My round up of the books I’ve read in 2019 – including some of the year’s most hard-hitting book awards, such as “Best zombie kangaroo of the year” and “Smartest spiders of the year”.
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.
Trump in charge of America.
Boris Johnson looking after the UK’s foreign affairs.
A ‘loose woman’ won Celebrity Big Brother.
You’d be forgiven for thinking we don’t need any dystopian fictions to liven up our day to day wanderings – after watching the news perhaps we’re all bleaked out. But perhaps that’s exactly why we do need them.
Title: Mark A King
Author: Metropolitan Dreams
From the back: This is a tale of two cities.
Darkness and light.
Sinners and angels.
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.
Belated posts and a quieter than intended Dust Lounge in part due to excitement over kittens, then tears over the sad loss of one of them. I won’t be dwelling on it here. Suffice to say there was much unexpected sadness over the festive season, and little Mole will be missed. Thankfully Diesel is doing really, very well, and he is such a warm heart in the home. So, on to cheerier things – it’s time to catch up on some of the bookish wordage I’ve been meaning to post about, and without further ado, welcome to the official belated…
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.
Title: The Garden
Author: James Kester
From the back: Throughout human history, the peddlers of certainty have reigned supreme. When Galileo first cast doubt about the place of the Earth within the cosmos, he was condemned . . . Either you believed that God’s Eden was the garden of all life, or you were a heretic.
Title: Slade House
Author: David Mitchell
From the back: Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.