Been doing a lot of reading lately, and a lot of writing – mostly short fiction for my Masters. Admittedly this has led me to be somewhat remiss on the reviewing front. (Sad face.)
A quick recap, then, of some of the books I’ve read in the past few weeks:
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing – a pithy novella with elements of magic realism, about a family struggling to raise a child who appears inhuman. The book focuses on the mother’s internal fight between revulsion and duty. Well-written and easy to devour in a sitting.
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth – haunting historical fiction, about the love affair between Wilhelm Grimm and his next door neighbour Dortchen Wild, who told him many of the stories that were to become Grimms’ Folk Tales. Following on from her historical fiction/fantasy blend Bitter Greens (a retelling of Rapunzel, which I reviewed here), Forsyth artfully combines research and imagination in a dark tale with a beautiful silver lining. …Click here to read the rest!