Best reads of 2017

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?

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On reading: We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson

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.

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On reading: Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

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.

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On reading: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

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.

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On reading: The Power by Naomi Alderman

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.

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On reading: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Title: Borne

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.”

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On reading: Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Title: Shattered Minds

Author: Laura Lam

From the back: She can uncover the truth, if she defeats her demons

Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fuelled by the addictive drug ‘Zeal’. Now she’s heading for self-destruction – until she has a vision of a dead girl.

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On reading: The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey

Title: The Boy on the Bridge

Author: M R Carey

From the back: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

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On reading: The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker

Title: The End of the World Running Club

Author: Adrian J Walker

From the back: Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, under-performing husband and reluctant father – for Ed, the world may as well have already ended.

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On reading: A History of British Serial Killing by David Wilson

Title: A History of British Serial Killing

Author: David Wilson

From the back: In this fascinating and informative new book, Professor David Wilson tells the stories of Britain’s serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case.

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On reading: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

Title: The Death House

Author: Sarah Pinborough

From the back: Toby’s life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

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On reading: Metropolitan Dreams by Mark A King

Title: Mark A King

Author: Metropolitan Dreams

From the back: This is a tale of two cities.

Darkness and light.

Sinners and angels.

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On reading: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

Title: The Last Days of Jack Sparks

Author: Jason Arnopp

From the back: It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

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On reading: The Sheriff by Simon Fairbanks

Title: The Sheriff

Author: Simon Fairbanks

From the back: The Sheriffs wander the clouds to keep peace across Nephos.

Sheriff Denebola is recruited by young Toby to help rid his village of a winged demon. The demon has tormented the people of Angel’s Keep every night for the past week so Denebola vows to capture the creature.

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