Meeting new people is always fun and full of strange happenings when David Mitchell is in charge.
A beautiful, dark book - somewhere between being caught in a heat haze and drowning in a slightly cloudy yard pool.
Author: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
From the back: Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves.
It’s been a bit quiet here at the Dust Lounge for a while (for once, my excuse is study plus Christmas plus too many sausage rolls – I think that’s pretty decent as excuses go) but you didn’t think I was going to let New Year’s Eve get by without a best-reads-of-the-year post did you?
Title: We have always lived in the castle
Author: Shirley Jackson
From the back: Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn't leaving the Blackwoods alone.
Title: Sea of Rust
Author: C. Robert Cargill
From the back: A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic robot western from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.
Title: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
Author: Paul Tremblay
From the back: Late one night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace.
Title: The Power
Author: Naomi Alderman
From the back: All over the world women are discovering they have the power.
With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain - even death.
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
From the back: “Am I a person?” Borne asks Rachel, in extremis.
“Yes, you are a person,” Rachel tells him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”