Oh wow, it’s been five months since my last book round-up… Fortunately I’ve just been lazy with writing about books here and not too lazy to actually read, so I have plenty to share. Let’s get started with three that made an impression!
Clive Barker – The Hellbound Heart
We all got books we adored during our teen years, right? The Hellbound Heart is one of mine, I’ve read it several times and always loved it. Because it’s been years I decided to give this short story another try, and boy it was awesome. Again.
If you’re not familiar with The Hellbound Heart youre probably not a horror fan! This book is the birthplace of The Cenobites, the illustrious creatures from the well-known Hellraiser franchise. Although the novella is more an introduction than a closer look into Cenobite-Creepville-City, it’s the perfect introduction to (the in the book still nameless) Pinhead and his friends. Next on my to-do list is re-watching the movies, it’s such a lovely, dark world. Recommended if you like creeps & gore!
Benedict Jacka – Bound (Alex Verus #8)
Ah, the Alex Verus series… Every April I block a weekend when a new book in the series comes out. It’s a Game-of-Thrones-like excitement that gets a hold of me, I just love this series so much. If you’re not familiar with it yet: the series is about a mage in London who deals with all sorts of, well eh, sh*t, together with his equally awesome magic posse. The first books in the series were fun to read, but with each addition the story goes deeper and the world darker and more interesting. Last year’s Burned blew me away, and fortunately Bound is just as good.
What I love about these novels is that there’s a fine line between good and evil. The light and dark mages aren’t as black-and-white good and evil as their name might suggest, and the constant struggle of Alex to stay independent is amazing to see unfold. I’m already blocking a weekend in April 2018 for Alex Verus #9! Recommended if you like well-written urban fantasy.
David Cronenberg – Consumed
Every year in January there’s a big book-fair in Rotterdam that I visit with one my friends. We always block a full day to drink coffee, eat cake & talk about books: always look forward to it! This year I discovered Consumed on the fair, the first (and so far only) novel by film director David Cronenberg. Being a fan of his films (The Fly & Videodrome are classics!) I had to take it home with me.
In short Consumed tell the story of a journalist couple researching the murder of a French philosopher. The story gets a true Cronenberg-treatment and is told with a lot of gore and disgust. For some reason I can deal with movie-gore better than book-gore, so it took me while to finish this book. To quote the well-known Brundlefly from The Fly:
I enjoyed reading the book as a fan of Cronenberg’s film though, his writing style is really visual and the book almost reads like a film script. Unfortunately I wasn’t blown away by Consumed though, the main characters didn’t do anything for me, and the in-book essay around two thirds in was way too long. Only recommended for true fans, newbies I’d recommend watching some of Cronenberg’s films instead.
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