Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. This was my first Vonnegut read, but won’t be my last. Vonnegut tells of his experiences in Dresden and the absurdity of war. In his own words: “there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again.” So it goes.
Oath Breaker by Michelle Paver. If you’ve read any of the other books of Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, you’ll enjoy this one. Again, Paver draws you into her world and keeps you engrossed. This is a light, quick read – targeted to young adults. Paver has a knack for bringing you into her ancient world and attaching you to the characters as they deal with personal demons and outside forces.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Admittedly, it took me a little while to get into Bradbury’s style. At first it felt a tad disjointed, although beautifully written. Once I got to grips with his style though, I thoroughly enjoyed his story-telling. He’s lyrical and richly descrtiptive. The story of two young boys an a nightmarish traveling carnival was perfectly creepy and brilliantly told. The theme of age and aging is strong and pulls on our own fears, regrets and hopes.
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. A compelling, thought-provoking and heartbreaking story. I admit to crying in a few places in the story. Shamsie covers quite an expanse of time from the A-bomb dropping in Nagasaki to post 9/11 New York. In between, the characters experience the Partition of Pakistan and India to the Soviets invasion of Afghanistan. Shamsie does an incredible job of weaving the lives of her characters together and each character’s strengths and weaknesses create an incredible story of love, survival, regret, forgiveness and the flaws of human nature. I did feel the ending a tad rushed though.
Frostbitten. I’m a fan of Kelley Armstrong since reading her first book of the Women of the OtherWorld series, Bitten. In this tenth installment, Elena Michaels and her but lover/mate/husband, Clay Danvers are back and we return to the world of the Pack. For those unfamilair with the series, Elena, Clay and the Pack are werewolves. Elena was the first woman we were introduced to in the series, and is, by far, my favourite. I’d probably suggest reading the full Women of the OtherWorld series before Frostbitten if you are at all interested in a supernatural world and gripping stories. If you’ve read some already and know of Elena and Clay, then you won’t be disappointed with Frostbitten. The story is gripping and fast-paced. We fall in love with the characters of Elena and Clay all over again, and Armstrong leaves a few openings for some new, exciting storylines. Frostbitten is a quick read and will definitely keep you turning the pages.