Kes: On my home-world it’s much simpler. You choose a mate for life. There’s no distrust, no envy, no betrayal.
The Doctor: Your world must have very dry literature.
I’m delighted to report that for the first time in months my TBR list has actually fallen – by one – to 99! However, this week you all had a wonderful time trying to undo all my hard work. In fact, twelve reviews tempted me this week, so I have had to ruthlessly shortlist…
Always a Bridesmaid Awards
With grateful thanks to the reviewers/recommenders, here are the runners-up in this week’s contest:
Mysteries in Paradise says: “Public infrastructure is collapsing. Fuel supplies are almost nil. There is no public transport, telephony is collapsing, there are very few cars on the road. Outside public buildings people hand out pamphlets urging citizens to pray. And all the time the asteroid gets closer. The exact location of where it will hit, and exactly what day are still unknown.”
The Indiscriminate Critic says “For such a slim volume, it takes up a surprisingly large footprint in the imagination. Conjuring up sounds of train whistles and wolf howls, the thematic echoes manage to fill the spaces between. In many ways, it’s an epic writ small.”
What Amy Read Next says “Tigers in Red Weather is a honest and beautiful novel of desire, abandon, despair and quiet desperation, offering the reader a dark mystery and an equally dark look into the inner workings of marriage, mental illness and the lives of the rich. The hot, lazy, summer setting with a bit of glamour thrown in echoes themes from The Great Gatsby, as facades are crumbling and ugly truths are surfacing..”
LitBeetle says “They want to enrapture people, gain power over them, control their hopes and quell their doubts. Burnham wants to accomplish this through the artistry of architecture, throwing millions into reverie at what humankind can accomplish in an impossibly short amount of time. Holmes wants to seduce people with his charm and control their lives, and eventually control their deaths.”
And this week’s bride is…
A story of shared humanity and the search for home. Specifically recommended to me by Lady Fancifull.
Lady Fancifull says “I’m deliberately saying nothing about how these worlds and voices connect and form something lovely – tender, horrendous, shocking, charming – because this is a book which demands the reader to have the experience, be surprised, be amused, be sickened, be saddened, laugh, cry.”
To be honest, I have no idea what this book is about – all the reviews seem to be vague in the extreme – but Lady Fancifull’s track record of picking books I’ll like is pretty high…
Now all I have to do is find time to read it…