22 February 2007

Some recommended reading

Just thought I'd share a bit about some outstanding novels I've read lately...

One firmly falls within the bounds of this blog group: SON OF PERDITION by Louise Gouge. Though part of a series, it stands alone fairly well. Gouge takes Captain Ahab of MOBY DICK fame and gives him a family, including the title character, Timothy, whom the readers see fighting for love as well as the chance to prove that the "sins of the fathers" truly are not visited upon the sons in his case, all framed within the tumultuous period of the American Civil War.

One is definitely unusual in its construction, though it's "historical" only in the sense that the heroine must grapple with the years-past loss of her beloved first husband before she can learn to move forward with the present love of her life: VIOLETTE BETWEEN by Alison Strobel. Without giving away any spoilers, let me caution potential readers that the chronology may be a bit difficult to follow at first -- I have to admit I am not a fan of nonlinear storytelling -- but in this case the emotional payoff for sticking with the story is outstanding.

And, finally, this one is a contemporary novel -- I'd call it far more action-adventure or possibly miliatry thriller than anything else, in fact the "romance" aspect seems tacked-in as an afterthought -- but it is definitely an exciting read, and interesting in its Middle Eastern setting: ALLAH'S FIRE by Gayle Roper and Chuck Holton.

What recommendations can you offer?

1 comment:

carrie_lofty said...

If we're talking about non-romance historicals, I have to recommend:

The Siege by Helen Dunmore. Set during the siege of Leningrad in 1941, it is stark, harsh, and has a KHEA (kinda happily ever after) -- a rarity among literary historicals. Dunmore's gift for language will astound you. This remains one of my favorite books.

Another WWII drama, this one about refugees from Italy and Yugoslavia: Anja the Liar by Thomas Moran (click for my review)

About the horrifying Johnstown, PA flood in 1889: In Sunglight, in a Beautiful Garden by Kathleen Cambor (click for my review)

About "the Eva Peron of Paraguay": The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch by Anne Enright (click for my review). This book has one of the best opening lines of all time: "Francisco Solano López put his penis inside Eliza Lynch on a lovely spring day in Paris, in 1854."