So this book is about Sonya, an Indian American photographer who reluctantly returns to her family after years of estrangement when she finds out her father is in a coma and on the verge of death. This is a family of many secrets, most of them revolving around the physical and mental abuse suffered at […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 42: Trail Of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani"
Let us begin by getting my squees about my book cover out of the way. It is BEAUTIFUL and I love it! Here’s a linky to the reveal post on the Barnes and Noble SFF blog and a sneaky excerpt introducing Shock and Mim. There’s a pre-order button on there, so if you’d like it […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld plus a wee linky to my beautiful book cover!"
This was a book that hooked me on the blurb but then almost lost me in the initial reveal. Rosemary is in college, she never talks about her family so no one knows how dysfunctional her parents are, or that her brother has been missing for years, or that when she was little, she lost […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 36: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler"
This is a book of short stories by Murakami and possesses all of his usual magic in the every day and some of the usual supernatural touches he handles so very well. There were some stories I didn’t gel with but I still enjoyed the writing of course. Most of these stories were excellent and […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 30: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami"
If you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming film, you’ll know the subject here is a sensitive one. A woman snatched off the streets and held prisoner for nefarious reasons, who ends up giving birth to a boy called Jack and raising him in a tiny room. We join them as Jack reaches his fifth […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 29: Room by Emma Donoghue"
This is a Victorian Gothic mystery or murder mystery I’ve had hanging about in my bookcase for a good while. I put it on my reading challenge list as the whole idea was to expand my reading habits and generally speaking I avoid all Victoriana related things as they’re a little too stylised and misty-eyed. […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 27: The Somnambulist By Essie Fox"
Austen is an artist who isn’t creating anymore after some serious mess in his personal life and general artistic frustration. Stuck in a dull 9-5 job and drifting through life, he has a prat fall in a parking lot that leaves him with brain damage and hefty epilepsy. His fits leave him with strange visions […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 26: Bad Brains by Kathe Koja"
This is the follow up to the wonderful Oryx and Crake. We see the events before, during and after the catastrophe from the point of view of two characters: Ren and Toby. When we first meet them, both are trapped; Toby in a health/beauty spa and Ren in the medical isolation unit of the exotic […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 22: The Yesr of the Flood by Margaret Atwood"
The email from my agent came hella late on April 7th, after I’d come back from viewing Furious 7 with my spawn (it was a touch magical realism, but we dug the hell out of it). I thought nothing at first, maybe just an update on subbing process, probably another lovely pass (I’d had two […]
Read more "Life Stays The Same…And Then It Changes…"
Wodehouse is brilliant, end of. His books are, naturally, set in bubble world fantasies stocked with dapper gents in spats, terrifying matriarchs and wily servants, but they are truly things of wonder. Nothing can make me so instantly cheerful as a Wodehouse novel. This is his usual fare, a comedy of wonderfully disastrous errors which, unlike the […]
Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 19: Leave It To Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse"