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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?