Monday, August 3, 2009
This month's theme is Mystery. Crime and mystery is one of the most popular fiction genres at the moment. Many novels have some sort of mysterious element, whether it's a crime that needs to be solved, a ghost story with suspicious characters, or perhaps just a character with something to hide. With so many fantastic books to chose from in this genre, don't let my suggested reading list stop you, go out and read whatever you like!
Mysterious reading suggestions:
*Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
*The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
*The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
*Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Edgar Allen Poe
*The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
*Affinity by Sarah Waters
*The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
*The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
*Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
*The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
*One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
*Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larssen
*The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Authors that write crime fiction:
*John Le Carre
*P. D. James
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favourite books. It's a very haunting novel that leaves you hanging until the very last page until the mystery is solved! It's about a young woman who marries Maxim de Winter, a widow. When she moves to Manderlay with him, she realises that his wife, Rebecca, may be dead but is still a prescence to contend with, as is Manderlay itself. Beautiful prose personifies the house, "when the leaves rustle, they sound very much like the stealthy movement of a woman in evening dress, and when they shiver suddenly and fall, and scatter away along the ground, they might be the pitter, patter of a woman's hurrying footsteps, and the mark in the gravel the imprint of a high-heeled satin shoe." and brings to life the gothic romance of the narrator and Mr de Winter. Brilliant!
10th August, 10.44am
American Gods by Neil Gaiman is not a traditional mystery book but has a murder and twist within. It's a strange book, a little fantasy mixed in as well because there are Gods in it. They walk the earth with us but no longer worshipped as they were in the old time. The names are great too. Mr Nancy is really Anansi, a West African god or Mr Jacquel is Anubis the Jackal-headed god. If you like something a little different and bizarre, this is the book for you.
10th August, 2.30pm
The Alexander McCall Smith, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series are a really great mystery read. There is humour, history, drama and a few mysteries woven into the story that make them an easy, delightful read for anyone!
11th August, 2.10pm
Middlesex is an amazing read. Beginning with a desperate flight from a war zone, it begins as the story of two Greek immigrants to the USA who harbour a dark secret. Eugenides has created some truly memorable characters, not the least of which is Cal, the grandaughter who turns out to be a boy, hence the title. Highly recommended, it didn't win the Pulitzer for nothing!
I really enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. The story is told through the eyes of a teenage boy who has autism. His sees the world through a different perspective and gives you an insight into what it's like living with a disability and trying to make sense of happenings around him. Apparently the author has worked with people with disabilities and he felt he could put himself into the shoes of someone with autism. Whether he entirely suceeds is very difficult to judge, but anything that raises awareness of people with disabilities is good. It's a very quick and easy book to read. Loved it.