Books in October

This is a tiny bit late, but you can’t have everything. This is a look at the books I will try to read in October. They are a bit different, it’s a bit all over the page, but it’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to it.

Never let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
In an attempt to read books by authors starting with all the different letters of the alphabet I needed one that started with an I. This was one I already had, so that works out nicely. Never let me Go is a book about a boarding school where children are raised to become donors. They are told they are special but not actually taught any life skills. They’re just made to be healthy and make various forms of art. They’re basically clones made to be donors for sick people. The protagonist, Kathy, is now 31 and is a carer for other children like her. Two people from her past, Ruth and Tommy, who also went to Hailsham, re-enter life and she has to rethink her life and see what she actually wants. It sounds sort of compelling, which I like. It obviously discusses genetics and how far people go for medicine and science, so it’ll be interesting.

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
I needed an author starting with E, and I have had this book for a while. I don’t know why I bought it, might have been because I’m a weirdo about cemeteries, I don’t know what it is, just like them. Also I want to go to Prague. So you know. It’s about a man named Simone Simonini who was born in Turin, Italy. He grows up with his reactionary grandfather who hates Jews. When his grandfather dies Simonini is studying law and learns forgery. The book is based on a lot of history and Simonini is the only fictional character in the book. It sounds cool, he becomes a spy, there’s intrigue. Excitin’ stuff.

Strange Affair of the Spring-heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
This is a book set in the 1800s, in a different 1800s where queen Victoria is dead and Prince Albert runs the UK. It’s a steam-punk novel where the UK is full of fancy technology invented by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The protagonists are explorer and military man Richard Burton and his friend, poet and masochist Algernon Swinburne. A mechanical thing, called the Spring-heeled Jack is assaulting young women, and the two of them are asked to investigate it. It sounds cool. I’m curious.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
This is a children’s book about a girl names Hazel who is best friends with Jack, then one day Jack just stops talking to her. Hazel’s mother says that sometimes friends just drift apart, but Hazel knows that isn’t the case. Jack’s heart has been frozen and he’s been taken into the forest by an evil queen, and he has to live in a palace of ice. Hazel goes into the forest to find her friend, and it sounds really good. It’s a retelling of the Snow Queen, but Hans Christian Andersen, which is not a fairy tale I don’t remember, but I have read a lot of fairy tales, I might have just forgotten it. It sounds cool though. I’m looking forward to it, I love fairy tales.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
This book sounded amazing, and indeed it is. I’ve started reading it and it’s bloody brilliant. It’s about a boy named Mackie Doyle who lives with his mom, dad and sister, but Mackie is different from the other people in his hometown of Gentry, his eyes are black, he’s too pale and he is allergic to iron and steel, he freaks out when he sees blood, or you know, he vomits. Mackie is a replacement, also called Changelings. In Gentry children sometimes die, and usually they are not the actual children, but Changelings like Mackie. Mackie is the only one who has grown to become a teenager, because his family loves him. It’s good now, and I imagine it won’t take a downward turn, so I think it can only get better.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
I recently finished Fire in the same series, or whatever it is, and I wanted to read the last one. This book is about Bitterblue, from Graceling. She is now 18 and the queen of Monsea, starting to get the country back together, but it is still suffering from the influence of Leck. I loved Graceling, and I found Fire a bit annoying, so I’m hoping Bitterblue is better. I’m assuming there’s a plot, but who knows?