What I’m Reading

I was lucky to have a copy sent to me by the publisher. I was very taken with Strandberg’s Blood Cruise and I’m happy to inform you that The Home is also excellent – albeit a quieter and more intimate horror.

Once inseparable, Joel and Nina haven’t spoken in twenty years. When Joel’s mother Monika develops dementia, he has no choice but to return to his home town. Monika needs specialist care, and that means Pineshade – which also means Joel is going to have to deal with his one-time best friend, for Nina works there.

It’s not long before Monika’s health deteriorates – she starts having violent, terrifying outbursts, and worse, she appears to know things she couldn’t possibly know. It’s almost as if she isn’t herself any more… but of course, that’s true of most of the residents at Pineshade.”

If you’re anything like me the possibility of ending your life with dementia in the company of strangers is a real fear. Or that you may be called upon to send a parent to such a place. So a horror story set in an old people’s home, where the residents are losing themselves, is an excellent setting for pushing those buttons. Strandberg has a talent for creating believable characters and although the action isn’t as gore splattered as Blood Cruise there were still some very wince-making descriptions.

I very much recommend this.

Next up for me is Ian Dunt’s How to be a Liberal which I pre-ordered

I’ve been reading politics.co.uk since 2016 (I wonder what massive political upheaval caused that?) and thought I’d try a longer piece of Dunt’s writing. I’ve only read the first few chapters but I think that the introduction – of how Nationalism consists of six lies (individuals don’t exist, the world is simple, you mustn’t question, institutions conspire against the people, difference is bad and there is no such thing as objective truth) should be taught in schools. I feel the current march of illiberal regimes, ‘fake news,’ creeping fascism and other such ills are a failure of our education system. Anyway – this is currently the book I have a bookmark in – heavy subject but written in an easy to read and engaging style.

Published by suttope

Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/ He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here: http://info-far-horizons.wix.com/far-horizons-emag

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