Rating 5 stars
Read for the 20 Books of Summer readathon.
How to describe How The Light Gets In. The prosaic description is that it’s a collection of short stories. It’s not, though. Not entirely. These are ultra short stories, fragments in many cases, brief glimpses into the lives of people on the edge of the prosaic. I found some of the stories breathtaking, literally. At times, I found myself holding my breath with the emotion of being dropped into a situation and then realising the enormity of that situation to the person experiencing it. Continue reading
Rating 4 stars
I read an interview with Nafissa Thompson-Spires in the Guardian that prompted me to place an immediate reservation for her short story collection Heads of the Colored People at the library. Continue reading
For August’s 6 degrees of separation, we’ve been asked to start with the last book we finished in the month of July. Continue reading
Rating 3 stars
Read as part of the 20 Books of Summer readathon.
I accidentally started Women in Translation month early with this collection of short stories. I should have known that Angela Carter would include a few women whose first language isn’t English. After all, being a woman who doesn’t conform to the artificial notion of femininity isn’t an exclusively Anglophone thing.
Carter introduces her selections as being about women who aren’t really wicked or wayward, at least not all of them. Continue reading
I’ve missed a couple of the Six Degrees of Separation meme because of life, but I’m back for June and only a day late! I’m not letting the fact that I haven’t heard of let alone read the starting book for this month put me off.
I have 149 books that I own on my to read list. 78 of those are physical books that teeter in a pair of piles in front of one of my bookcases. When I read that Sandra (A Corner of Cornwall) and Paula (Book Jotter) are doing the 20 Books of Summer readathon hosted at Cathy’s blog 746 Books (I thought my to read pile was bad!), I decided this was the thing that I needed to focus my mind and get 20 of those books read. Continue reading
Rating 4 stars
Samanta Schweblin’s collection of short stories, Mouthful of Birds, is as unsettling as her debut novel. Between the pages of this collection, the quotidian is turned on its head and a creeping sense of menace permeates the unremarkable. The underlying message that I picked up was: be careful what you wish for. Continue reading