Nice subset of items which arrived yesterday.
In The Cities Of Coin And Spice (2007)
I’m currently reading the first book of Catherynne M Valente‘s two-part Orphans Tales, which was a Christmas present and this is the second. I’ve been circling her writing for a good while, skimming reviews and Wikipedia pages, listening to the odd short story podcast, etc. She writes fantasy that tends to take myth, tradition, folklore or in this case the structure of the 1001 Nights as its jumping off point rather than Tolkien + D&D + grimdark. Definitely want to read a few more of her novels as I’m interested in the subjects she picks.
The Werewolf And The Wormlord (1991)
You’ll only find Hugh Cook‘s books secondhand these days. I absolutely love them, even the odd duffer, but try not to talk about them as I can’t do their idiosyncratic merits justice. I particularly wanted to revisit this one after reading about the “upcoming” Were-Monster episode of The X-Files, as I recalled this book featuring a were-hamster amongst other things. Hugh Cook‘s stuff tends towards tongue-in-cheek, bleak deconstructions of capital-F Fantasy by way of Voltaire‘s Candide on a good day. Most centre around individuals buffeted by wider world events. The fact that all the book titles are “The W-something and the W-something” is the icing on the cake.
The Hunger (1983)
David Bowie and Susan Sarandon vampire film which I’ve heard of yet somehow never seen, partly because I’ve always avoided vampire stuff with the exceptions of:
- Dracula (novel)
- Deadly Headly (a pork-pie and ketchup eating vampire from “Buster” comic)
- True Blood (before it slipped from good-bad to bad-bad)
- La Morte Amoureuse (short story sometimes translated as Clarimonde)
A mystery PS2 game so unsaleably poor that it’s in mint condition. Or as mint as something in its original wrapping but kicked around a scabby warehouse for a decade can be. Only to be unveiled when the time and company is right, so don’t hold your breath(s) for now.
That’s your lot!