your chances win or loser
See yourself, you are the steps you take
You and you and that's the only way..”
Maurice Swift, in his pursuit of literary fame, is probably not capable or truly desire to love anyone else. He is a #ownerofalonelyheart
A marvellous novel about writing, ambition and betrayal, with some lovely vignettes of literary giants strewn along the way. One of the most entertaining book I have read this year. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2799549437 #johnboyne #aladdertothesky #metafiction #book #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #booklove #fiction #booknerd #bookish #fauntbooks #booklove #bookphotography #guardianbooks #bookcommunity
I don‘t know how John Boyne pulls off a book with a protagonist this unlikeable yet is still a compulsive read. A brilliant characterisation of an evil psychopath. The twist was good and I couldn‘t help but laughed towards the end. Oh Maurice..so despicable..so gloriously despicable! I love this!
#AnglophileApril Ok, so my lovely cohost @Mdargusch shared this book yesterday for #TaintedLove but Maurice Swift is my favorite #Creep and I wasn‘t not posting!!!! One of my favorite reads from 2018, John Boyne is quickly becoming an autobuy author!! Thanks to Litsy my list is growing 😜 and now Tainted Love has been replaced with Creep for my day‘s👂🏼🐛🎶❣️😛
#fooledyou #springintoreading I thought of this book immediately for this prompt.Maurice is hungry for many things in life, he fools people in his life to get what he wants or needs and leaves them wondering what just happened.A great read.
Got my #botm picks! I had a hard time choosing this month, as not much really jumped out at me. But in the end, I am a bookaholic so I still ended up getting two books. 😆🤓
This was a great pick @Erinreadsthebooks
I loved reading your comments. This book really made me mad, but that didn‘t stop me from flying through it. A solid 4 ⭐️ Coming your way soon @fandom_hellspawn99 #LMPBC #Round5 #GroupA
I finished my winter choices for #Booked2019 earlier this week. 🎉
I enjoyed all of these books, so that‘s a very good thing. If I had to pick a favorite, it was either A Ladder to the Sky or Muse of Nightmares.
I enjoyed this one, my first by Boyne. I didn‘t love it, likely because I like to like at least some characters in a book and found that challenging with this one. I‘ve had it since well before it was published and only now finished it, if that tells you anything. The writing was phenomenal and well-researched. Thanks #NetGalley and #randomhouse