So many books, so little time to talk about them. Whirlwind trip through this month's books:
The Vegetarian, by Han Kang: damn, I loved this book! More to follow on this one, but it will definitely be on my 2016 favorites list
The Honeymoon, by Dinitia Smith: September's real-world book group read. Sorry, but I wasn't over the moon about this book -- to me it just flat-out lacked depth. My book group was split on this one, but we did have a great discussion about George Eliot.
The Book Collector, by Alice Thompson -- from Salt Publishing; I liked it much better after the second read. Haven't posted about this one, but definitely recommended. Reminds me so much of Angela Carter's story "The Bloody Chamber," and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
dark fiction/horror/weird fiction and everything else that falls in this category:
The Dark Domain, by Stefan Grabinski : more to follow about this one after I read his The Motion Demon, but I loved it.
Strange Medicine, by Mike Russell : I love Mike Russell's work. He's just so out there it's an actual pleasure to lose myself in his stories.
Eltonsbrody, by Edgar Mittelholzer -- Barbados, a creepy old house on a cliff and lots of chills -- what more can you ask for? By one of my favorite Caribbean novelists
All Souls' Night: Stories by Hugh Walpole: Collection of supernatural/other stories by Hugh Walpole, released by Valancourt Books. Fun.
Night-Pieces, by Thomas Burke. Another Valancourt edition; lots of good stuff.
The Investigator, by Margarita Khemlin: shortlisted for the 2013 Russian Booker Prize -- intense mystery at its core; one of the most literary crime novels I've ever encountered. Great read.
The Disappearance of Signora Giulia, by Piero Chiara - a true conundrum of a mystery and another good book from Pushkin Vertigo.
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, by Patrick Phillips: reveals "the process by which racial injustice is perpetuated" in the US -- a must read
News of a Kidnapping, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: -- after season two of Narcos, I had to know what was really going on in Colombia at the time -- another fine book that kept me on the edge of my seat.
and now, for October...
Aside from a few must-reads, October is dedicated to creepy books just perfect for Halloween, so most of the action will be taking place over at oddly weird fiction. Pop on in!