So, I believe the list for this Tuesday is 2016 debut novels we are looking forward to, but we also included other books we are most looking forward to reading in 2016 when they are released (in addition to the backlog from 2015).
So, we have decided that Top Ten Tuesday is probably our favorite weekly link-up out there at the moment. We love lists. We love books. Who doesn’t love lists, especially about books?
Anyway, we picked the perfect week to start participating. It’s a Thanksgiving freebie week. So, in participating, Cam and I will share the list, hopefully an even split for most of the time. For the first list, we had some overlap when making our lists, but managed to split it evenly.
How does one review a piece of classic Russian literature without looking like, well, an idiot? Doubtful that I can avoid that, I’ll first say that I didn’t really enjoy The Idiot as much as I enjoyed Crime and Punishment. If I were to recommend a Dostoevsky book, it would be Crime and Punishment instead of The Idiot. It took me quite a while to make it through this book, while putting it down for another book on multiple occasions. At least I can cross this classic off my list.
When I first opened the book and read that horrid first line, “It was a dark and stormy night…,” I only continued reluctantly. It wasn’t necessarily an opening line to hook me in, considering its comic status as a horribly annoying line. I had to remember that it was a children’s book and not to be so quick to judge. Thankfully, I did continue. I did enjoy the book. Now realizing it is one book in the Time Quintet, I feel I must read the others.
Jules Verne is one of my favorite authors. He was writing steampunk before steampunk was steampunk. He possessed a wild imagination that brought to life the Nautilus and the creatures of the ocean floor.
The story centers on Professor Aronnax as our narrator, guiding us as he is captive abroad the underwater vessel the Nautilus. He, his assistant Conseil, and a harpoonist Ned Land are thrown overboard at the beginning of the story on their hunt for a mysterious giant squid. To their surprise, the giant squid they believe they’ve found is actually a submarine created and lived in by Captain Nemo.
The King in Yellow is a collection of short stories that resurfaced to popularity recently due to the HBO series True Detective. I know this is what piqued my interest in purchasing and devouring the book in just a few short days. The stories have inspired the writings of later writers, including Lovecraft and Stephen King. You can still find writers contributing to the mythology of The King in Yellow.
Firstly, who is the King in Yellow? It refers to a fictional play that Chambers uses in most of his stories. The play is said to drive those who read it mad. The play is central to most of Chamber’s short stories. It features a fictional place called Carcosa, which can be found referenced throughout popular fiction, including True Detective.
Of the stories in the book, my favorite is the first– The Repairer of Reputations. It is told from the point of view of Hildred, a young man who has an accident and suffers from a severe personality change. I enjoy stories told from a point of view of an unreliable character. Hildred believes himself and his new friend Mr. Wilde to be part of a vast conspiracy. Hildred’s friend Louis believes Hildred to still be insane, and humors him for a while. Once the reader begins to realize that Hildred is delusional, other parts of the story told by Hildred become questionable.
I also really enjoyed The Mask, The Yellow Sign, and Demoiselle d’Ys. If you’re a fan of weird fiction from Lovecraft, or Poe, I would recommend reading Chambers. I found this a great starting point before diving into Lovecraft’s complete collection of stories.