House of Lost Souls: FG Cottam
Modern British horror, about a young man working in London as a press photographer who uncovers evidence of a nasty demonic force. I complained earlier in the month about his clunky use of song titles to create atmosphere. The story seemed to peter out into dull cod-religious imagery, Jesuit Exorcists and the like, and I abandoned it about two chapters before the end.
The Carhullan Army: Sarah Hall
I blogged about this at the time. Obviously very interesting and worth a read. ETA: I've just realised this is the only book in this list that I have finished, though I'll probably finish some of the others early next month.
The Cutting Room: Louise Welsh (audio, read by Robert Carlyle)
Slashy murder mystery. I quite enjoyed this on a chapter-by chapter basis, but I haven't finished listening to it. I find I am surprisingly bashful about explicit sexual content when it is read out by a familiar voice. I kept stopping the audio, and feeling almost like I was intruding. Also pulling a startled face as I walked along listening to it.
Thirteen Moons: Charles Frazier
I've mentioned this one before. Well-written, but I thought the story petered out a bit when the protagonist left Indian Territory and went to Washington to lobby for his adopted tribe. Stopped about half way through.
The Unblemished: Conrad Williams
Modern British horror, about a young man working in London as a press photographer who uncovers evidence of a nasty demonic force. No, really. This one is very writerly and modern, and I see the author teaches on a writing course at a University. The writing is a bit self-conscious and a bit reminiscent of Chuck Pahlaniuk or whatever his name is. I got fed up with it about half way through, I thought the relentless raping and eating of the female characters was a bit wearing.
The science of enlightenment: Shinzen Young (audio)
Blogged about this yesterday. It's about 16 or 17 hours long. Only recommended if you've got a prior interest on this subject. A general reader might be better with something shorter, though I am enjoying it.
Sarah Canary: Karen Joy Fowler
Some strong similarities to 'thirteen moons' in its setting and surreal atmosphere. A silent and ugly woman wanders into a Chinese railroad workers' camp in the nineteenth century wild west (I think in Washington State). She then wanders off across the country pursued by an accumulating group of characters, not unlike the gingerbread man. Everyone projects their business on to her, and she gives out no clues (at least so far). Karen Joy Fowler wrote 'The Jane Austen Book Club' but this has a much less structured plot. Like most road stories it more seems to grow by appending incidents one after the other. I'll probably finish this one.
Always: Karen Joy Fowler
While I was reading the novel I downloaded KJF's Nebula-award-winning short story (link above) and read it in about an hour. If you give up sex and alcohol will you live forever? No, but it'll feel like it.
Wordweaving: Trevor Silvester
This is a textbook on the use of language in hypnotherapy.