Two months ago, we were trying to choose a book to read in August, and no-one could come up with any suggestions that met any consensus. I suggested one of the books in the latest series of the Channel 4 TV Book Club that happens to be a vampire story and a jolly good summer read, everyone said OK then.
The book in question was The Radleys by Matt Haig, which I previously reviewed here. In the pub last night, it got quite a mixed reception – but it was a good discussion!
Most of the group agreed that it was a great summer read. Some, not knowing that it was also being marketed as a YA crossover title wondered whether it was particularly aimed at teens upwards rather than adults.
Some like me, had loved it, but there were a couple for whom it didn’t hit the mark of being original enough, being True Blood fans, they were vamped out by it. I argued that half the point was to have a comic particularly suburban British look at the entire vampire phenomenon.
We were agreed that there were some great scenes though, the whole vegetarian thing, the dinner party drinks, etc, but several found the ‘Abstainer’s Handbook’ which punctuates the chapters unfunny. We felt that the darker softback cover (right) promised a different read to the paperback (above). We also spent some time discussing whether the vampirism was a metaphor for drink, drugs, or a case of name your addiction.
The Radleys would make a good book choice, particularly for groups that haven’t read as many vampire novels as we have between us!
Next month: Candide by Voltaire – you can’t say we don’t read a wide choice of titles!