TBR Thursday 171…

Episode 171…

You see, the thing is, sometimes even when your TBR is standing at 227, you discover you simply don’t have the books you really need. The nights are getting longer and the fretful porpentine is stirring and when I checked I realised I had hardly any horror on my list. So, you see, the tiny jump in my TBR this week makes perfect sense when you look at it in the right way. Up 6 to 233. I think I’m getting better at handling these jumps though…

Here are a few more that I should run into soon…


Courtesy of the British Library. I’m in major spooky mood at the moment and have acquired some fab books to feed the porpy’s imagination! This one sounds like fun. I’ve read more of Lovecraft’s weird tales than his gothic ones, but the couple I have read have been excellent, so I’m trembling in anticipation! (I’m also drooling over the sheer gorgeousness of the book – the image doesn’t do it justice.)

The Blurb says: H. P. Lovecraft is best known for his tales of cosmic horror, in which unnameable nightmares torment the limits of human consciousness. This mastery of weird and unspeakable terror is underpinned by the writer’s sizeable contribution to Gothic fiction. This new collection of Lovecraft’s stories is the first to concentrate on his Gothic writing and includes tales from the beginning to the very end of the author’s career. The writer’s weird vision mixes brilliantly with the trappings of earlier Gothic horror to form innovative mosaics of frightful fiction that will long haunt the reader’s subconscious.

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After enjoying my re-read of The Day of the Triffids so much, I’m in the mood for more Wyndham and this audiobook has been hanging around on my Kindle for too long. It’s narrated by Alex Jennings – I haven’t listened to any of his narrations before but I know he’s very popular…

The Blurb says: Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

The Kraken Wakes is a tale of humanity’s efforts to resist alien invasion, narrated by Mike who unfolds the story as experienced by the couple – from the earliest signs of trouble, to the conflict between the sea-dwelling creatures and the human world. John Wyndham’s classic science-fiction masterpiece is powerfully brought to life in this unabridged production.

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Classic Fiction

The book contains two novellas and the one I’ll be reading this time is Miss Lonelyhearts, which is on my Classics Club list. For some reason, I thought this was a light-hearted bit of fluff, but the blurb makes me think I was wrong!

The Blurb says: Miss Lonelyhearts was a newspaper reporter, so named because he had been assigned to write the agony column, to answer the letters from Desperate, Sick-of-It-All, Disillusioned. A joke at first; but then he was caught up, terrifyingly, in a vision of suffering, and he sought a way out, turning first here, then there—Art, Sex, Religion. Shrike, the cynical editor, the friend and enemy, compulsively destroyed each of his friend’s gestures toward idealism. Together, in the city’s dim underworld, Shrike and Miss Lonelyhearts turn round and round in a loathsome dance, unresolvable, hating until death…

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Historical Crime

Courtesy of Head of Zeus via NetGalley. It’s by Martin Edwards, the man who knows everything about vintage crime, does loads of the intros for the British Library Crime Classics series and inspired my Murder, Mystery, Mayhem challenge. Now he’s turned his hand to his own version of a “vintage” crime novel – how could I possibly resist that?

The Blurb says: LONDON, 1930 – Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths – the details too foul to print – has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake – the enigmatic daughter of a notorious hanging judge – is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard’s embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder, and now she’s on the trail of another killer.

Jacob Flint, a young newspaperman temporarily manning The Clarion’s crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He’s certain there is more to the Miss Savernake’s amateur sleuthing than meets the eye. He’s not the only one. His predecessor on the crime desk was of a similar mind – not that Mr Betts is ever expected to regain consciousness after that unfortunate accident…

Flint’s pursuit of Rachel Savernake will draw him ever-deeper into a labyrinth of deception and corruption. Murder-by-murder, he’ll be swept ever-closer to its dark heart – to that ancient place of execution, where it all began and where it will finally end: Gallows Court.

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NB All blurbs and covers taken from Goodreads or Audible UK.

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So…what do you think? Do any of these tempt you?

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48 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 171…

  1. SQUEEEE I need the Martin Edwards one now! NOW! Apologies for jumping right in there with that, but doesn’t the blurb just sound brilliant?! And, like you, I have loved his intros and marvelled at his classic detective fiction knowledge… I think he could be *whisper it* my new Horowitz…
    Also the others look promising, too. The Lonelyhearts one sounds super and you can’t go wrong with a bit of Lovecraft. I shall be interested to see what the Kraken one is like – not usually my sort of thing but I’m intrigued. Right, I think I’ll go and have a bit of a sit down now, after all that excitement… 🙂

    • I love the sound of the Martin Edwards! And as a fellow Christie fan, did you spot that his heroine’s name is paying homage? Savernake is the name of one of the characters in The Hollow. 😀 Oh, and have you spotted there’s a new Horowitz coming out too – the second in his detective series? I’m afraid I’ve decided to give it a miss having not enjoyed the first one much… 😦

      Lovecraft is a lot of fun so far, and these stories are delightfully short, unlike his usual rambling horrors! The Kraken is a re-read for me, so I can tell you already that it’s great – though maybe not quite as great as The Day of the Triffids. As for Miss Lonelyhearts, I’m coming to the conclusion Americans don’t do fun… 😉

  2. See, that’s the thing, FictionFan. How can you not get some good horror stories and sci-fi, too, for those winter nights? And there is no possible way you could have resisted the Martin Edwards book. Quite honestly, I consider these purchases to be quite necessary, and, therefore, completely understandable.

    • Well, exactly! It would have been cruel to the porpy not to get them! The Edwards book looks great, doesn’t it? Haha – I’m also performing a public service by keeping the postal service profitable… 😀

    • I hardly read any horror last year and that seems to have made me doubly keen this year! The Edwards looks great, doesn’t it? And definitely today’s popular choice… 😀

    • He’s definitely today’s popular choice! Ha – I was thinking that too when I saw he had his own book coming out. I seem to be mentioning him at least once every couple of weeks these days… 😀

  3. As the seasons are (hopefully, please let it get cooler soon) about to change of course you would need some more books appropriate for Fall! I totally understand! (Says the woman who is sitting on a 327 – or was it 328? – TBR list number.) I think the Martin Edwards sounds most appealing – truly you couldn’t say no to that one.

    • It’s already getting much cooler here, I’m delighted to say. I’m a true northerner – give me wind and rain rather than sunshine! Haha – I tried to exercise some willpower but the call of the horror anthologies was just too strong… 😉 (That’s pretty good for you – you must be doing better at the culling!) The Edwards looks great, doesn’t it? And definitely today’s popular choice… 😀

  4. Quite fancy the Martin Edwards. I have 3 separate TBRs – physical, want to read but don’t own, and Kindle. The only one I can tell you the size of is the want to read but don’t own – that’s nearly 600 at mo!

    • The Edwards looks great, doesn’t it? And definitely today’s popular choice… 😀 Ha! I only admit to number in the wishlist at the end of each quarter. The 233 is books I own but haven’t read! But at least some of them are Kindle. My house still looks like a book warehouse though… 😉

  5. I know what you mean FF – you have all the books but at the same time you have none. How else can I explain having over 500 books and sometimes not feeling like reading any of them…..

    • Haha – I know! Some of the older ones on my list just don’t appeal much any more even though I did a big cull a while ago. But there’s something about receiving new books… 😀

  6. Tbh, the books that tempt me are classics. I went to one of my favorite used bookstores and EVERY book I purchased was a classic. (I think I picked up 5 or 6). Surprisingly one was a gorgeous edition of catch 22, a book I read and didn’t love but the edition I did love so…. 🙈😂 But seeing your post makes me think of how I must come up with a more consolidated list for tracking which books are on my massive TBR. I have too many spreadsheets with different tabs and it’s just been a big hodge podge of books. I’ve been taking the TBR in shorter chunks like which books are must reads for the year versus overall TBR.

    • You’ll be happy to hear that several of the books I’ve just acquired are classics then! It’s partly my Classics Club list that is driving me to get all these books – and then there’s vintage crime… and vintage horror… in fact, I was thinking I really need to acquire some new releases soon… 😉 My TBR spreadsheet is ridiculous and I spend way too much time sorting lists of books instead of actually reading them. But in truth, I think I enjoy the spreadsheet as much as the books quite often! Yes, I usually try to plan three months ahead rather than looking at the whole pile, but I keep changing as something or other sends me off in a different direction… 😀

  7. The first Lovecraft I read was Gothic horror, it was only later I discovered Cthulu, and the Edwards sounds great.

    • I started with the weird stuff and had very mixed feelings about it – too long and rambling. But these Gothic stories are delightfully short and, so far, brilliant! The Edwards does look good, doesn’t it? And definitely today’s popular choice… 😀

  8. Now you know that I can’t just let this go without remark. What were you thinking!?! You almost had a downward trend going, and then you do this. I am flabbergasted at your lack of self-control. (She says as she simultaneously scours NetGalley for more books to request.) 😊

  9. FF, I am tempted by The Kraken Wakes and Gallows Court, and I think it is perfectly reasonable that you needed to add to your TBR… you couldn’t possibly go into autumn without something suitably spooky or horrifying to read?! 😀

    • The Kraken Wakes is very good and I have high expectations for Gallows Court! Haha – see, I knew other readers would understand my dilemma. I’ve now acquired enough spookiness to fill a whole haunted house… 😉

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