Books Read – September 2014

Another quiet month on the reading front, with only seven books read once again. I find it really strange that I seem to be reading less even though there hasn’t been any sort of reduction in the time I spend travelling. Ho hum.

Anyway, here’s the list for September…

Dragon’s Rival (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 3); H. L. Burke (2014)
Pollen; Jeff Noon (1995)
Haunted House – A Novel of Terror; Jack Kilborn (2013)
Holes in the Ground; J. A. Konrath & Iain Rob Wright (2014)
Wool (Wool Trilogy); Hugh Howey (2012)
65 Proof – Jack Daniels and Other Thriller Stories; J. A. Konrath (2009)
The Last Room; Danuta Reah (2014)

I’m really enjoying H. L. Burke’s The Dragon And The Scholar series, and would hold it up as an example of the better side of self-published fiction. The third book in the series continues in much the same vein as the first two books, and I’m looking forward to reading book four in October.

Pollen is another Jeff Noon that I’ve read before, and was just as good as I remembered it to be. If you’re not familiar with Noon’s offbeat science fiction then I’d say give it a try; I realise that it’s not necessarily everybody’s idea of a good read but if you like quirky and surreal then you may well find the his alter-Manchester setting  and strange pseudo-fantasy/psuedo-cyberpunk-ish touches to your tastes.

Wool has been on my to-read list for a while because of Hugh Howey’s reputation as an indie success story and this month I decided to take the plunge. I was suitably impressed by this, the first part of the Silo series and shall be adding the second book, Shift, to my reading list in October.

Danuta Reah’s The Last Room is also a good book, and another that I’d recommend to fans of thrillers. It touches on some fairly disturbing subject matter in places, and the author doesn’t pull her punches with the narrative, but if dark, almost-but-not-quite-hardboiled crime fiction is your thing give it a read.

Finally, there’s another bunch of Joe Konrath works on the list. Just when I think I’ve read everything he has published I find yet more on Amazon (or almost as likely, he publishes more) and I once again allow myself to be dragged into his sometimes scary, sometimes tense, but often amusing worlds.

And that’s it for September. As always if you have any recommendations then feel free to leave them in the comments below, and until next month I’ll say ciao f’now. 🙂

 

2 thoughts on “Books Read – September 2014”

  1. Hey, I recognized two names on the list. JA Konrath and HL Burke. I’ve only read one book by JA Konrath. I think it was Whiskey Sour. Seven books is a slow month? I’m lucky if I get through one. I understand the importance of reading(because that, along with actively critiquing helps you critique your own works better), but save some time to write some stuff of your own! 🙂

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