What I read in May 2023

May felt really long. Making this list, I couldn’t believe I read some of the earlier titles less than a month ago.

Writing-wise, I wrote three stories:

  • a 100-word drama in less than a day (that was the time limit)
  • a 3,000-word horror comedy (well, it made me laugh, though that may have been hysteria) in two days (it was a ten-day challenge, but I didn’t have an idea I liked until day eight)
  • a 2,000-word ghost story in seven days (this is as relaxed as my writing practice gets, apparently. And yet I used to be the neurotic, irritating student who always started their essays weeks ahead of the deadline?!).

I also read my work at another successful Emotional Madness with Mary-Ann and Mates. If you live too far from Colchester to experience the shows in person, you can now read some of the talented performers’ poetry (and a short story of mine) in the first Emotional Madness anthology zine. £5 from each purchase goes to Autism Anglia.

Klara and the Sun, Hotel 21, Things We Say in the Dark, Shuggie Bain, Adventures About to Begin

Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro - 4*

Hotel 21, by Senta Rich - 4*

Things We Say in the Dark, by Kirsty Logan - 5*

Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart - 4.5*

Adventures About To Begin, by Allen Therisa - 3.5*

The Last Remains, Thirty Days of Darkness, Lost Signals, No Worries If Not, All Systems Red

The Last Remains, by Elly Griffiths - 4.5*

Thirty Days of Darkness, by Jenny Lund Madsen, translated by Megan Turney - 4.5*

Lost Signals, edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle - some good stories, but overall, too variable. 3*

No Worries If Not, by Soph Galustian - 4.5*

All Systems Red, by Martha Wells - 4*

The Wolf in the Woods, Hallucinations, Hogfather, Dark Fiction

The Wolf in the Woods, by Dan Brotzel - 3.5*

Hallucinations, by Oliver Sacks - 4.5*

Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett - 5*

Jon Richter’s Dark Fiction - 4*

Looking ahead…

Voices of the Dead, Thief of Time, Migraine, The Fascination, You Can't See Me

I’ve already started The Fascination, by Essie Fox, and it’s amazing so far.

I tend not to go in for many crime/thriller blog tours as I find them quite challenging to review. However, there are a couple of exceptions to my rule: appealing Orenda titles (You Can’t See Me, by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir), and new books by authors I love (also You Can’t See Me, and Voices of the Dead, by Ambrose Parry). I can’t wait to read these!

I’m also planning to continue my Oliver Sacks and Terry Pratchett journeys with Migraine and Thief of Time.

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