Author : Neil Gaiman
Publisher : Bloomsbury
Genre : Mythology
Source : Publisher
Rating : 3 stars
1. Loyal Stalkers is a book that’s a little different from other collections I’ve read. Why did you decide to go with interconnected short stories? Or was that accidental?
With short story collections readers connect with some stories more than others. I felt by having links, even if there are one or two stories a reader may not relate to as much, because they add to the overall story arch, their attention will not be lost. That is my hope at least. Also, I love movies such as Pulp Fiction and Short Cuts where characters pop in and out of each other’s stories.
Lots and lots of lovely new releases this month and I can’t wait to share them with you all!
CARNIVALESQUE – NEIL JORDAN
It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn’t… It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands … And at the end of one he saw the Hall of Mirrors. There were looping strings of carnival lights leading towards it and a large sign in mirrored glass reading ‘Bur Leigh’s Amazing Hall of Mirrors’ and the sign reflected the lights in all sorts of magically distorted ways. To Andy and his parents, it looks like any other carnival: Creaking ghost train, rusty rollercoaster and circus performers. But of course it isn’t. Drawn to the hall of mirrors, Andy enters and is hypnotised by the many selves staring back at him. Sometime later, one of those selves walks out rejoins his parents – leaving Andy trapped inside the glass, snatched from the tensions of his suburban home and transported to a world where the laws of gravity are meaningless and time performs acrobatic tricks. And now an identical stranger inhabits Andy’s life, unsettling his mother with a curious blankness, as mysterious events start unfolding in their Irish coastal town…
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Anyone who’s loved All The Light we Cannot See as much will understand how excited I am to see that there is another book from Mr.Doerr and this one is a nonfiction, based in another European locale.
“On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome…” This book chronicles his experiences in Rome and the happenings of that wonderful day.
This has already released internationally eons ago (2007) but this is new to me and I just spotted this on amazon India and I’m so psyched to read it!
Sum by David Eagleman is a book I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did. These are 40 tales from the afterlife and even though I vaguely remember Jen (Jen Campbell) praising this collection I didn’t really recall what she said when I bought it. So when I opened it expecting ghost stories and creepy tales I was sort of disappointed. But this disappointment lasted all of three seconds because within those three seconds I was hooked and this has now become my favourite short “story” collection of 2016.