The Accidental Creative – Todd Henry: Read on Peter Ball‘s repeated recommendation, and proving very practical as I sort out how this year is working.
The Black Sheep – Georgette Heyer: I’d forgotten I’d read this book until I reached the last few chapters (of which I’m rather fond). Mari Ness’s write-up of this on Tor.com (Almost Slumming It: Black Sheep) is, as usual, thoughtful and thought-provoking: “Miss Abigail Wendover, the protagonist of Black Sheep, is under the very understandable impression that she is in a Georgette Heyer novel.”
The Scarecrows – Robert Westall: courtesy of Kelly Link
Radiance – Catherynne M. Valente, with a Will Staehle cover which perfectly captures this “decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own”
The End of a Fence – Roman Muradov: I still have no idea what happened in this little graphic novel but I liked it, and the author has confirmed that is the point. It operates slightly below the conscious level, is very beautiful, and without looking in the least like it reminded me slightly of the world of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing.
Claiming the Courtesan – Anna Campbell’s debut novel
Assorted books in progress
Making Your Own Days – Kenneth Koch
Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi
The Memoirs of Harriet Wilson – Harriette Wilson
Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – Alan Coren
Movies and music
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
The Big Short
Joanna Newsome concert
A pattern I noticed across many books I read this month was that of lies, duality, falsehood and their power to create truth, or something new and true and separate from the truth they started off from…