first I was thinking, here we go, another book where a serial killer kidnaps
and tortures a beautiful young woman. And then it wasn’t. Amusing, original and demands you turn the
The Cry - Helen Fitzgerald
striking “dilemma” novel, emotionally charged and brilliantly executed.
An Exquisite Sense of What
is Beautiful – J. David Simon
read this right at the start of the year and it has stayed with me. Manages to be both exquisite and
beautiful. Need I say more?
Blood City – Douglas
in Glasgow in the 80’s. A fast, furious and fascinating read. (I’m sure I could
slip another “f” in there. Mmmm. Best not.)
Grim Company – Luke Scull
excellent debut into a brand new fantasy series. Avoids the information dump a
lot of new fantasy novelists feel they need to start off a series. A great set up and a team of characters I
want to spend time with. I was hooked from page one. (And the author has the
best name, right?)
Norwegian By Night – Derek
hero in his 80s, in a foreign country, fighting to save a young boy’s
life. Manages to combine lyricism with
Beautiful Ruins – Jess
laugh out loud funny and utterly charming. You will fall in love with this
419 – Will Ferguson
the Giller Prize (Canada’s version of the MAN Booker). A prizewinner that’s
readable! An author who knows his way
round a tasty sentence and a genuinely thrilling and fascinating plot. Also a
reminder, if we need one, how the so-called developed world bowing at the altar
of the god of profit has damaged Africa.
Nos4r2 – Joe Hill
creep-inducing – gave me the shivers at several stages through the reading of
the book. A chunky read with crisp writing, Hill gives his old man a run for
certain you’ll find something here to enjoy. So go, buy one or more, wontcha?