Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

I didn’t know going in that this was the sequel to Powers’ 1989 novel The Stress of Her Regard, following a new generation of characters fighting the same evil as in that first story, but I wasn’t at a disadvantage and this book reads fine as a stand-alone. (That said, I obviously have to read the first book now because it would be wrong not to). This was and is a perfect October read. Powers writes a deeply atmospheric tale of artists, poets and vampires, set in a London that you can taste, smell and feel. He takes the unusual … Continue reading Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Take a cup of each of the following: Nancy Drew, the Famous Five and the Usborne Puzzle Adventures; throw in a generous handful of The Goonies, Monster Squad, and some Young Sherlock Holmes if you have it; add a pinch of Scooby-Doo, Where are You? and just a few Lovecraftian tentacles, blend together and pour through a strainer to remove any lingering lumps. Chill for thirteen hours, then serve lavishly dressed with tropes and stage directions. What I’m trying to say is that this was a bundle of fun to read and definitely something I will read again … but … Continue reading Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Books with a body count

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a placid library employee who enjoys long walks in nearby woodlands, crunching through autumn leaves and wearing big woolly jumpers. I’ve no particular desire to stumble across a real dead body while on a walk (and it’s always at the back of my mind that that could happen – you know what they say about dog-walkers and joggers being the ones who find the bodies, right?), but in my reading life, if there are going to be bodies, I want lots of ‘em! Authors can just be so darned creative when it comes to killings … Continue reading Books with a body count