Fiction, Lists, The Month in Books

The Month In Books: August 2017

It's great to be finally back in the swing of things (sort of) post baby and I actually managed to read enough books to justify a Month In Books post! I realise that most of these are fairly dark in nature, often with a bit of death and paranormal goings on thrown in for luck, which means that this list is probably more appropriate to an October pickings, but ho hum... And whilst they might not be summer beach reads, most of these books are good for being curled up under a blanket with whilst it's gloomy outside - perfect if you're looking for something for the next couple of months yourself.

Fiction, Reviews

Review: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward

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.

Fiction, Reviews

Review: “The House Between Tides” by Sarah Maine

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.

Fiction, Reviews

Review: “The Witchfinder’s Sister” by Beth Underdown

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.

Fiction, Great Reads in Great Places

Great Reads in Great Places: Washington D.C.

If you want something gritty, smart and noir - head to New York. Trashy, seedy crime? L.A. But backstabbing political intrigue… There is nowhere that tops the beating heart of the US establishment - Washington D.C.

Fiction, Reviews

Review: “Revenants: The Odyssey Home”

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.