About The Author – Jack Wolf
Jack Wolf is currently studying for a Ph.D. and is at work on his second novel. He lives in the United Kingdom. The author was a woman when he wrote the book and is now transgender.
This review is part of The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones Blog Tour. To find out more about the tour and to discover where else the tour has stopped, visit TLC Book Tours.
What an interesting story to begin the wrap-up to April reading. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I know I was both curious and drawn to several aspects of The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones with only getting through the synopsis.
I was somewhat confused in the beginning, the story is written in an interesting style that uses old English, and quite a few seemingly random words have capitalisation in the midst of a sentence. In my experience capitalisation pronounces an importance to certain words, whether they are names or not, and I was unsure if these words should have been given more attention or treated like the rest.
While disarming, the capitalisation of random words and the use of old English when you’re not used to it, is something you can find yourself getting used to. It did take me some time, but Tristan’s journey is what drove me on and I’m glad of it because eventually I didn’t mind the writing style. I found it created a sort of rhythm, an ebb and flow, that enhanced the reading experience and would probably not have been there otherwise without.
As for the characters… Honestly, this is probably what kept me reading the most. Tristan’s soul searching in discovering his connection with sadism and attempting to understand how this affects him as a person; whether he is unnatural or not. For someone who has had associations with people in the BDSM community and has experienced her own forms of questioning her mental state, reading a character that isn’t evil (in my opinion) and is trying to understand themselves, was fascinating. I’m not sure if other readers would be able to identify as easily with Tristan if they haven’t had the previously mentioned associations, but I found it quite easy to identify, understand, and feel for him. I like to think some of that is also the author’s portrayal and bringing life to Tristan. He is definitely a tortured character and far more intriguing because of it.
I love reading about scientists in any story, but more so when it comes to a time when society was only beginning to embrace it in part and yet dominating it with theology. I always found the two warring together an interesting mix and I loved the whole scientific aspect Tristan Hart’s journey is engrossed in. Once again I’ve found myself wanting to read more stories revolving, or related to, scientists in historical fiction. It feeds the nerd in me.
The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones reminded me often of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but, unlike Frankenstein, I wasn’t bored witless and frustrated with the main character. I would consider this tale one for those who didn’t care for Frankenstein, but either way it definitely offers food for thought.
- Genre: Historical Fiction – Fantasy – Historical Fantasy
- Rating Out of Five: ♥♥♥♥
- Meet The Author: Facebook
- Format: eGalley Published: 26th of March by Penguin Books
- Special Thanks To: TLC Book Tours
- Find At: The Book Depository UK – Book Depository US – Amazon US – Amazon Kindle – BookFari AU – Bookworld AU
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