Friday, May 5, 2017

Pick of the Month [April 2017]

I read 13 books in April in what was another good reading month for me. For April I wanted to try something different and focused on my ever expanding tbr pile. I deliberately shied away from review books to delve deep into my shelves and read some books which had sat there unattended to for far too long. Of the tbr reads Red Country, the fantasy-western by Joe Abercrombie and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson were the picks of the bunch. I also snuck in a couple of rereads, The Devil by Ken Bruen - which I loved the second time after not liking it much when I first read it years ago, and This is Not a Game (TINAG) by Walter Jon Williams, loved it then, loved it now. I recently ordered Deep State, the follow-up to TINAG and can't wait to read it.  

Continuing the theme of selecting recently finished reads for my pick for month I went with Red Country by Joe Abercrombie. I simply could not put this book down. Despite weighing in at well over 400 pages in small print hardcover I devoured in a couple days. While billed as a fantasy novel there isn't a whole lot of fantastical elements which makes it more of a western/crime centered story more than anything else. I strongly recommend this one. 

Read my review of Red Country here

I'm also selecting Little Deaths by Emma Flint as a joint pick of the month for April. The audio edition was superb and the narrators added a little something extra to what was already a very good crime novel.  

Read my review of Little Deaths here

Other highlights, in no particular order:

  • The Turnaround by George Pelecanos - a multi-generational crime novel about the aftermath of a momentary lapse in judgement and its long term flow on effect for those involved. 
  • Thrawn by Timothy Zahn - a canonical take on the popular character from the defunct Star Wars Extended Universe. 
  • Mr Clarinet by Nick Stone - a complex and deep private detective novel set in Haiti. I've got the other two books in the series waiting to be read. Really liked this one. 

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