Holiday books - the stocktake

Just back from a week away in the glorious East Neuk of Fife, staying in a cottage at St.Monans and walking the coastal path back and forward to Pittenweem (for the arts festival), or into Elie, and managed to take in St. Andrews and Dundee as well. I particularly love the former for its many charity shops as well as the odd book shop, and the latter is a tight, compact city with some great side-streets and unusual shops to explore. Another blog will tell some tales from that part of the world - you guessed it, here comes another 'Spooky Scotland', but in the meantime, books I took on holiday were:

'Naomi's Room' by Jonathan Aycliffe - yes, a reread, and a book I devoured on holiday, but a great (and unflinching) ghost story in places. I've got the audio book version of this read by Tony Britton, and I played it in the car one night driving about 40 miles in the dark and was convinced there was something in the car behind me.

'The Midnight Examiner' by William Kotzwinkle - another reread, my desert island book, and maybe the funniest book ever. I certainly laughed out loud on holiday and got even more funny looks from the kids than usual.

'The Ice Queen' by Alice Hoffman - never made it to this one, but it would have been another reread.

And books I bought, included:

'The House That Jack Built' by Guy Adams - a 'Torchwood' book written by the chair of the British Fantasy Society, which has been picking up good reviews.

'The Unlimited Dream Company' by JG Ballard.

'The Maltese Falcon' by Dashiell Hammett. I've read some of his short stories and 'The Thin Man', but never this book - shame on me, no excuse now.

'Witchery Tales' by Adam Lyal - true stories about spooky Edinburgh.

'Handling the Undead' by John Ajvide Lindqvist, , more undeadness (but which sort?) from the man who wrote 'Let the Right One In'.

'The Last King of Fife' which is Eleanor Livingstone's first poetry pamphlet.

'A Poetry Sampler' by Eleanor Livingstone - just what it says on the tin.

'The Quest for the Celtic Key' - by Karen Halls-Macleod and Ian Robertson - conspiracy theories meet Scottish history.

'The Collected Short Stories of Saki' by Hector Hugh Munro. Put yourself in the hands of a short story master.

'Starr Bright Will Be With You Soon' by Joyce Carol Oates writing as Rosamond Smith. One of the greatest writers on the planet flexes her thriller writing muscles, and just looking at it, comes up with an untypical narrative style.

'More than Human' by Theodore Sturgeon.

'Gazetter of Scottish Ghosts' by Peter Underwood.

'Slights' by Kaaron Warren - a new horror novel from a new publisher - 'Angry Robot'.

By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 08 August 2009 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(3558)