Another Monday, another chance to sit and talk books with you for a while…
My current reads:
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever. – Goodreads
SO EXCITED to be reading a new Stephen King book. Not only is it a great read so far, it FINALLY means I’ve started my Stephen King Reading Challenge. I was beginning to think this would never happen. It’s a shame I didn’t participate in that challenge last year as I devoured the whole Dark Tower series, but at last I’ve made a start.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.
Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear. – Goodreads
I’m still re-reading this one, and still loving the tv series a LOT. The series is now way beyond anything I can remember about reading the book for the first time, but I keep thinking there’s going to be something important regarding Childermass. It’s just a vague idea, and based on nothing in particular, so I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going to happen. Jonathan Strange himself, well, without giving any spoilers I can definitely recall ‘something’ that happens to him.
And a book I’ve just recently acquired from the library which I can’t wait to start:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped – Goodreads
I requested this one from the library AGES ago so was really happy when my book arrived. The only problem is, there is only one copy, and it arrived at exactly the same time as a couple of my other requests, so I’m trying to make sure I have enough time during the library loan period to read this book because I’m really looking forward to starting it.
That’s all from me for this week.
So, what are you reading?
Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post?
As always, let me know in the comments…