I’m participating today in WWW Wednesday!
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?
Currently reading: The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin, translated by Andrew Bromfield
“A Hu-Li is beautiful, slender and curiously foxlike. She lives in Moscow and works as a classy prostitute in the city’s premier hotels. But when a client goes inexplicably and fatally berserk at the sight of her in his luxury suite, A Hu-Li has to leave in a hurry. She decides to explore new avenues and place an ad on the internet – and that’s when the trouble really starts.”
This is a weird book: Set in a gritty Russia where everyone seems out to make money. A fox prostitute uses her tail to induce sexual visions in her clients. Whilst also searching out a meaning for her existence. This was recommended to me by a friend. I’m enjoy reading although its a little different to my usual taste for books it certainly is weird enough to keep me entertained.
The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke
“A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of the hit podcast Lore.”
A nicely written guide to the areas of folklore that surround each type of monster. Chapters are filled with legends and history on each creature type. Vampires, werewolves, sea monsters and ghosts are just a few of the monsters encountered within. Cute illustrated prints that enhance the text are scattered throughout. Its a great introduction to monster legends with a biography at the back for if you want to explore even more folklore.
My full review is here: The World of Lore
Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny
A wacky, playful, sci-fi book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Fred has been a perpetual student supported by funds from his cryogenic-frozen uncle. An alien artefact “the starstone gem” goes missing and everyone thinks Fred has it, including the aliens. What ensues is an adventure through multiple realities as we follow Fred’s quest to find the starstone and stay alive.
A good mix of sci-fi, sillyness and detective novel. Its a nicely quick and entertaining read with plenty of action and packed full of weird ideas and references.
My full review is here: Doorways in the Sand
Reading Next: White is for Whitching by Helen Oyeyemi
I will be reading this one as part of The Galactic Girlfiends Book Club. Its the October pick for us all to read. It looks suitably spooky and supernatural for Halloween month.
“High on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the loss of Lily, mother of twins Eliot and Miranda, and beloved wife of Luc. Miranda misses her with particular intensity. Their mazy, capricious house belonged to her mother’s ancestors, and to Miranda, newly attuned to spirits, newly hungry for chalk, it seems they have never left. Forcing apples to grow in winter, revealing and concealing secret floors, the house is fiercely possessive of young Miranda. Joining voices with her brother and her best friend Ore, it tells her story: haunting in every sense, White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi is a spine-tingling tribute to the power of magic, myth and memory. Miri I conjure you . . “
The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell
“In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.”
This is my kindle first book pick for October. It looks dark and full of twists to keep me engaged.