Thursday, 24 May 2018

Books From The Backlog - The Light Of The Fireflies

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

So for my first Books From The Backlog post, where shall I start! The idea is to only feature an unread book that I already own so that does narrow down the choice and my first is:


The Light Of The Fireflies by Paul Pen

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns.

He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone’s been acting very strangely. The boy begins to wonder why they never say who the father is, about what happened before his own birth, about why they’re shut away.

A few days ago, some fireflies arrived in the basement. His grandma said, There’s no creature more amazing than one that can make its own light. That light makes the boy want to escape, to know the outside world. Problem is, all the doors are locked. And he doesn’t know how to get out…

The Book Depository : from £6.19 (audio CD)
Wordery : from £8.98 (PB)
Waterstones : from £8.99 (PB)
Amazon : from $2.66 / £1.98 (ebook)
Prices and availability may have changed since this post was written

I saw this book mentioned on another blog within the past few weeks (whose blog? can't remember!) and realised it's been sat on my Kindle for about two years I think. Actually my OH bought it so I am able to 'borrow' it via that Amazon Family connection thingy. The synopsis sounds good, it's a book in translation by a Spanish author so WorldReads, and it's not ridiculously long. I even like the cover art!

Why haven't I read The Light Of The Fireflies already?
Have you read it?
Is this a Get To It Now or a Let It Lie?


18 comments:

  1. This sounds intriguing and I am sure that it is good. Have a great day!

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  2. Oh wow! I remember seeing a review on this one and it looked good. Neat that you have it.

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    1. Can you remember where the review was? It might be the same one I can't find!

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  3. Somewhat intriguing blurb! I haven't read it but it might be interesting.

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    1. It's not my usual genre, but I like idea of the the Spanish authorship :-)

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  4. This sounds perfectly creepy. You should get to reading it ;)

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    1. Possibly start early in the day though. It does look too creepy for bedtime!

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  5. I haven't heard of this one but I am intrigued. I'm terrible at remembering where I came across books. I usually just blame the blogosphere as a whole!

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    1. Me too! If I don't paste the URL into my Goodreads comments immediately I have practically no chance of finding a specific book post again when I need it!

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  6. I thought that this book looked really familiar. I just checked my kindle account and it looks like I have a copy waiting for me unread as well. I hope you enjoy it, Stephanie! Thanks for joining in this week!

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  7. I haven't read it, but I think it sounds interesting :)

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  8. New to me, but I hope you'll be able to read it soon so you can tell us all about it. :)

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