Monday, April 30, 2012

April Reading Roundup

It's the end of the month and time to do the reading roundup for April.  This month's focus was on literature of the weird -- and most of what I got finished this month definitely fell into that category.  I didn't finish the last of the lot, Malpertuis, by Jean Ray, and that one will get carried over into May.  I can state, though, that it's definitely the strangest of the lot -- a gothic tale with supernatural elements, including werewolves, captured gods and a strange house with bizarre powers.  But more on that later.

So here we go:

weird fiction:
The Summer of the Ubume, by Natsuhiko Kyogoku
Now You're One of Us, by Asa Nonami
Black Wings of Cthulhu, edited by S.T. Joshi
Radiant Dawn, by Cody Goodfellow
Ravenous Dusk, by Cody Goodfellow
Malpertuis, by Jean Ray (read, not reviewed)

fiction from India:
Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil

crime fiction

from Italy
I Will Have Vengeance, by Maurizio de Giovanni
Liar Moon, by Ben Pastor
from Scandinavia
She's Never Coming Back, by Hans Koppel
Hour of the Wolf, by Hakan Nesser (read; to be reviewed May)
from Argentina
Holy City, by Guillermo Orsi

other book-related stuff:
1) The book group read The Tenants of Moonbloom, by Edward Lewis Wallant.  Out of the group there were two who didn't care for it so much, but the rest of us found Norman Moonbloom's metamorphosis a thing of beauty. This one I can definitely recommend.

  2) Added to the Amazon wishlist this month:
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird, ed. Caitlin Kiernan
Enemies: A History of the FBI, by Tim Weiner

 3) Books bought this month:

A Caring Man, by Akira Arai
Murder in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted The Last Days of Old China, by Paul French
The Weird:  A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, ed. Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer
The Book of Crows, by Sam Meekings

4) Currently reading:
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
The Flatey Enigma, by Victor Arnar Ingolfsson

5) April book giveaway, donation or one-way swap total: a whopping 42! Hooray! I'm beginning to see room on the floor again!

that's it!

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