Books I Want to Read
The Uninvited Guests: A Novel...For lovers of Downton Abbey, this debut novel chronicles one night at an English countryside house, when the survivors of a catastrophic train accident descend upon an elegant dinner party. Though the tone is more witty than scary, the mystery is as cleverly woven as anything Agatha Christie penned. (Must read this!)
Equal of the Sun - by Anita Amirrezvani. Persia in the 16th century is rife with intrigue and danger. The Shah has died without a successor, and his daughter and protege, Princess Pari Khan Kanoom, maneuvers to secure a position of power in a man's world. She is aided by the eunuch, Javaher, a man who loves the princess more than life. Based on historical figures
Equal of the Sun
This elegant debut is a striking example of a nostalgic yet modern fairy tale. When two competing magicians lay a wager as to which can mold the more powerful protege, they opt to use a fantastical traveling wonderland -- The Night Circus -- as the venue for the competition. What is meant to be a battle of magical skills evolves into something much deeper as apprentices Celia and Marco enchant not only the circus around them, but also each other. The real conflict arises when the two realize how the competition is meant to end and they set about trying to change their predestined fate. I adored diving into Morgenstern's mesmerizing world and mourned when I reached the end.
The Night Circus
The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy)
Railsea, China Miéville (Moby Dick) Miéville’s newest novel is something like an echo, or an “affectionate parody” of Melville’s classic (and the similarity of their surnames makes us shiver with a bit of extra joy), transported to a land crossed by train tracks, where Captain Naphi of the moletrain Medes pursues Mocker-Jack, his great “old-tooth colored” moldywarpe.
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood (The Odyssey) Like LeGuin, Atwood explores the feminine side of one of our most essential literary works, this time through the eyes of Penelope, Odysseus’s loyal wife. Witty and charming, Atwood challenges the patriarchal standard of Greek myths and entertains us at the same time
a land more kind than home
It is hard to imagine a more compelling, taut, well-written story of a group of survivors in a lifeboat of the consequences of the choices they make. This is a page-turner for sure and it's one that made me think hard about what humans really are at their core. All I can say is...it's complicated. Charlotte Rogan is one talented lady. ~ Kathryn