Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Giant Christmas Book Haul

For Christmas, my mum was asking me what I wanted and I suggested she look at my Amazon wishlist and buy a few from there. Emphasis on the few because she ended up buying me 9 books. She obviously knows me so well because books are my favourite thing and I'm ridiculously excited to get started on this stack.

One wet, windswept November morning, a field on a desolate farm gives up the dismembered bones of eleven women...
Their skeletons bear the marks of a meticulous butcher. The bodies date back to 1915. All were likely skinned alive.
But then a young woman goes missing, and her remains, the bones carefully stripped and arranged in arcane patterns, are discovered on the same farm.
With the crimes of the past echoing in the present, D.S. Katie Maguire must solve a decades-old murder steeped in ancient legend... before this terrifying killer strikes again.

It's been ages since I've read a good crime novel and this one sounds as gory and interesting as I want in a crime novel. This has been on my wishlist for ages and I'm glad to have it. All the reviews say that this is too gory, but anyone who knows me knows I love a bit of gore.

Six interlocking lives - one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity's will to power, and where it will lead us.

Again, another one that has been on my wishlist for a long time. This is one of those books that is so talked about but has been at the bottom of my to buy list for some reason. It's so hyped about and I really hopes it lives up to my expectations.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrock, about the invasion, and the future. But it is too late. You touched the book. You are in the game. You are under the eye. The only defence is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part about the bratwurst. Why? You will just have to trust me. Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we will have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherwordly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity. I m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: NONE OF THIS IS MY FAULT.

Just look at that blurb, no wonder this was on my wishlist! Another well-hyped book that I can't wait to read.

Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures.

I don't know why this has been on my wishlist but it's a very controversial pick. It's a Penguin Classic and it should be an interesting read.

Fifteen-year-old Alex likes lashings of ultraviolence. He and his gang of friends rob, kill and rape their way through a nightmarish future, until the State puts a stop to his riotous excesses. But what will his re-education mean?
A dystopian horror, a black comedy, an exploration of choice, A Clockwork Orange is also a work of exuberant invention which created a new language for its characters. This critical edition restores the text of the novel as Anthony Burgess originally wrote it, and includes a glossary of the teen slang 'Nadsat', explanatory notes, pages from the original typescript, interviews, articles and reviews, shedding light on the enduring fascination of the novel's 'sweet and juicy criminality'.
I have wanted to read this classic book for so long and I'm super excited to finally have it in my possession. A Clockwork Orange is one of those books you just need to read at least once in your lifetime.

It was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth and the taste for human blood began to be realised by a panic-stricken city. For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now for the first time – suddenly, shockingly, horribly – the balance of power had shifted
I love horror and so does my boyfriends mum and she were the one who recommended it to me. It sounds absurd and gory and everything I want in a book. I'm a bit disappointed how thin this book is for the price so I just hope it's a good read.

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control.
As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine . . .

Can you believe that I profess to be a lover of horror, but haven't read The Shining? Absolutely ridiculous Courtney, shame on you. Well now I have it and I can't wait to give it a go. 

The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

This has got great reviews and although I'm unhappy that there's a dead dog, it sounds like such an interesting read. It's always interesting to read from the perspective of someone different from you e.g with Aspergers or dementia and if one well, is magnificent.

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Charles Jacobs. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.
Decades later, Jamie is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Now an addict, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
If I have one Stephen King and like it I wanted to read some of his other work because, in all honesty, I've never really been big into his work, which is of course silly of me. This one sounds interesting.
That's it for my ginormous book haul and I can't wait to get stuck into this stack. Did you get any books over the Christmas season or have you read any of these?
Til' next time! XOXO


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