Monsters are everywhere and in everyone

I want to warn you that this will be a rather long post. At first I simply wanted to write a summary, an overall opinion about the whole book, but all those stories and all these authors… I’ll point out the stories that fell into my memory and write a sentence or two about them, the other stories you’ll just have to check for yourself.

Out of all the authors listed bellow I only read books/stories written by Neil Gaiman, so they were all new to me and therefore, reading this book was a fascinating experience.

The Humanity of Monsters

25527667Authors: Chinelo Onwualu, Kaaron Warren, Catherynne M. Valente, Gemma Files, Peter Watts, Indrapramit Das, Leah Bobet, Sofia Samatar, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Sonya Taaffe, Yoon Ha Lee, Neil Gaiman, Joe Lansdale, Rachel Swirsky, Maria Dahvana Headley, Sunny Moraine, Berit Ellingsen, Polenth Blake, Kij Johnson, Laird Barron, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Livia Llewellyn, Nathan Ballingrud, A.C. Wise, Rose Lemberg, Meghan McCarron

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Tasting Gomoa by Chinelo Onwualu ★★★★★

A pretty strong story to start with. It doesn’t have any kind of monster you might imagine, it’s all about the human nature.

The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente ★★

That was a strange story and not one I liked. It’s about a demon, who was expelled from hell and is bound to live on earth in more or less human form. The Story tells you how the world around demon change how people treat it. The problem is the story is slow paced and, even though it fits the overall theme, it didn’t manage to catch my interest. Continue reading “Monsters are everywhere and in everyone”

Top 5 Wednesday – Books to Read by the Fire

imgresOK, I already wrote on few occasions that I don’t do a seasonal reading, but since this topic came true, I guess I can choose some books I think that might fall into this cathegory. Quite many books actually…. I will try to limit my choices to the books I haven’t mentioned before, because, let’s face it – Harry Potter is an obvious one for me :D, especially that I do intend to read the illustrated edition during my Christmas break. It’s not a seasonal reading… It’s a big book that I don’t intend to carry with me, so the only time I can read it is when I’m home… and I’ll be home for Christmas ;). Also the Narnia series is one that I could easily add to this list, but I’ll skip this one too.

Hmm… I tried to think, about the five books, but I simply can’t choose. I’m going to go with 5 sets of books that have something in common.

5 – a touch of Poland

Smak świeżych malin Herbatniki z jagodami Cierpkość wiśni

For the start I’m giving you three short (between 200 and 250 pages), but nice reads set in Poland. I’ve read these books a long time ago.

The books are called Fruit trilogy, each book’s heroine has a name after a fruit and each of the is in different age. Stories tell us about their key moments in life – a new adult girl starting her university life. A 20-something woman trying to lead a normal life in her home town. And a 30-something woman who just changed her job and moved to a small town to escape from people who chased careers and fought for their jobs.

I know it might not sound fascinating, but these are good books. I liked them and that says a lot, since I don’t really like normal, contemporary books.

4 – for young and imaginative

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Odd in a company

Oddly normal vol2 Oddly Normal Vol. 2 (Oddly Normal issues #6-10) by Otis Frampton

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This is a continuation of a story about a quite peculiar heroine. Her name is Oddly Normal and she’s a half-witch.

Oddly is trying to get used to Fignation and the… people there. Yes, her new school mates are as awful as the old ones. Yes, her teachers are unusual. But this time she has friends! They will make her time in Fignation more interesting, invite her for an adventure and share their secrets with her. Continue reading “Odd in a company”

Rain on me

Oddly normal vol1 Oddly Normal Vol. 1 (Oddly Normal issues #1-5) by Otis Frampton

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This is a fun story directed mostly to younger readers, but it’s just as fun to read this as an adult.

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. Young Oddly was so angry at her life, that in the day of her birthday she wished for her parents to disappear. Unfortunately, her wish came true and now she has no choice but to go with her gram to fantasy world called Fignation. There everything is possible: monsters and creatures of various kinds are walking the streets, magic is everywhere, and a school Bug is Oddly’s new transport.

Sounds fun, right? It seems that our green haired half witch who hates rain would find her place in a place like this. See for yourself if that’s the case. Continue reading “Rain on me”