Becky’s Best of 2013

Darkling by R. B. ChestertonTitle:  The Darkling

Author:  R.B. Chesterton


I loved how this novel was Southern Gothic meets psychological suspense with a generous helping of horror on the side.  It is told in a flashback by Mimi, who is  telling the story of when she lived with a wealthy family just after college, serving as a governess/teacher to their three children.  This is a short, fast read where things go from uneasy, to troubling, to problematic, to terrifying rather quickly.  And the ending is fabulous!  We never know if we can trust Mimi and at the end we are left questioning everything we just read.  I closed the book and literally said aloud “Wow!”  In fact, I almost started it over again immediately.

NOS4A2 by Joe HillTitle:  NOS4A2

Author:  Joe Hill

Call #:  HILL

In this suspenseful, original and chillingly realistic horror novel, Joe Hill sets up an epic battle between our villain, Charlie Manx and a troubled Heroine, Victoria (Vic) McQueen.  Vic and Manx are among the few people out in the world who have access to the “inscape” which is a world of thought, where the science of the real world can be left behind.  This is an awesome, terrifying and thrilling story and it was just plain fun to read for this horror fan.  It is long but every detail and adventure are there for a reason.  Please, please, please read every single page, including after the acknowledgements in the “Notes on the Type.”  The story does not end until the last page with text on it.  That was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in reading a novel.

Golem and the Jinni by Helene WeckerTitle:  The Golem and the Jinni

Author:  Helene Wecker


In this lyrical debut, Wecker combines fantasy and historical fiction in a cleverly told immigrant tale set in 1899 New York City.  But our protagonists are no ordinary immigrants – we have the Golem, a sentient creature made out of clay from Jewish Folklore and  a Jinni, a genie from Syrian folklore.  It is a serious look at folklore and immigrant life at the turn of the century but it is all packaged as a compelling and heartfelt story of two creatures looking for their place in a non-magical world.  This is a captivating and original story that reminded me of a combination of Forever by Pete Hamill (immigrant to NYC plus magic storyline), The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (dark fantasy with amazing world building and fluid storytelling) and People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (Jews and Arabs working together to save something precious).

Recommended by:  Becky


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