Posts from ‘November, 2012’

November Summary and Plans for December

November has been a fantastic reading month for me. I read a string of fantastic books and have been enjoying a diverse range of subject matters. Variety really is the spice of life and I’m going to continue to seek out stranger books in the future. Book of the Month In any other month these two […]

Just My Typo compiled by Drummond Moir

Five words from the blurb: mistake, printed, embarrassing, hilarious, history Just My Type is a compilation of typographical errors from a wide range of sources. The only thing linking them is that the mistakes created are funny. When an unsolicited review copy dropped through my letterbox I was initially sceptical  –  I have a problem with […]

People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry

Five words from the blurb: Tokyo, hostess, dismembered, fate, family Lucie Blackman was just 21-years-old when she disappeared in June 2000. She had been working as a hostess in Tokyo and for months no-one knew what had happened to her. It was suggested that she’d joined a cult or run away with a boyfriend, but […]

The Human Part by Kari Hotakainen

 Translated from the Finnish by Owen F Witesman Winner of France’s Prix du Courrier International and Finland’s Runeburg Prize Five words from the blurb: author, sell, life, family, stories The Human Part begins with an author approaching an elderly woman at a book fair. The author has writer’s block and with no idea what to […]

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green (audio book)

 Note: Author is known as Matthew Dicks in the US Five words from the blurb: boy, danger, loyalty, imagination, friend Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend has the most original premise I’ve come across this year. The book is narrated by Budo, an imaginary friend who explains what life is like for those who only exist […]

Three Abandoned Books

 Translated from the German by Sally-Ann Spencer The Swarm by Frank Schätzing Five words from the blurb: sea, killed, mankind, science, ecological I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time, but at nearly 900 pages it intimidated me. German Literature Month inspired me to put aside my fears and I dived in. I was […]