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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Clare North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Clare North
Redhook Books (Hachette)
ISBN: 9780316399616
Buy from Indigo

Description: The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character - a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.'

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow

The Good Stuff
  • Excellent introduction, grabbed my attention right  away
  • Universal truths and thought provoking ideas
  • Had a hard time reading this at first, but Jen L, said to read it like a man was telling you a story with a lot of off sides and bingo - the story became a breeze and thoroughly enjoyable to read
  • Interesting concept to  have technology developed before it is supposed to and how this could lead to the end of the world
  • Plenty of twists and turns, red herrings and big surprises to keep you invested in the story
  • Totally love the the added bonus of  leaving messages to your past self at #HARRYAUGUST or
  • Enjoyed the paragraph where he writes to his biological father about his war experiences - makes the characters more human and less caricatures
  • Truly unique twist -sort  of a intelligent Groundhogs Day

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Jumps around a lot so you have to be really paying attention
  • Paradox's and time travel hurt my wee little brain
  • Delightfully wicked dark humour

Favorite Quotes

"Either to change a world - many, many worlds, each touched by the choices I make in my life, for every deed a consequence, and in every love and every sorrow truth - or nothing at all."

"Is there innocence in ignorance? And if there is, do we tolerate others for their innocence's sake?"

"I had been surprised at how easy it is to corrupt men.  Even, good men, it seemed, could be swayed once you had them used to the notion that it was acceptable to give them a gift o a bottle of wine, then a gift of a new toy for their kid, then a gift of a day out for the family,then a weekend away, then membership of a golf club, then a new car .... by which point the great mass of gifts already accepted  made the rejection of this latest present hard even for the best of men and their status as morally compromised assets complete in both the eyes of criminals and the view of the law."

"The music was being produced by a would be torturer aged seven and a half and her violin of pain."

4 Dewey's

I purchased this at my Chapters Shawnessy as part of our staff "Non-Girly Book Club"

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