Ah yes, those books I read last month. It’s about time I write about them before even more time passes and I forget even more…
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The BBC World Book Club podcast made me read this book, despite having heard a huge spoiler. Loved how the chapters were told from the different daughters’ perspectives. An absolute gem of a book.
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) – Gail Carriger
A fun enough vampire/werewolf/soulless read set in an alternate Victorian England. But enough about Alexia’s nose, olive skin and half-Italian background already…!!
Seven Years – Peter Stamm
A cold, difficult read about a man’s relationship between two women. And such a hard book to write about. Yet as I think back about this book, I want to read more by Stamm, for his stories about such real, flawed characters and their uncomfortable, ordinary lives.
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Not sure how I managed to finish this one.
The Gun Slinger (Dark Tower #1) – Stephen King
I’m not really a Stephen King fan, although I really enjoyed reading (and rereading) Different Seasons. This interview with N.K. Jemisin made me read The Gun Slinger (thanks to Buried in Print for that link). And it was interesting, very dark, kinda creepy, and I wasn’t quite sure if it was really for me, but I hear that things get better in the second book. So we’ll see, that is, when I actually get to reading it.
A fun read but I was left wanting… well all kinds of things. The writer tries to hold back information but leaves the reader wanting too much. Still it was an enjoyable romp in an alternate steampunk-lite Seattle. Preferred the side characters to the main ones though.
Walks with men – Ann Beattie
Ugh. The problem with reading a novella? Not knowing when to give up.
China Mountain Zhang – Maureen McHugh
This was one of my favourite reads last month. A world in which China has become the dominant power, America more of a collapsed economy. I loved how the main character was such an unexpected person, mixed-race, gay. And especially how the lives of the different characters intersect, but just barely, enabling the author to show very differing perspectives of this world. A brilliant brilliant book.