I'll make a tiny confession here and admit that I picked up Deathscent, by Robin Jarvis, in the library because I was knocked for six by the cover. The portrait shows 'Brindle', a character from the book, and it seemed to jump right out at me. Am I alone in being influenced so much by cover art? Luckily, it rarely turns out to be a mistake and this time was no exception. Deathscent is a young adult book, based in Elizabethan times but in an alternate universe. And what a universe! Very original. (Not saying too much for fear of spoiling.) It was slow starting... didn't really get going until 3 or 4 chapters in but once it did the mix of history, fantasy and a touch of horror was quite gripping. This is apparently part one of a new series called 'Intrigues of The Reflected Realm'. It was written in 2001 and so far there seems to be no sign of part 2. I hope the author is working on it as we speak. No, I don't. I hope the thing is finished and about to be published as I would like to read more.
More books pouring into the house this week.
Trollope the Traveller ed. by Graham Handley
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bordain
Sunday Lunch by Gordon Ramsay
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell
And at the library this morning I picked up a slim volume of Spike Milligan's war memoirs, The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud and A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell.
I really, truly and honestly must stop buying more books because I have masses to read. So much in fact that every time I finish something I have an awful job making up my mind about what to read next. I'm like that daft woman in Open All Hours. *G* I think my next read will be A Passage to India by E.M. Forster but who knows quite frankly...