The editors of The Wild Hunt serve up a handful of their current reads. Have you read any of these titles? What is on your To Be Read list?
"My heart is so, so full this October. Partly from a much needed vacation in the mountains, but mainly from these reads."
CROOKED KINGDOM Leigh Bardugo filled my heart with so much joy when I read Six of Crows at the beginning of the year. I have been in love with adventure stories since I was fourteen, and I continuously crave scurrying over rooftops and desperate shootouts with my characters. I can happily shout that there is plenty of rooftop scaling and pistols in Crooked Kingdom. Leigh has created this frightening group of misfits who defy all Young Adult norms, and I am so happy I live in a time where authors do not fear the much-needed diversity in books. I have been waiting in desperation for Crooked Kingdom for so, so long, and I cannot begin to explain the magic that is this book. I would do anything to be able to read it again for the first time. I’ve said it before, but this book and those characters and that plot are every single reason I love to read.
SAGA, VOLUME 3 I am so late in jumping on this bandwagon, but I do not regret becoming a fan of Saga at all. The artwork is absolutely brilliant and telling, and I’m not sure I’ve ever read a story quite like this one. You believe every panel you’re reading, and I find it so fascinating. I feel like this little family is my family, and I’m rooting for Marko and Alana to keep their daughter, Hazel, safe and happy. Mostly because Hazel is a baby but mainly because she’s such a feisty narrator. I’m even a fan of the villains, because, you know, they are just doing their job.
ILLUMINAE I only have a few hundred pages left of Illuminae and I don’t want it to end. This adventure is told through emails, military files, IMs, interviews, medical reports, video surveillance, and more. You do not slip into this story; you slam into these characters lives from the first page. It is a fabulous twist on the intergalactic war story. It has an AI you’re actually terrified of yet love to pieces, prose you want to live in, and witty banter in all the right places. I’ll definitely be picking up the newly released sequel after this.
"I'm very focused on plot, plot, plot this season...and thrills. I'm looking to books that layer and hide and build worlds and stories."
11/22/63 It’s about that time of year when I dive into Stephen King’s back catalog. I usually only have a chance once a year—at most—and this year, I’m looking to catch up on titles that I’ve been meaning to read for awhile. I remember when 11/22/63 came out and the plot sounded both entirely Stephen King and entirely not. It was during a very busy time in my life, and I’m not a fan of hardbacks (you can’t easily carry them with you on mass transit), so I put it off till now. I had heard good things, and I was particularly interested in how King deals with plot in connection with time travel, which can be a difficult theme to not get too tangled up in. I’m a sucker for American history and the real pleasure is the attention to detail and world building for the years 1958-1963.
THE WICKED BOY: THE MYSTERY OF A VICTORIAN CHILD MURDERER I’ve read Kate Summerscale’s previous true crime books and they are so pleasurable. Sometimes, I feel as if we are in a deluge of memoir and very ego driven non-fiction books these days, that finding a different sort of title to be thrilling. I’m only at the very beginning and am anticipating a curious case. For people who think the past was all peachy-keen, Summerscale will certainly smash that delusion.