As is traditional around these here parts, I thought I’d pull together a quick post to
boast about, sorry, update everyone on the cool books and other stuff that I got for Christmas.
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking by Deborah Cadbury – “In the late nineteenth century, Queen Victoria had over thirty surviving grandchildren. To maintain and increase power in Europe, she hoped to manoeuvre them into dynastic marriages.”
The Rig by Roger Levy – An astounding SF thriller for fans of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Neal Stephenson, Alastair Reynolds and David Mitchell says the blurb.
Melmoth by Sarah Perry – “Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But her sheltered life is about to change.”
A Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang – “The year is 1924. The cobblestoned streets of St. James ring with jazz as Britain races forward into an age of peace and prosperity. London’s back alleys, however, are filled with broken soldiers and still enshadowed by the lingering horrors of the Great War.”
Excellent Intentions by Richard Hull – “Great Barwick’s least popular man is murdered on a train. Twelve jurors sit in court. Four suspects are identified but which of them is on trial?”
Thomas Cromwell by Diarmaid MacCulloch – how many biographies of Master Cromwell does one need? All of them!
Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds – “Cassandra Darke is an art dealer, mean, selfish, solitary by nature, living in Chelsea in a house worth £7 million.” A modern-day Scrooge?
The Meg – Jason Statham versus an enormous shark; I know who my money is on…
Ghost Stories – Based on Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s original Olivier nominated stage production, the same team have co-written and directed this adaptation for the big screen.
Mission Impossible: Fallout – Loved this in the cinema so it had to be added to the permanent collection
The Steampunk Tarot – Retooling the gears of the Rider-Waite tradition, the artwork evokes the imagery and spirit of this unique visual style. Another deck for my collection.
Something 16th century? Check. At least one crime novel? Check. Something horror adjacent? Check. Tom Cruise? Check.
Well, everything seems in order here!