The Bird Room by Chris Killen [Review]

Book Cover of The Bird Room by Chris KillenWhen Will meets Alice, he can’t believe his luck. She’s smart, sexy and, much to Will’s surprise, in love with him.

Alice brings meaning to his urban existence. But true love never came easy and soon devotion leads Will to something darker.

The Bird Room is a candid, funny and joyous portrait of love and desire in the modern age.

— Publishers Blurb

This is not a book I would normally pick up off the shelves so I’m thankful to the publisher, Canongate and the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for sending it to me.

Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy it.

Whilst at times it is funny, but ultimately reading it is a fairly cold experience. Most of the characters are not particularly likeable or easy to care for and for someone like myself, who gets the best from a novel, when I love the characters I’m reading about, it’s always difficult connect with these ‘difficult’ characters.

Still, as I said earlier, there are moments, when the characters and the situations they get themselves in are quite funny, and the writing is sharp and easy to read.

There’s also a non-linear structure to the novel, which jumps about in time and storylines occasionally and I did think that this worked well and suited the story, using the two main plot-lines to contrast and reflect on each other, whilst never quite showing you the full picture.

For those that like to avoid such things, there’s a fair bit of sex going on in the book, but none of it particular titillating or sexy, for the most part there’s an uncomfortableness about it – for both the reader and the participants.

If you enjoy stylish explorations of obsession and dysfunctional relationships, and have less of a need to like your characters than I do, you’ll definitely get an awful lot more from this obviously cleverly written novel than I was able to.

Verdict: Decent – but not for me.

lterbig My copy of The Bird Room by Chris Killen, was provided to me, for free, as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

Buy: The Bird Room from The Book Depository

8 thoughts on “The Bird Room by Chris Killen [Review]

  • January 17 at 5:39 pm
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    That’s too bad! I haven’t heard of this one yet but maybe I can keep it away from my ever growing TBR pile! Thanks for the great review!
    .-= Amused´s last blog ..I Need A Drink =-.

  • January 17 at 9:01 pm
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    Sounds like one I ought to read for the research I’m doing. If I smile nicely, is there any chance I can borrow it one weekend, please?

    I’ve got a couple to give you back as well. Must meet up soon!

    • January 17 at 9:34 pm
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      Of course, need you ask? 🙂

    • January 20 at 9:08 pm
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      🙂 It’s a decent book, possibly even very good, but I really do have this character thing…

  • January 19 at 6:28 pm
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    I think I liked this one better than you! I can see where you’re coming from though. I think if the book had been longer, I would have had more trouble since I didn’t like the characters either. It was interesting as a character study, which is primarily the way I managed to enjoy it, and quick enough that I could zip through it in a few hours.
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..Review: Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi =-.

    • January 20 at 9:03 pm
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      Yes, it has to be said it’s a fairly zippy read, and the writing is very good. I just really struggle with characters I can’t connect with. 😐

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