I am the WORST at Goodreads. I never remember to go there to tell people what I'm reading. I never think people care what I'm reading.
But I've read a lot lately, and thought you might like to hear about some of it! Maybe? I don't know. Perhaps. Well, no matter what, these are awesome books, and you just might enjoy them.
Picture this: a family who lives in filth by choice. A family who collects junk, loving on those bits and bobs of cast-off detritus like most of us love on each other.
No, this isn't an episode of Hoarders (though that show is, to me, like a train wreck - I can never turn if off if I've happened upon it). This is the Iremonger Trilogy by Edward Carey.
Beautifully written and illustrated by Carey, these young adult books are freakishly charming. Set in Victorian London, they follow the tale of Clod Iremonger and Lucy Pennant, two star-crossed teenagers who wind up having to save the world from the Iremonger clan. This devilish family can manipulate trash, and while that doesn't necessarily sound terrifying...it is.
In this wild and imaginative world, people become objects, and objects become people, and again, it doesn't necessarily sound terrifying...but it is.
You should definitely check it out.
Okay, okay, okay...I should have read this book YEARS ago, I'm sure. But it came out before I'd heard of Neil Gaiman, who has since become one of my all-time favorite writers, and I only noticed it on a shelf in our personal library a few weeks ago.
But I picked it up and dove into his slightly-fractured fairy tale, and fell immediately in love. Seriously. Tristran Thorn is my new literary boyfriend, and I've even watched the movie. Twice.
If you haven't read it and you love the magical, please, do yourself a favor...go read.
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Beyond these books, I've read lots of nonfiction again lately, and I've been watching lots of movies. I think it's my way of refilling the creative coffers before diving into the writing of the sequel to HEARTLESS, which I will begin pretty much as soon as I'm done with this blog post.
No one can create in a vacuum, that much I know. Sometimes I need those outside influences to spark some flame of creativity in my belly. I love seeing how these voices, literary and otherwise, wind up influencing my own stories...and so we'll see how it all comes together.
In the meantime - go forth and read! Have fun! Enjoy!