Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This book meme was initially created by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Taking on a World of Words. There are three Ws to answer in each post. What are you currently reading?, what did you recently finish reading? and what do you think you’ll read next? Please feel free to join me in the comments below to discuss your three Ws too!
The dreaded slump almost cornered me this month. I got some great reads in but began flagging due to stressful work and family illness. The saving grace was NetGalley, which I have neglected for about 4 years. I logged into my account, rooted around and found some absolute gems to read. It really invigorated my reading efforts so thank you to everyone who approved those books. I am also currently reading two books at once! For the first time in ages. Will it impede my ability to write decent reviews? Let’s find out! Please enjoy the post and let me know what you’re reading at the moment in the comments below.
What are you currently reading?
Synopsis: YOU SHALL REAP WHAT YOU SOW
Struggling with the effects of early-onset dementia, Dennie Keeling now leads a quiet life. Her husband is dead, her children are grown, and her best friend, Sarah, was convicted of murdering her abusive husband. After Sarah’s tragic death in prison, Dennie has found solace in her allotment, and all she wants is to be left to tend it in peace.
Life remains quiet for twelve years, until three strangers take on a nearby plot and Dennie starts to notice unnatural things. Shadowy figures prowl at night; plants flower well before their time. And then Sarah appears, bringing dire warnings and vanishing after daubing symbols on the walls in Dennie’s own blood. Dennie soon realises that she is face to face with an ancient evil – but with her dementia steadily growing worse, who is going to believe her?
My Thoughts: James Brogden is so good at writing creepy, vivid narratives filled with unforgettable imagery that span centuries. Effectively mixing modern and historical themes, while also delivering meaningful insights into real problems that inflict suffering on the world around us. Whether that be war, family, poverty or mental illness. Bone Harvest deals with the supernatural, human sacrifice, cannibalism and old gods but James Brogden makes it abundantly clear that there is nothing more frightening than a human mind crumbling in on itself. Dementia is a terrifying affliction, JB doesn’t take away from that, but he does use it in interesting ways to tell this story. I am enjoying it so far and am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on it soon.
Synopsis: For fans of The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig comes an apocalypse story like no other. Seven strangers wake to find they are the only humans left alive. But they are not alone.
From a teenage delinquent to an MIT scientist, seven strangers with little in common wake one morning outside of Boston to discover they are the last humans alive. First they slowly find their way together across a wildly overgrown Massachusetts, tangling with packs of wild pigs and coywolves, with little food or information. As they try to build a new community with limited resources, all the while wondering how they slept through the end of the world, they begin to feel that something is stalking them…
My Thoughts: I wasn’t expecting to be reading another apocalypse novel so soon after The Stand but I got interesting vibes from The Apocalypse 7 so I thought I would give it a go. I’m glad I did because I am having a great time reading this story about a band of confused individuals who wake up to see humanity gone and nature flourishing in its absence. GD is so good at building up the characters and their experiences in this new world are fascinating. There is a catastrophic mystery at the hear of this novel and I am eager to find some answers.
What Did You Recently Finish Reading?
ZOEY ASHE RETURNS IN NEW YORK TIMES-BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAVID WONG’S SEQUEL TO FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS
It’s not easy being twenty-three, trying to organise a kids’ Halloween party. It’s really not easy running a sophisticated criminal empire you’ve just inherited. It’s something else when someone delivers a rampaging disembowelled corpse that smashes up your house and accuses you of being its murderer. How does that even work?
As Tabula Ra$a prepares for its annual Halloween parade –an outrageous and bizarre celebration of the dark secrets of the city – Zoey sets out to prove her innocence. But everyone wants their moment in the spotlight, and bringing Zoey down could be someone’s ticket to fame now she has a price on her head. Seems every jacked-up cyborg steroid junkie in the city wants to cash in on her skin.
In a world of madness, ultra-tech spider-drones and electric crotch whips, it’s down to Zoey, with her team of bodyguards, confi dantes and criminals, to solve the murder, stop Tabula Ra$a from tearing itself apart and finish organising that party.
Thoughts: This book was more awesome than I could ever have hoped for. I described this book in my review as a cyberpunk tale of a young woman who inherits her father’s criminal empire, as well as a target on her back, in a lawless and unforgiving town where only money speaks. That about covers it. David Wong is great at likable yet tense fiction filled with eccentric and exciting ideas. Zoey Ashe is a great main character trying to find her own way in a world she feels she doesn’t belong anywhere near. A mutual feeling shared by the town of Tabula Ra$a too it seems. I had a great time with this novel and I live in desperate hope that a third book might make an appearance.
What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?
Synopsis: It is 1960 and as the SS Uganda steams her way to Africa, tea plantation manager William Fontwell is left wondering why his wife and son are travelling so urgently to see him.
On board, Heather and Johnny Fontwell make friends amongst passengers and crew. But with the temperature rising, bigotry and jealousies emerge, and Heather is subjected to a series of unpleasant events that risk her secrets being exposed.
Events take a tragic turn before they dock at Mombasa and William arrives at the port to confront a captain and crew who seem to be hiding the truth.
The SS Uganda has a rich history, as a passenger-cargo liner, school cruise ship, and hospital ship and troopship during the Falklands War. The Uganda Sails Wednesday is the first of a trilogy which puts the ship at the heart of the stories of the Fontwell family, their friends and the ship’s crew.
Thoughts: This was sent to me by a new publisher who requested a review as part of a blog tour. It seems different to the novels that I usually read so it is perfect to broaden my literary horizons. I’m not usually one for boat based mysteries but I feel like The Uganda Sails Wednesday will have plenty of dimensions in the narrative. It is also the start of a trilogy which means, if its great, I get the opportunity to read more!
Thank you for coming by to check out my latest WWW post for November 2020. I may manage to get another out by the end of the month but I am trying to focus as much time to reading right now to catch up so not entirely sure. I really like these posts as they help me outline what I want to talk about in my reviews which really helps the process. I hope you enjoy the posts too and please let me know what you have/are/will be reading this week!