Well, this past week was a bonanza of books that came my way! Not only the usual batch that I can’t restrain myself from requesting from NetGalley, but also a couple of hard copies that came in nice packages to my doorstop. While I probably should have shown a little more restraint, well, I got some bad news this week, and these books did a lot to lift my mood in hard times.
So let’s take a look at the wonderful things I got!
In keeping with my interest in domestic history, Lucy Worsely’s If Walls Could Talk takes a look at the more private side of everyday living through various periods in Western history. While this isn’t the sort of book that doesn’t usually get a review here, especially now that I’m trying to make more of the focus on fiction here, but even outside my pet interest in this field, I think books like this are fantastic resources for writers, too. Good inspiration, good for helping to keep facts straight. it’s for this reason that I list this here, and will probably end up reviewing it here. (Unless I decide to get a seperate blog for non-fiction reviews or something…)
Vicki Keire’s Worlds Burn Through. Post-apocalyptic fiction is about as popular as dystopian fiction these days, and both hold great fascination to me. I’m hoping the romance in this won’t be overpowering, because the plot on its own sounds like it would be more than enough to carry the book. But even so, it’s a novella rather than a novel, and so even if it’s not entirely to my taste, a shorter work is easier to read than a longer one in that case.
Michael Shean’s Shadow of a Dead Star, a futuristic story that sounds like it might well border on dystopian. Definitely looking forward to giving this one a try.
Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles. The description of this book reminds me of Jo Walton’s Among Others (review here), not in the premise but in the way it blends the fantastical with the mundane. This book seems to have been making a bit of a splash on bookblogs lately, and it really does sound like it’ll be a really good read! I’m really looking forward to sitting down with this one.
B B Griffith’s Blue Fall, which I received a copy of after the author approached me. Much like with dystopian novels, I seem to have a weakness for books involving wide-scale video games that have a darker secret buried beneath them. Which is exactly what this book offers. Reviews on Amazon suggest that it’s a good one, too!
Hilari Bell’s Traitor’s Son, the final book of the Ravem Duet. The first book, Trckster’s Girl (review here) was quite good, with a strong environmental message without being heavy-handed about it, and I was thrilled to be offered a copy of the sequel.