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?
"The themes here are definitely dark and definitely British, and I couldn’t be happier."
HIS BLOODY PROJECT I feel mildly special to grab a copy of this before it was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize this year (don’t worry US readers, it will be available in October). Described as a 19th century thriller, you already know the crime at the beginning, but the narrative is unraveled through first-person interviews, the murderer’s memoir of sorts, and the trial transcript. I have a feeling that not everything is as it first seems. So far, this book is compelling. Who would have thought that sheep-tending and crofting could be so thrilling.
THE WASP FACTORY This has been on my shelf for ages and I’ve wanted to read it ever since it was recommended to me more than two years ago. I’m extremely interested in unreliable narrators and have written on the topic a few times. One reader recommended it and it’s proving to be a good choice. The narrator is unreliable and unlikable, the latter which I know can be problematic for some readers, but I love it. It looks like this month is piling up with dark reads.
FOXLOWE I’m trying to not read anything about this one beyond the jacket copy. It hooked me with the fact that it takes place within what appears to be a very controlling cult. I am inherently interested in anything about cults, and I’m doubly-curious in Foxlowe as it is a debut.
"Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to Six of Crows, aka one of the best adventure stories I’ve read in a while, by Leigh Bardugo comes out on September 27th, so, for me, the beginning of September is for standalones and short stories."
A WILD SWAN: AND OTHER TALES There are days you venture off to the library with a purpose, and then there are days you wander up and down the “New in Fiction” aisles during your lunch break hoping something catches your eye. I have absolutely no idea what I’m getting myself into in regards to this book, but I know I love the cover and the illustrations throughout this little anthology by Michael Cunningham. I’m sure to enjoy these twisted little tales.
THE EARLY STORIES OF TRUMAN CAPOTE Other Voices. Other Rooms really resonated with me when I was studying English Literature in college; maybe because Capote loved and hated the queerness of the south as much as I do, or maybe because I loved his character, Idabel, with a passion and wrote an essay about her green glasses. I’m thrilled to see what Capote was like in his earlier years as a writer. Also, I’m not usually a fan of forewords; however, I really feel like Hilton Als did a great job with this one.