September 28, 2011 20 Comments
It’s been three weeks since the last New Arrivals post! I don’t have much coming in at the moment, but that’s fine. I have a lot left to read on the shelves. I’m not going to be out of a good book soon.
And, as we all know, the new books are always the shiniest and the most interesting, so I have read 2.5 of them already!
Books for review
Black Swan Rising By Lee Carroll
I got this from Transworld Publishers for review in their Transworld Group Reading Challenge.
My synopsis: A young woman is given an antique box by a man. When she opens it, she unleashes some nasty creatures that threaten to take over the world. Garet (the woman) has to stop it all. I read it already, my review is HERE. 3 stars
Nothing by Blake Butler
This is an ARC from HarperPerennial. The cover in daylight is as shown on the left, but in the dark, you can see the picture on the right – well, in theory, I haven’t tried it yet.
Description on the back: “[…] the author […] offers an adventurous and compelling mashup of memoir, historical investigation, and mental map exploring the psychotropic allure of insomnia – from its role in history, art, and science through the effects, positive, negative, and unknowable, of sleeplessness on his own imaginative landscape.”
Funny, I studied psychology, many years ago, but the word psychotropic is new to me! It looks like it’s not an easy to read book, but definitely very interesting.
Books I won
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
I won the Dutch translation of this book. I already owned (but hadn’t read) the English book. I won it at a Dutch bookfair by guessing how many calories there are in 12 donuts, and my guess was one of the closest! (FYI it’s 2736 calories). Thanks to Signatuur publishers for this ENORMOUS book. The Dutch know how to make a really big book out of a book that is already a good size in English!
My synopsis: Skippy dies in a donut restaurant while eating donuts with his friend Ruprecht. The book is mainly about what happened before and what happens afterwards. I’ve read it already and you can find my review in Dutch HERE. English review to follow (But why not use Google Translate on the Dutch one?). 4 stars
Far to Go by Alison Pick
I won the Dutch translation in a giveaway by Miss Yvy and Orlando Publishers.
About the book (from amazon.com): “Pick tackles the Holocaust with the story of a young Jewish family struggling to survive as the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia. Throughout 1938 and 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer endure increasingly terrifying attacks on their dignity, freedom, and lives, clinging to a hope that the madness will soon end.
Meanwhile, a present-day Holocaust historian (who remains awkwardly unidentified for some time), specializing in the Kindertransport and the many children it helped to escape from Czechoslovakia, takes a personal interest in the Bauers. Letters culled from the historian’s files, written by people who were close to the Bauers, effectively punctuate the novel, but Pick’s shuffling gamble with point-of-view produces mixed results”
From the library
Doodskap [“Death Mask”] by Arnaldur Indridason
I don’t know if this book has been translated in English yet, but this is the newest by one of my favorite thriller writers, the Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason.
Description: A woman who is suspected of blackmail is found murdered, while a deranged man is keeping a man prisoner that he knew from when he was young. Detective Sigurdur Óli is on the case.
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?