Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: In the Night Wood

In the Night Wood In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now that the weather is finally turning gloomy, you might be looking for an atmospheric read. Look no further! This book blends folklore, English countryside, mysterious books, missing children, and a wood that beckons....

I enjoyed Bailey's short stories that I also read this year, and I may have a slight preference for those because they were more along the lines of dark fantasy and sometimes humorous, always full of humanity. Sometimes I felt trapped in this book because it gets a bit circular, and you know that the characters are doing dangerous things and the author is just going to make you watch it happen! But that's part of the overall tone of the novel that is so effective. Some of the characters feel more like archetypes than individuals, but again, that suits the book too since there is a layer in it of another book, also called In the Night Wood.

At the heart of the story is a damaged marriage, with both people destroyed by grief with an added undercurrent of infidelity that hasn't even started to be dealt with. That may be the greater horror in the end.

(I marked this little part:)
"They were silent then, listening to the sound of their marriage calve around them, like a glacier, like sea ice, as fragile and as cold.
'Pass the salt, please,' he said."

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Reading Envy 131: Tartan Noir and More with Claire Duffy

Claire Duffy is a crime writer in Glasgow, and overall interesting person who came on the Reading Envy podcast to chat books. We talk about how tartan noir has very little to do with tartans, the crime community in Scotland, and how classics change as we get older.

Download or listen via this link: Reading Envy 131: Tartan Noir and More.

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Books Discussed:

Garnethill by Denise Mina
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Finding Peggy by Meg Henderson
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Other Mentions: 

Dark of Night, Episode One by C.S. Duffy
The Bridge (tv show)
Mary Higgins Clark
Bloody Scotland Festival
Mark Billingham
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Trainspotting (film)
Ian Rankin
Val McDermid
Noir at the Bar, Edinburgh
Noir at the Bar: An Oral History
National Book Award (USA)
Man Booker Prize
Not the Booker Prize
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
Downton Abbey (tv series)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (film)
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler

Related Episodes (those with crime):
Episode 058 - Wishing for a Sequel with Scott D. Danielson
Episode 060 - A Good Era for Communists with Rose Davis
Episode 062 - Olfactory Stimuli with David Galloway
Episode 072 - Books Are My Bag with Sarah K
Episode 074 - The Books We Didn't Love in High School with Blaine DeSantis
Episode 108 - Venn Diagram with Yanira Ramirez 
Episode 110 - The Accidental Love Episode with Casey Stepaniuk
Episode 114 - Raised by Wolves with Karen Acosta
Episode 115 - Quote, Unquote with Scott Eaton 

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Claire is @csduffywriter on Instagram
Claire is also @writer.on.the.go on Instagram if you want to check out her dictating while exercising project
Claire on Twitter
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Jenny at Goodreads
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Jenny is @readingenvy on Instagram and Litsy