When I look back at my literary endeavors of 2013 I will remember it as the year of Neil Gaiman, who I discovered when I stumbled onto his newest book The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Somehow I had been totally unaware of him before then, at least as a writer. After devouring this book in just a few days, I went on to read four of his previous works including Coraline, American Gods and my other favorite book of this year, Stardust.
Other notable reads of the past year span a wide range of subjects for me, from the gritty and sometimes chilling, The Devil al the Time which I found exceptionally well written, though seriously, not for the faint of heart. To the sweet diversion, The Chaperon a fictional account of real life silent screen star Louise Brooks and her first summer in NYC at age 15. All seen through the eyes of her older guardian.
Many years ago I watched an excellent mini series based on the award winning book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. So when I saw it was available for Kindles, I snapped it up. It is a beautifully written book about a young women brought up in an oppressively religious home and dealing with her homosexuality. I also really liked this unique Sci Fi story, World of Shell and Bone (oddly published under two different names, she now goes by S.K. Falls?) and am looking forward to the sequel, Land of Masks and Moonlight which I will read after I finish the addictive Divergent series.
Happy New Year!
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