Words What I Read This Month: January

January 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

Solitare by Alice Oseman

An excellent look at teen isolation, with extra bonus satirical points for lampooning Hacktivism and the often less than noble ideals behind it.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler

An interesting, rather strange book about a missing family member. I liked this but it occasionally seemed like the jumpy narrative covered the protagonist’s lack of impact on the plot.

The Gadfly by E.L. Voynich

Political intrigue, romance, gunfight, wit, long discussions on the use of satire as a weapon the political realm, this 1897 book has it all! (I.e. I think this story is tops.)

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

Merton writes a thoughtful memoir on his career. No shocking revelations, but this is most recommended for fans. If you are not a fan, well, sir/madam, you have no truck with me!

The Tornado Chasers by Ross Montgomery

Brilliant, witty tale of a town that lives in fear of bears and tornadoes.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

If Leonard Cohen wrote the apocalypse. A most intriguing novel with rich charactisation (except the antagonist who is a fairly stock villain, but this doesn’t detract too much.)

The Sineater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Exciting fantasy debut with love triangles, murder, secret chats in dark corridors and the most sin-eating you’ll have seen since that Heath Ledger movie.

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