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The Book Eaters (edició 2022)

de Sunyi Dean (Autor)

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Truth is found between the stories we're fed and the stories we hunger for. Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries. Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon--like all other book eater women--is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories. But real life doesn't always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger--not for books, but for human minds. "A darkly sweet pastry of a book about family, betrayal, and the lengths we go to for the ones we love. A delicious modern fairy tale." -- Christopher Buehlman… (més)
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Títol:The Book Eaters
Autors:Sunyi Dean (Autor)
Informació:Tor Books (2022), 294 pages
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We read this for the faculty book club this semester. I was the only one who didn't like it. I suspect it's more a "genre" issue than anything else. Everyone else seemed ready for a sequel. A group of book and mind eaters lives in England. There are only about 6 families in this group. Devon, the main character, is a book eater. She remembers everything she eats. She has a daughter who was taken from her at an early age and a son Kai who is a mind eater. Devon supports his hunger needs by attempting to find a "nice person" for him to eat. He internalizes all that person's experiences until he eats his next victim. Devon goes on the search for a cure called "Redemption" that is supposedly in the hands of the Ravenscars. From the beginning, our group thought this would be a big tragedy because of the five acts to the book. I'll let you read it for yourself to see whether our early predictions were correct. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 23, 2022 |
Interesting story concept but it just wasn't for me. I just couldn't seem to get into it. I kept at it until page 101 where I finally had to accept defeat. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters and so when I'd set the book down I had no real interest in picking it back up again.
  AliceaP | Nov 10, 2022 |
DNF p. 40. Nope. ( )
  funkyplaid | Nov 6, 2022 |
What a concept: people among us who must eat books for nourishment, and thereby retain all of the knowledge inside; juxtaposed with others who must eat human minds and internalize their victims' personhood. Devon, the main character, is a book eater with two children -- a daughter whom she has been forced to leave behind with the father, and a young son Cai who is a mind eater. As Cai grows and requires increasing numbers of human minds, his internalized intelligence makes his 5 year old self into an adult intellect. Devon will be required to "harvest" more and more humans for Cai unless she can obtain a secret miracle drug that is kept hidden by a rival family. The cultural norms of the book and mind eaters offer interesting comparisons to current times, and the struggles in behalf of and in spite of family raise universal issues. I found the world-building to be rather slow-starting, but once the pace picked up it was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to the likely sequel. ( )
  sleahey | Oct 24, 2022 |
The Book Eaters are a race of people who pass for human, but are not human. They survive by eating books. When they eat a book, they also memorize it. Despite the vast knowledge they have access to, they are not creative or imaginative, and they are incapable of writing. Some people born to book eater families are mind eaters - instead of eating books, they eat people's consciousness and memories. Some book eaters are raised to be dragons, who ride around on motorcycles and protect/oppress book eaters. Most book eaters are men, and few of the women are fertile, so a fertile woman is passed from husband to husband to ensure the continuation of the species.

This book follows Devon, a book eater who wants to escape from the strict book eater life and raise her children in peace.

I found this book to be pretty disappointing, perhaps because I read so much hype about it. The premise is interesting enough, but I wish the execution had been more creative. In particular, I was disappointed at how much this is not a book about books. Devon is trying to find a way to escape from a bad situation, and she's not good at original ideas, so wouldn't it make sense for her to eat a lot of books about escapes and try to re-enact those escapes? This could have been a love-letter to books, or a delightful mash-up of book genres, but the book doesn't really seem to have any knowledge of literature. In fact, it hardly references any books at all. Maybe that makes the book more accessible to people who aren't avid readers, but I think it would have been so much more fun if it had been a book about books. ( )
  Gwendydd | Oct 8, 2022 |
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We have just begun to navigate a strange region; we must expect to encounter strange adventures, strange perils.

― Arthur Machen, The Terror
She was a princess of the magic line. The gods had sent their shadows to her christening.

—Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland’s Daughter
But where did the book eaters come from? There is no evidence to suggest they are a mutant strain of evolution at work. Yet they cannot always have existed, for humanity took thousands of years to develop paper-making technology.
The book eaters themselves tell wildly unbelievable legends of the Collector, an extra-terrestrial being who created them to look humanoid, and who placed them on Earth for the purpose of gathering knowledge (book eating) and sampling human experiences (mind eating).

But the Collector, so their bizarre story goes, never returned. Hence the ‘’eaters remain, remnants of an abandoned alien science project.

- Amarinder Patel, Paper and Flesh: A Secret History of Eaters
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For my mother,
who has been a force of nature her entire life;
and for my dear friend, John O’Toole,
who is something of a Jarrow.
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These days, Devon only bought three things from the shops: books, booze, and Sensitive Care skin -cream. The books she ate, the booze kept her sane, and the lotion was for Cai, her son. He suffered occasionally from eczema, especially in winter.
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Truth is found between the stories we're fed and the stories we hunger for. Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries. Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon--like all other book eater women--is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories. But real life doesn't always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger--not for books, but for human minds. "A darkly sweet pastry of a book about family, betrayal, and the lengths we go to for the ones we love. A delicious modern fairy tale." -- Christopher Buehlman

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