August 20, 2013 10 Comments
Some new books that I recently got! My TBR is going down again, because I read more than I receive new books. That is fine, I have quite the
pile book case. Only review books this time! I’ve been keeping out of book stores and libraries.
Books for review
The Returned by Jason Mott (ebook)
I got this for review via Netgalley. This book is out worldwide next week. I read it a few weeks ago. The premise sounded great, the book was OK. I know some people were impressed – I just liked it.
The publisher says: “Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.
All over the world, people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.
With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.”
Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles
For review from William Morrow (Harper Collins). This sounded intriguing. I love dystopia. I’ve just started reading this!
The publishers say: “In the coming centuries the world’s population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few.
It is a harsh world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan. Growing up, she dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest.
When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets a man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megapolis—Lighthouse Island.”
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
From Simon & Schuster UK (unsolicited). I really didn’t want to read about war in Somalia. But look at the cover! I read it and wow, what a great, great book!
The publisher says: “It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall.
Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes. Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station. Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north.
And as the country is unravelled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of the three women are twisted irrevocably together. Intimate, frank, brimming with beauty and fierce love, The Orchard of Lost Souls is an unforgettable account of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary times.”
The Reluctant Cannibals by Ian Flitcroft (ebook)
For review from Legend Press via Netgalley. This sounds like a very weird story. I’m intrigued because there’s something about “how far do people go when pressured by others” in this book. Or it may be totally disgusting.
From the author’s website: “When a group of food-obsessed academics at Oxford University form a dining society devoted to promoting gastronomy, what could possibly go wrong? More than they ever imagined. Their well-intentioned culinary explorations lead them into murky waters with a dead Japanese diplomat, charges of grave robbing and a bizarre cannibalistic experiment.
The experiment is the brain-child of Professor Arthur Plantagenet. When told that he has a serious heart problem and may drop dead at any moment, he decides that his death should not be in vain. One night at dinner he announces his intention:
‘Gentlemen the grandest experiment in gastronomy is to answer the simple question, what is the taste of human flesh? I have therefore decided to donate my body to gastronomic science so that this very question can be decided beyond all doubt upon my death.’
He sets out his bizarre plan in a will, that on his death, tests the loyalty of his closest friends, the remaining members of this exclusive dining society.
A dead Japanese diplomat, police arrests and charges of grave robbing. These are just some of the challenges these culinary explorers must overcome in tackling gastronomy’s ultimate taboo: cannibalism.”
The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund (ebook)
For review from Transworld Publishers via Netgalley. It’s because of review copies from Transworld that I got to know the thrillers of Marklund, and I’m looking forward to reading this new one.
The publishers say: “A violent robbery has killed an entire family on the Costa Del Sol.
Annika Bengtzon is assigned to cover the story for the Evening Post. But when she arrives in Spain she discovers there was a third child – a teenage daughter – who is unaccounted for.
Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl. But as she delves into the mystery she becomes embroiled in a far darker side of Spanish life than she’d envisioned, as she begins to piece together a terrifying story of violence, abuse and murder.”
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?