Tear Tracks – by Malka Older
Here’s another sci-fi read I stumbled upon while browsing Tor.com’s list of short stories. I saw it dealt with the theme of first encounter and cultural difference and decided to give it a go.
Silver In The Wood – by Emily Tesh
Silver In The Wood was brought to my attention by a book club I had casually joined on Discord. A romantic fantasy with strong cottagecore vibes, I can’t say this book left me with any particularly strong impression, nevertheless I still enjoyed its fresh and simple escapism.
Mexican Gothic – by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Happy Halloween, folks! The final entry of my horror-themed reading list takes us back to the the classic atmosphere and tropes of gothic fiction, combining their timeless appeal with more modern sensibilities and symbolism. A much anticipated read and a very satisfying one.
Acceptance – by Jeff VanderMeer
Third and last part of the Southern Reach series, Acceptance is meant to give closure to a narration that is, by its very nature, elusive and disconcerting. Once again, I went in expecting no answer, but ready to enjoy all of its impossible questions.
Authority – by Jeff VanderMeer
Soon after finishing Annihilation, I went and picked the second book of VanderMeer’s trilogy – not just because I had included it in my monthly plan, but because I had to find out what else the author had in mind. With this I am not saying that I expected any form of clarification to the first novel’s outcome – instead, I was looking forwards to see how its madness could be expanded even further.
Manhunt – by Gretchen Felker-Martin
I stumbled upon this title by chance, as it often happens. I heard that it dealt with the typical themes of gender apocalypse from the point of view of transgender people, and that it was an especially gory example of splatterpunk – I decided that was enough information to add it to my horror reading list.
Annihilation – by Jeff VanderMeer
The second entry of this month’s special list of creepy stories isn’t strictly speaking a horror novel: Annihilation, in fact, is perhaps more often described as a science fiction book, and more accurately as a typical expression of the New Weird – a literary movement that crosses the boundaries between other types of speculative fiction, playing with their tropes to new and surprising ends. Or, in other words, something I definitely must read.
Nothing But Blackened Teeth – by Cassandra Khaw
Here we go with the first entry of my horror-focuses reading list for October. Nothing But Blackened Teeth was advertised as “steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists”. Which in the end was only partly true, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
The Horror! The Horror! – Creepy Reads For October
The skies grow darker, Halloween is in the air – time to focus on the creepy side of my TBR. I am talking about horror stories, or books that anyway feature some scary, disturbing theme. Here’s a very quick list of what I have in mind. Of course reviews will follow in due time. Nothing […]
Brown Girl In The Ring – by Nalo Hopkinson
I must confess a pet peeve of mine – I can’t suffer when someone says that fantasy is “all the same” because it can’t help but repeat the same tired myths and tropes. I mean, if one’s knowledge is limited to a list of Tolkien knockoffs, maybe they shouldn’t speak for an entire genre that, […]