The final part of the stack of red books gathered from around our apartment
Do you own any of these books?
Are there any you have read or would like to read?
A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke (pronounced Lu-deh-kah, according to the author herself!)
Red, red, the lights glow red
Beware the danger up ahead…
On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way.
And then there’s red. Red is rare. A warning.
Seventeen years ago, the sky turned red just as Ósa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover how to stop the onslaught before so many lives are lost again.
I really enjoyed this and it is a perfect winter read! The setting and folklore are fascinating and I would definitely like to read more from this author – was lucky enough to meet her at an event in London in October and she was lovely. I particularly loved when she talked about the folktales and fairytales that had inspired her to create the world of Skane.
A Concise Chinese-English dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
When a young Chinese woman, newly arrived in London, moves in with her English boyfriend, she decides it’s time to write a Chinese-English dictionary for lovers. Xiaolu’s first novel in English is an utterly original journey of self-discovery.
I have read I Am China by the same author (found it in my local library!) and have been wanting to read this one for a while – was chuffed to find it in mint condition in a local charity shop for 99p so snatched it up…and it has, unfortunately, joined the host of other unread books on a shelf. Still really want to read this and did enjoy I Am China so will get to this soon!
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
Warning – this is the second book in the series! I had The Invisible Library on my shelf after seeing it in a local charity shop, then found this second book in my local library. I have since bought the third book in the series and received the fourth book from the publisher (Thank you!)
I really adore this series! It isn’t perfect and I am not saying that some of the criticism levelled by other reviewers is unjustified, but, if you can suspend your disbelief for a while, I don’t know many people who wouldn’t enjoy this series – it has book-loving librarians acting as spies, supernatural creatures and intrigue galore – what’s not to like?
Out of the Deep and Other Supernatural Tales by Walter de la Mare
Walter de la Mare wrote some of the finest traditional ghost stories in the English language. Although some of his classic stories have been frequently anthologized, many of them are hard to find outside scholarly collections. This new collection presents some of the best-loved stories alongside others that have been undeservedly neglected. De la Mare is revealed as an enigmatic writer of troubling stories that take unexpected turns into the supernatural.
Picked this up around Hallowe’en (Once again – local charity shop, brand new, 99p!) and have dipped into it to read a few stories. I remember reading poems and short stories by Walter de la Mare when I was a child so was fascinated to see this new collection of some of his creepier stories. Although I have not yet read the whole selection, I can already see that this might suffer from the problem of most anthologies in that some stories are excellent, others middling and some mediocre. Definitely worth picking up if you fancy some slightly chilly, dark stories with their feet firmly in English folklore.
How have you enjoyed my first few posts in the Book rainbow series?
Have you seen any red books you would like to read?
Have you been inspired to try out your own book rainbow?