New purchases for September;
* The Never List by Koethi Zan
* Horns by Joe Hill
* Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
* Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
* Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. His stories are cleverly woven with intricate details and disturbing thoughts. I loved Coraline and The Graveyard Book. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was in the same league.
I know this phrase is overused in the reading world but this book was difficult to put down. It was quite a simple story yet its impact was immense. A child’s worst nightmare is to be taken by unknown creatures in the night. For the boy in this book nightmares become reality.
* ‘Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?’
* ‘But they have promised you to me, so I will have something to play with; something to keep me company in the dark.’
* ‘Huge, they were, and sleek, and ancient, and it hurt my eyes to look at them.’
* ‘And people change as much as oceans.’
* ‘I was wearing the right clothes for a hard day.’
Just a few books that I am waiting patiently for;
1) Joyland by Stephen King (JUNE) – As a fan I’ll read pretty much anything he writes but this plot just sounds intriguing and creepy. Set in a small-town amusement park in the 70s, student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder.
3) The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (APRIL) – I love both Illustrator and Writer and a picture book about being afraid of the dark will be enjoyed by my students (and myself).
4) Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (JAN but I haven’t had the time to get it as yet) – 11 connected stories with macabre and supernatural themes. Sounds fascinating.
5) In the Shadows of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (APRIL) – Séances, spirit photographers and early-twentieth-century photographs, what more could I ask for?
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