Well, while I’ve been sharing the FictionFan Awards with you, the list of TBR contenders has continued to grow. I have collected a massive total of 38 possibles from the interesting and inspiring reviews you have all been producing over the last few weeks. But with a TBR still sitting at 97, and a Santa-related surge expected soon, I am cutting this list ruthlessly down to three. I must admit this was so difficult to do, I’ve pretty much had to just stick a pin in at random.
So here goes, then, for this week’s top trio…
Everyone’s a winner…
With grateful thanks to all the reviewers who’ve intrigued and inspired, here are the ones I couldn’t resist:
Cleopatra says: “I found this book thought-provoking although it wasn’t what you could call an entirely enjoyable read. In short there were moments when I was genuinely shocked at the revelations on the page in front of me. I found it disturbing how my sympathy for the various characters changed totally with each piece of information casually revealed.“
Novel Heights says “I can say for certain that Sigurdardottir knows how to crank up the tension! Most chapters end on something of a cliff-hanger and there were some incredibly tense scenes that I really wouldn’t have wanted to read when I was on my own. There is very little graphic horror but much more the fear of what you can’t see – what’s around the corner or behind the door. “
One of Margot’s picks of the year – so a must-read! Set in Punjab, a young girl is suspected of a horrific crime…
Margot says “This astounding debut novel tells the story of the murders of thirteen members of the wealthy Atwal family, and the efforts of one social worker to find out what happened on the night they died. It’s an unflinching look at life in Punjab, at the choices people make and why they make them, and at the effects of class, wealth and prejudice.“
And a few that slipped on to the TBR when I wasn’t looking…
A seminal book on environmentalism, recommended to me by BigSister, this has influenced not just many of the environmental writers of today but also government policy over the five decades since it was written.
“Despite condemnation in the press and heavy-handed attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book, Rachel Carson succeeded in creating a new public awareness of the environment which led to changes in government and inspired the ecological movement. It is thanks to this book, and the help of many environmentalists, that harmful pesticides such as DDT were banned from use…” Amazon
The Prof says: “There is a lingering sadness in each of the stories that is buffered by a thread of hope. A perfect example of a modern “Fairy Tale,” that is as suitable to adults as well as to children, A Kingdom Far and Clear is a haunting read that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last word.“
Recommended by Mike, not a blogger but a fellow Amazon reviewer. Mike’s previous recommendations to me include Gravity’s Engines, winner of this year’s FF Award for Science…but he’s also responsible for forcing me to read War and Peace. In typical Mike style, he has told me nothing about this book other than the title…
“Funny, smart and always surprising, A Naked Singularity speaks a language all of its own and reads like nothing else ever written. Casi’s beautiful mind and planetary intelligence make him an inimitable and unforgettable narrator.” Amazon
An intriguingly eclectic mix this week, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Now all I have to do is find time to read them…