Posts from ‘January, 2015’

January Summary and Plans for February

This month I read two outstanding books. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius and Strangers by Taichi Yamada  were both fantastic and I highly recommend that you give them a try.  Books of the Month   Books Reviewed in January: Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius  Strangers by Taichi Yamada The Room by Jonas Karlsson Wake by Anna Hope Minor Angels […]

Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

Five words from the blurb: trapped, body, mute, control, extraordinary Ghost Boy is probably the most inspiring book I’ve ever read. It is an autobiography explaining how the author regained the ability to communicate after being trapped inside his own body for a decade. At the age of twelve, Martin Pistorius succumbed to a mysterious […]

The Room by Jonas Karlsson

Translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith Five words from the blurb: colleagues, different, fable, reality, office The Room is a short, but entertaining fable about an office worker who discovers a room that no one else can see. Björn begins a new job at the “Authority” and when trying to find the toilet he […]

More Books in Brief

 Translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sánchez Piñol Five words from the blurb: Congo, manservant, jungle, diamonds, mystery Cold Skin by Albert Sánchez Piñol was one of my favourite books last year so I was excited about reading the second in this trilogy. Unfortunately Pandora in the Congo failed […]

Wake by Anna Hope

Five words from the blurb: unknown, soldier, buried, women, change Wake is set over the five-day period in 1920 in which the body an ‘unknown soldier’ was removed from a French WWI battlefield, transported to England, and then buried in Westminster Abbey. The book shows how important this remembrance service was to the British people, […]

Minor Angels by Antoine Volodine

 Translated from the French by Jordan Stump Five words from the blurb: postcataclysmic, immortal, angels, avenging, dark I bought a copy of Minor Angels after seeing several people (I’m afraid I can’t remember who) raving about it on Twitter. I can see why the book is highly regarded, but my opinion of it is very […]