Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A Month in Books - January 2017

I want to start this first reading roundup post of 2017 by saying thank you for buying your books through Literary Flits! My affiliate reports tell me that the books I sold during January included Such Little Accident by Mike Robbins and The Little Voice by Josh Sheldon so extra thanks for supporting Indie Authors!

Literary Flits hosted four great Guest Reviews in January. I love seeing what other people are reading! If you have an indie author, small press or global literature book review that you would like to share please do get in touch. It doesn't need to be exclusive content and you can check here to see if a book has already been reviewed. I look forward to hearing from you!

Guest Reviews

Such Little Accident: British democracy and its enemies by Mike Robbins

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Rebecca Gransden was my first Guest Reviewer this month. She reviews Mike Robbins' provocative novella-length essay which looks at how the British electoral system, social media, bullying by business, and a growing gap between rich and poor have led to deep fissures in British society. An important work in the current political climate.


The Amazing Racist by Chhimi Tenduf-La 

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DubaiReader discusses this humorous Sri Lankan novel which explores issues of racism, but from  the 'other side' when an English schoolteacher wants to marry a Sri Lankan woman. First he must win over her father who is vehemently opposed to such a match.


Dying For A Living by Kory M Shrum

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Olivia's Catastrophe is one of my absolute favourite blogs so I was especially delighted when Olivia herself agreed to share a book review on Literary Flits. She chose this fun YA story of a necronite - a woman who dies so that other people don't have to!


Sinkhole by Leo X Robertson

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I love the humour in Harry Whitewolf's review of Sinkhole and I hope that his imagined conversation with its author encourages you to give the book a read too.

My Reviews


A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James

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My reading year started in sunny Jamaica with this Booker Prize winning novel that explores events surrounding an assassination attempt on Bob Marley in the 1970s. I liked the evocation of Jamaican life, but found this to be an overlong book. In fact both its title's assertions are fibs - far more than seven people are killed and the story is certainly not brief!


The Jacq Of Spades by Patricia Loufbourrow

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I do like my steampunk stories and this one is the first of what is planned to be a thirteen-part series. It is a good beginning which presents a suitably fantasy-historic world based around playing card symbolism. I would have liked more steampunk inventions, but can see how, hopefully, they will come to the fore in future instalments.


Songs From The Violet Cafe by Fiona Kidman

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I absolutely loved this newly published New Zealand novel. It's my first five star review of the year. Kidman explores relationships in a small rural 1960s town, especially how one bohemian cafe owner affects the lives of those around her. Beautifully elegant writing and a thoroughly engrossing novel. One of my top three books this month!


The Man With The Golden Mind by Tom Vater

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The first of two excellent Crime Wave Press books I read in January, this one is set in the little-known country of Laos in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War. Vater gives a lot of information about a country comprehensively destroyed by bombing and landmines, but without detracting from the exciting spy thriller which is our central story.


Eyes Of A Boy, Lips Of A Man by Nii Ayikwei Parkes

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I stumbled across this poetry collection on Amazon and had to buy myself a copy because it is my first Ghanaian literature. I love Parkes' vivid imagery and the sensuality of poems such as The Bite which gorgeously describes eating a mango.


The Book Of Memory by Petina Gappah

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I am not sure that this Zimbabwean novel quite reached its full potential, but it is nonetheless a fascinating read. We follow the story of an albino woman named Memory who tells us how she came to be imprisoned for a murder that she did not commit. Gappah explores how we perceive memories, how we might see something so apparently clearly that it could not possibly be mistaken, yet still be unaware of the real truth.


Persuasion by Jane Austen

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I've finally read my very first Jane Austen novel - and enjoyed it far more than I had expected too! As this year is the 200th anniversary of ane Austen's death, it seemed a suitable time to plunge into her work so I have set myself the challenge of reading all six novels within the year. One down ...


Death By Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman

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I love the title of this indie authored cosy mystery although the book is set in Florida, not Australia. I didn't realise ntil after I had finished reading that this is Venkataraman's first mystery novel. Good work! I have the next two in the series to read and am delighted to also be able to offer giveaways of the whole trilogy with their reviews. Keep an eye on Literary Flits to win your copies!


The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahloo

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The of the classic Swedish crime series goes out in excellent style with Martin Beck being called upon to prevent a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm. Other than the lack of technology, I was surprised at just how relevant this forty-year-old novel still is. The prose hasn't dated at all.


Mark Of The Loon by Molly Greene

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This crime story starts out more as women's fiction chicklit and I enjoyed Greene's writing through most of the book. She portrays strong and believable relationships, particularly between the four female friends at the centre of her tale. Unfortunately I didn't find the 'thrilling denouement' convincing at all.


Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

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I have now experienced Anansi Boys as an audiobook and as a written book and loved both versions equally. Gaiman's inventiveness and interpretation of folk tales is superb. My Book of the Month!


The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi

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My first ever Kuwaiti novel is a thoughtful exploration of how it feels to live between cultures. Teenaged Jose has grown up with his mother's Filipino family, but then moves to his father's Kuwaiti home and must try to fit in to the unexpectedly hostile environment.


The Devil's Brew by Benedict J Jones

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The third of my top three books this month, I loved the energy in this Northumberland-set crime thriller. It's not one for squeamish readers, but if you don't mind some scenes of gruesome violence, this is an exciting fast-paced adventure.


Since The Sirens by E E Isherwood

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This YA zombie apocalypse tale is a bit different in that one of its lead characters is a 104 year old great-grandmother! The book (and the grandmother!) does struggle with pace, but the overall storyline is nicely plotted.


Monkey's Wedding by Rossandra White

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My most recent successful KindleScout nomination, Monkey's Wedding is published today! It is set in 1950s Zimbabwe and weaves details of traditional Shona mysticism and witchcraft with a historical storyline of racial segregation and oppression.


So that's my fifteen books from January and I have already got several great brand new books reviewed for February so make sure to keep an eye on Literary Flits! I hope you will find books you love via my reviews and, don't forget to get in touch if you have a book review of your own that you want to share. It doesn't have to be exclusive content and you don't have to be a blogger yourself!

Also don't miss my WorldReads blog post on the 5th of February. This month I will highlight five books by Swedish authors.

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