Good-bye April, the shortest month this year. I have gone through a lot of sudden changes, but there are always more books to read. I even discovered two new favorites this month, which feels exciting.
This month, I also interviewed Aleksandra Ross to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Don’t Call the Wolf and I had outlined a plan to improve my craft. I will be saving the craft reads for their own post.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Adult horror
Year Release: 2016
|Listened to the audiobook
This book is narrated by the kindest-sounding old man, but don’t let that fool you: it is full of folk terror and upstate New York eerieness.
The Fisherman are about two IBM coworkers who happen to be widowers who go on a weekend fishing trip. Things get weird and very cosmic horror from there. There’s not much I can that wouldn’t turn into a spoiler, but I really loved the fishy horror of this one. There’s also a fair amount of the dead walking, all tied to this one stream in the Catskills. The location is absolutely beautiful, and alluring in a way that almost wants you to take up the sport. After reading this tale, however, it’s probably best to leave the restless waters alone.
The book does go on a relevant, but lengthy story of one of the first families to settle in the region. As if tragedy had not been enough, they are also befallen to the tortures of a godly type. It’s a fantastic mix of how people in general are scary, but also with the unsettling that comes with the unexplainable happening all around you. The fish and the location are the constant linking the contemporary tale and history together.
If you weren’t afraid of fish before reading, congratulations! You have ichthyophobia.
Shelter-in-place continues through April in Illinois. I will keep reading horror and others.
- Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
- The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
- Scapegracers by H.A. Clarke (ARC)
Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross (ARC)
- Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore
- The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (ARC)
- Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson (ARC)
Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett (ARC)
- Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
The Fisherman by John Langan
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
No betas this month, but sending a draft to two friends for alpha reading. Exciting stuff.