For this week’s book recommendations I have a tale set in Japan by an Australian author, and it looks positively epic. I’m very much in love with its cover as well! Another offers four characters the chance to relive their lives in genetically perfect bodies, but is what they lost worth it? There’s the story of a young man falling in love and navigating the consequences of the death of his sister at the same time, and last a tale of magic, which is actually a reimagining of HP Lovecraft’s The Horror at Red Hook. And last, because there’s a new show coming with James Franco about it, so I’m going to rec an oldie but a goodie.
11. 22. 63: By Stephen King. This one is about 5 years old now, and I have to admit I only found out about it because I was talking to a streaming station on Twitter and they listed it as as upcoming to sign up. I didn’t sign up, but I did sign up for the free trial that would let me watch it, and then went looking for the book. Not sure about James Franco, but I am hoping the book holds up.
The Emperor of the Eight Islands: By Lian Hearn. This is the story of rival clans, fighting over who will be crowned Emperor of the Eight Islands in Japan. I’m getting GOT vibes here, and since I’ve never read that I am eager to get into this one.
The Great American Whatever: Quinn has lost his sister in a car accident, and when things are falling apart, his best friend introduces him to a hot guy at a party and he falls hard. But this is what grabs me: Quinn starts imagining his life as a screenplay, one in which he gets to have his happy ending. What do you think?
The Ballad of Black Tom: This is a retelling of HP Lovecraft’s The Horror at Red Hook. When I was reading through the reviews, I found this that immediately piqued my interest: LaValle has done something incredible. He’s written a Lovecraft novel with themes of racial injustice at its center, turned Lovecraft’s legacy on its head. And his real feat is that by giving his book a strong emotional center, he’s surpassed Lovecraft.
I didn’t know Lovecraft was racist, but I’m all over an author subverting that.
And again: What if you could get the most perfect bodies? None of the aches and pains you once had? Would that be worth the cost you have to pay? THAT is the question this book asks, and I am extremely intrigued by it. Reminds me of The Island, but not so big and explosive. Would you give up everything to be perfect?
Which one gets your vote this week?