Tag Archives: Novella

A funny, sexy, novella in vignettes

Sophia by Michael Bible Time for another Shiny New Books link. A story set in the Deep South and New York, featuring a whisky-priest, a chess-playing savant and a blind assassin was always going to pique my interest, and this short novel repaid that in spades. Told in short vignettes, this caper is narrated by Reverend Alvis Maloney, who describes… Read more »

A literary crime spoof from 1946

Where there’s love, there’s hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Kessica Ernst Powell Reviews earlier this year by Jacqui and Kaggsy alerted me to this story, and I picked up a copy from the novella table at Waterstones, Piccadilly on one of my trips to London. This little mystery was the only… Read more »

2 from Roundfire books for a belated #NovellaNov

Poppy at Poppy Peacock Pens launched a marvelous new meme for November – celebrating novellas. I love novellas and recently received two from Roundfire Books. I read them in November, but they aren’t published until later this week, so I’m posting belatedly for Novella Nov, but just a few days ahead of publication… Small Change by Andrez Bergen With its title and cover artwork… Read more »

Worth every penny?

Annabel   25th September 2015   20 Comments on Worth every penny?

List of the Lost by Morrissey Regular visitors will know that I am willing to try reading anything, and I always try to look for the best in a novel. I read Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography‘ and reviewed it here, finding some parts, especially the childhood sections a fair read – it soon descended into being bitter and twisted and oh so… Read more »

A Sudanese modern classic …

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih This was our July choice for book group, picked by a new member to our group who is Sudanese and was keen to introduce us to what is regarded as a classic of Sudanese literature and one of the most important Arabic novels of the twentieth century. This short novel didn’t… Read more »

Simenon's most autobiographical roman dur…

Three Bedrooms in Manhattan by Georges Simenon Last month I had the opportunity to meet John Simenon, Georges’s son at an event celebrating the prolific Belgian author and his work. Apart from all the Maigret novels, Simenon was famed for his romans durs (hard novels) which are standalone, and typically quite dark and noirish in character  – I previously reviewed… Read more »

A contemporary take on the myth of Athena

The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles. I am born of a father. I split his head. For an instant that is as long as life itself we face one another and look each other in the eye. You are my father, I tell him with my eyes. My father. The person in front of me,… Read more »

Quick Reads – ideal for the train!

I’ve been terribly naughty and snuck in two novellas that got sent to me a couple of weeks ago, so not from my TBR piles.  But the TBR dare is a do it your own way challenge, and it’ll be back to books I already owned by the end of 2014 from hereon in – promise! Galaxy Quick Reads is… Read more »

Three Slightly Shorter Reviews

I’ve got a series of posts lined up for the week in between Christmas and New Year with my hits, misses, finds and stats, so it’s time to catch up with my review pile backlog and some shorter reviews… The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield For anyone who loved the TV series Six Feet Under, this is what it’s like… Read more »

'After the first death, there is no other.' – or is there?

Advantages of the Older Man by Gwyneth Lewis When this short novel popped through the door, I couldn’t resist reading it straight away. Gwyneth Lewis is a poet, author and playwright and I’ve previously read her volume in Seren Book’s New Tales of the Mabinogion series. The Meat Tree is a retelling of the strange and ancient story of Blodeuwedd, the woman… Read more »