It took me a little while to warm to Flora & Jim by BP Gregory (haha!). The world has transformed into a cold and grim frozen wasteland, one in which Jim mopes about scavenging for food with his daughter, Flora, all the while desperately searching for the “other father”.
Make no mistake, dear reader, BP Gregory paints a very grim picture indeed with Flora & Jim, added to the fact that Jim is a cantankerous old bastard means it wasn’t an easy read.
The book is really one of two halves. The first half of the book I struggled with a little, and that was largely down to Jim. I get that Jim has been through a lot, the recollections of the past suggest as much and as the story progresses, we find out why Jim and Flora had to leave the others. I actually quite liked his stubbornness and the love he holds for his daughter is absolute, no question. It’s just… he isn’t a warm character at all, and honestly, he began to get on my nerves. With a cast so small, it’s the main reason I struggled so much early on.
It wasn’t until the scene on a sunken ship where Jim and Flora hide whilst being attacked by giant bugs that I began to become truly invested in them both. Things begin to motor on very nicely from there. Suddenly, the action picks up and the dark truth that Jim carries with him about Flora’s mother is revealed. I perhaps should dislike Jim, even more, when the truth is revealed, yet I didn’t, how odd…
The second half of the book was much more to my liking. The pacing evened out, there was more happening and I felt Jim’s character became more empathetic.
An uneven and difficult first half but an excellent second half means…
3/5 snow cones from the Grim Reader
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When you have finished reading this perhaps listen to…
At The Heart Of Winter by Immortal: YES! YES! YES! Hail Immortal, particularly this blackened slice of freezing cold Norwegian metal. You want songs played at blistering speed, dripping with icy melodies? It’s all here; that trademark Abbath gargled vocal, songs about how cold it is in the mystical Blashyrkh, Horgh’s incredible drumming, an album cover featuring some kind of mythical frozen fortress…Yikes!
Joking aside, this is my favourite album; flawless from start to finish in my opinion. Feel the icy blast of Immortal inside your eager ears \,,/