Monday, March 21, 2016

What I Read in July 2015

What better to read in the middle of a hot summer than two stormy November novels?

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
When the daughter of a cult horror movie director is found dead of apparent suicide, investigative journalist Scott McGrath delves into the twisted, eerie world of the horror film industry and uncovers even more unsettling tragedies.

This is one of the rare occasions where I wish I had read the book rather than listened to it. There was a lot of visual content that supplemented the book and I think it would have made a big difference. As it was, I really think this would have been a better movie or television series (only one season, maybe two) because of how intensely strange and twisted so much of this story was. I would have like to have seen clips of the horror movies and witnessed some of the truly terrifying things; without the visual elements (yes, I know I listened to the audiobook, but I'm also not convinced that the pictures in the book would have been enough either) it fell a little flat and wasn't as creepy and haunting as I wish it would have been.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
In a small coastal village where the people share the beach with killer water horses, Puck does what no other woman has and enters the deadly Scorpio Races to save her family from financial ruin.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. This was such an understated love story and yet, it wasn't a romance, and was so well-written. I don't even like horses (do you even know how many teeth they have?!), but I really liked this. A lovely balance of magic and atmosphere with real, nearly tangible economic and family tension.

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