What can I say - one of the best novels of the year so far. "Sing, Unburied, Sing" is part Southern Gothic, part American road novel, part Steinbeck-esque story of people and place. It explores not only the family dynamic of Jojo, his grandparents and his drug addicted mother, but also their ties through the ages - to the dead and the living.
The relentless summer sun of the US East Coast has had me, perversely, hankering for grey skies and sparse landscapes, and as such I've been picking up a fair few novels set in Scotland recently. The gorgeous moody cover of Sarah Maine's debut novel drew me in immediately, as did the back cover descriptions of a gothic and atmospheric novel with a good old dose of murder and mystery. It was just what I needed.
A new perspective on one of Britain's darkest periods of history. Before the Salem witch trials there was Matthew Hopkins - Britain's self-appointed Witchfinder General. This chilling tale looks at what happened in the years between 1645 and 1647 when he held sway over East Anglia, through the eyes of his widowed sister Alice.
I picked up this book after a relentless Twitter campaign by Orenda Books and their affiliated bloggers and I'm very pleased I did. It's a beautifully written piece of magic realism that captures both the timeless quality of the selkie legends and the claustrophobia of small island living.
Pitched as a grown up “Twilight” meets “Harry Potter,” Harkness certainly draws on the conventions of the genre in this first of three All Souls novels.
I am afraid that I am guilty of that most heinous of book crimes in the case of this novel - I judged this book by its cover and I couldn’t have been more wrong.
If Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games had a baby - this would be it…
This is a classic coming-of-age story in a historical setting and whilst the narrative itself is rather formulaic, it is very well researched and would give younger readers plenty of historical perspective.
This book was always going to have an epic hill to climb as a re-telling of Homer’s “The Odyssey”. By its very nature it was going to have to be expansive both in time and location, not to mention language and structure - all very problematic for an author... There are some elements of this that Scott Kauffman has really nailed and, as to be expected, others that slip through his grasp. In light of this, I am completely torn with this book.
I've been up against it this month - I started my TBR list quite late, and it's a short month. I know... excuses excuses! Still, I've got six books to feedback to you on and there's a little bit of something for everyone...
This book popped up as a recommendation by The Wee Reader in her 2016 round up and I couldn't resist. I enjoyed plowing through all the Outlander books last year and was looking for something that might fill the little homesick hole in my life since I moved to New York.
Would vintage 1930s New York be useful for helping me acclimatise? No. But it was jolly entertaining. Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man' is sparse and very of its time. The characters are almost entirely unlikeable, apart from Nora, and it's a miracle anyone was able to get any deducing done given that they all seem… Continue reading Bottoms Up with “The Thin Man”