Miéville’s always been one of those names, you know? I’d heard of him, heard he was a bit of a Marmite guy, but everyone agrees he’s an author that you have to try at least once in your life. So I bookmarked the guy, decided to pick up his latest story about a boy on a hill in a houseful of keys. I was excited to see if it was my cuppa tea.
This is a story about the end of the world. Except not really.
It’s a love story set in a not-so-distant future. Except not really.
It’s a story about a clever little boy with a two-second time machine and a young witch who can talk to animals. But it’s so much more than that. It wasn’t what I had expected, but that’s mainly because I didn’t know what to expect at all. All I know is that I stumbled upon the blurb on Goodreads six months ago and immediately went
Since reading The Thorn Birds a few years ago (and basking in its brilliance), I have been looking for an epic generational saga that matched its sweeping, sprawling awesomeness. I came fairly close with The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I thought I’d get closer still with this one, turns out it placed somewhere nice and snug between the two. And it was still a marvelously entertaining read. Continue reading
Wild West + Supernatural = apparently my cuppa tea.
This one had it all: an action-based plot with folklore-inspired monsters, a bit of gentle comedy and a heroine that I fell in love with from halfway through the first chapter. I adored her the minute she took offense to a surly bloke attempting to have his way with her. Literally. Continue reading
10. The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
A diamond in the rough, a brilliantly crafted, folklore-based jaunt around San Francisco’s Chinatown and the spirit world therein. I cannot tell you how much I was inspired by the folklore and magic in this book. I loved the characters and their relationships, I loved the main character’s journey and I appreciated the unpredictable plot. I really think anyone can find inspiration from this novel, I really recommend this one highly.