Late, late again. I don’t even remember reading those books (KIDDING). Anyways, there’s only 4 legit fiction books here, but I added everything cause it looks beautiful.
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club ✪
Genevieve Valentine (2014)
Definitely recommended! A retelling of the “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” fairy-tale set in 1920s Manhattan, with lots of sisters and dancing. (Full review here →)
The Unwritten ✪
Vol. 8: Orpheus in the Underwold
Mike Carey & Peter Gross (2013)
I looove this comic. It’s the only comic I regularly buy and read (and been doing since my brother bought Vol.1 out of curiosity 3 years ago), but I’d never posted about it here. Now I figured: why not? So here it is.
It has elements from fantasy, from thrillers, and from fairy-tales. Most of all, though, this series is about Stories (in caps). About how Stories shape people, shape cultures, shape the world. Which is why I love it: It’s fun and exciting, but it’s also incredibly smart and deep. And very very very meta. You all have to read it. The writing is superb, and the art too (even the ladies).
I was not crazy about the two new characters and side-story in Australia, but I still liked it a lot. I loved Richie’s bit too, and I’m a bit scared of him now. And I’m very glad Lizzie’s back (although Tom is not). Vol. 8 was probably better, but I loved that in Vol. 7 the story Tom tries to get into is Picnic at Hanging Rock :D
Emmannuel Royidis (1866)
(trans. Lawrence Durrell 1974)
About Pope Joan, the “mythical” pope that legend says was a woman.The book is dense and funny, but it couldn’t hold my attention. I still finished, and I don’t regret having read it, but… (Full review here →)
Strange Bodies ✪ book of the month
Marcel Theroux (2013)
A great read, probably my favourite book this month (OK, I feel so guilty saying that with a Raibow Rowell book on the list, BUT—MARINA stop, don’t compare them, they’re different, OK? calm down.) Deep breath.
I don’t know how to tell you about it without spoiling it too much. It’s a sci-fi novel, with weird science and big conspiracies and stuff, but it definitely gets deep and provocative. It starts with the sentence “Whatever this is, it started when Nicky Slopen came back from the dead.” so yo know it can only get better from here. It’s a well-written page-turner, and frankly, what else can you ask from a book?
Rainbow Rowell (2014)
I am obviously in love with Rainbow Rowell (as a writer, but also from what you can learn of her as a person, tbh), and I await each of her books with anticipation. Landline delivered: it’s sad, but hopeful, real and fantastic at once, well-written, with those amazing complex characters she’s so good at creating. That said, though, it wasn’t my favourite of hers. I know that each of her books can’t be my favourite, so I won’t complain. (I might write a better review when I’m not feeling like my head might explode from writing.)
Why Do Dramas Do That? Part I
Dramabeans: Javabeans & Girlfriday (2013)
You might or might have not noticed my sudden obsession with kdramas (South Korean TV shows). I watched my first one in June, and since then I haven’t stopped. The first time you watch one is a total culture-shock (as it would be if I watched now an American show for the first time ever), and the dramabeans website was of huge help to me (to contextualise things and explain that what I didn’t get). And while this book makes sense reading only if you’re a kdrama-watcher, I think that anybody who is curious about other cultures could have fun with it. It’s very illuminating… and got me curious on the Korean Wave, so I might check out The Birth of Korean Cool too.
The Unwritten Fables
Mike Carey, Bill Willingham, Peter Gross & Mark Buckingham (2014)
I’ve already said why I love The Unwritten above, so I won’t repeat myself. I posted this one separately because it’s a crossover between Fables and The Unwritten. Except it’s an AU for Fables (something that could but didn’t happen—of which I’m glad because I don’t want to be spoiled), but real for The Unwritten. I’m super super super excited to see where it gets from here. The series has even changed its name to The Unwritten Apocalypse.
The Western Canon: The Books and Schools of the Ages
Harold Bloom (1994)
I read that for my dissertation, and while I’m not posting here the rest of books and articles I’ve been reading for it (DON’T WANNA BORE YOU), I posted some quotations from this one, so I thought I’d share. The man, Bloom, is pro-Canon, which is quite an ambivalent topic, and after reading what he has to say about it, I can’t say that he’s convinced me at all (SO elitist). But his chapter on Persuasion was on point, and worth a read. Anybody who sings the praises of JA has my heart.
✪ = Recommended!