The Little Mermaid

Title: The Little Mermaid Writer: Hans Christian Andersen (translated by Misha Hoekstra Publishing House: Pushkin Children’s Books Date of Publication:March 10th 2020 Rating:5 stars ‘’You’ll keep your swaying way of moving, and no dancer will be able to glide like you- but with every step you take, it’ll feel like you’re stepping on a sharp knife that’ll make…

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Title: The Twelve Days of Christmas Writer: Traditional illustrated by Jan Brett Publishing House: G. B. Putnam’s Sons Date of Publication: October 15th 2019  (first published January 1st 1986) Rating: 5 stars ‘’And a partridge in a pear tree.’’ Because, obviously. When I start humming the tune of this most classic of songs, I know that I have…

After Me Comes The Flood

Title: After Me Comes The Flood Writer: Sarah Perry Publishing House: Custom House Date of Publication:March 17th 2020 (first published June 26th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ”What surprises me isn’t that we sin, but that we manage a single good action in all of our lives.” A strange array of people has gathered in a cottage in the marshlands….

The Memory Police

Title: The Memory Police (original title:密やかな結晶) Writer:  Yōko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) Publishing House: Pantheon Date of Publication: August 13th 2019  (first published 1994) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Long ago, before you were born, there were many more things here; my mother used to tell me when I was still a child. ‘’Transparent things, fragrant things…fluttery ones, bright ones…wonderful things…

Home In The Woods

Title: Home In The Woods Writer: Written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Publishing House: Nancy Paulsen Books Date of Publication:October 1st 2019 Rating:5 stars ‘’Snow falls in a blanket of diamonds all around the shack. The jack pines sway above as we fall asleep close together. But Mum stays awake into the night, whispering to the stars…’’ Wisconsin,…

The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat & Other Stories from the North

Title: The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat & Other Stories from the North Writer: Various edited by Sjón Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication:  October 9th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ”The wind buffeted me, blowing warm, dry air into my face. He’s here, it said. The one you love is waiting for you. You’ve arrived now. You must find…

A Nail, A Rose and Other Stories

Title: A Nail, A Rose and Other Stories (original title Sept Nouvelles) Writer: Madeleine Bourdouxhe (translated by Faith Evans) Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: October 1st 2019 (first published 1985) Rating:  5 stars ‘’All around them, the earth was black and white. A beautiful winter night-smell rose up from the black and white earth. A…

I Am Heathcliff

Title: I Am Heathcliff: Stories Inspired by Wuthering Heights Writer: Various curated by Kate Mosse Publishing House: The Borough Press Date of Publication: July 26th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Archetypes. Stories that seem bigger than the books that contain them. Wuthering Heights is such a book. Cathy and Heathcliff are such characters.’’ I have longed and dreaded to read this…

Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology

Title: Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology Writer:  Françoise Rachmuhl, Charlotte Gastaut (Illustrator) Publishing House: Lion Forge Date of Publication: September 18th 2018 Rating: 3 stars Greek Mythology provides an endless wealth of inspiration for graphic novels, children’s books and every form of fiction. Most of the times, however, the results are not encouraging. This book narrates the stories of the Olympians,…

The Invention of Ana

Title: The Invention of Ana Writer: Mikkel Rosengaard (translated by  Caroline Waight) Publishing House: Custom House Date of Publication: February 13th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’They never went hungry, but there was no electricity, and she remembered the long, dark evenings in the apartment, the afternoons when there was so little to do that she was reduced to padding at…

Ways To Hide In Winter

Title: Ways to Hide in Winter Writer: Sarah St.Vincent Publishing House: Melville House Date of Publication: November 6th 2018 Rating: 2 stars ‘’If this were the last thing you ever saw, would you be happy?’’ Kathleen, a young woman who lives with her ailing grandmother, has buried herself in a town hidden in the beautiful wilderness of Pennsylvania. In a…

A Promise Stitched In Time

Title: A Promise Stitched In Time Writer: Colleen Rowan Kosinski Publishing House: Schiffer Publishing Date of Publication: September 28th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a promise. Promises have to be kept.’’ What can one find in an antique shop…Objects graced with the beauty of a bygone era. Trinkets that once held sentimental value. Expensive creations of the past….

Melmoth

Title: Melmoth Writer: Sarah Perry Publishing House: Serpent’s Tail Date of Publication: October 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Look! It is winter in Prague: night is rising in the mother of cities and over her thousand spires. Look down at the darkness around your feet, in all the lanes and alleys, as if it were a soft black dust; look…

Night Beast

Title: Night Beast Writer: Ruth Joffre Publishing House: Grove Atlantic Date of Publication: 08 May 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’Εven if you do reject your timer, it’s going to count down anyway.’’ This collection has long been on my list but life and other books got in the way. After having read Her Body and Other Parties, I thought Night…

The Diary Of A Bookseller

Title: The Diary of A Bookseller Writer: Shaun Bythell Publishing House: Melville House Publishing Date of Publication: September 4th 2018 (first published September 28th 2017) Rating: 2 stars These are the experiences of Shaun Bythell, a bookseller in Wigtown in beautiful Scotland, in diary format. The working days, the customers (problematic or not), the co-workers, the struggle to support…

In Search of Lost Books

Title: In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes Writer: Giorgio van Straten Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Could it be the void itself which fascinates us, since it’s possible to fill it with the notion that what is missing might be something crucial, perfect, incomparable?’’ One…

The Lost Path

Title: The Lost Path  Writer:  Amélie Fléchais Publishing House: Lion Forge Comics Date of Publication: March 28th 2018 (first published June 19th 2013) Rating: 4 stars ‘’Once something is in the forest’s clutches, it doesn’t easily let go…’’ After the highly enjoyable experience with The Ghost, the Owl, my current mood for interesting Gothic comic books brought me to…

The City Where We Once Lived

Title: The City Where We Once Lived  Writer: Eric Barnes Publishing House: Arcade Publishing Date of Publication: March 6th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Sometimes, at night, I would light houses on fire. But noone particularly cared.’’ I thoroughly enjoy the power that Dystopian Fiction has acquired of late. The vast majority of the books under this category are exemplary and…

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

Title: Land Mammals and Sea Creatures Writer: Jen Neale Publishing House: ECW Press Date of Publication:May 8th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’The bones were gone. Only the outline of fur remined. Even the dislodged claws had been collected. Julie looked around as though the culprit might be right there.’’ The sea is like a dream. It’s said…

The Beauties

Title:The Beauties: Essential Stories Writer: Anton Chekhov Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “When you see a broad village street by moonlight, with its huts, haystacks and slumbering willow trees, peace descends on your soul.” Anton Chekhov. Among the greatest of the great Russian writers who created a plethora of the finest…