If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.
DECEMBER 2020 RELEASES
Josephine Angelini: What She Found in the Woods: Buy: Goodreads
Megan Hart: Lovely Wild: Buy: Goodreads
Karen Ann Hopkins: The Widow: Buy
Shirley Jackson: Come Along with Me: Buy
Kate Kessler: Call of Vultures: Buy: Goodreads
Tara Moss: The War Widow: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: A Winter Symphony: Buy
Tiffany Reisz: The Pearl: Buy
Posted in Josephine Angelini, Karen Ann Hopkins, Kate Kessler, Megan Hart, Shirley Jackson, Tara Moss, Tiffany Reisz
Tagged A Winter Symphony, Call of Vultures, Come Along with Me, December 2020 Releases, Lovely Wild, The Pearl, The War Widow, The Widow, What She Found in the Woods
Penguin Classics (US & CA: 28th January 2014; UK: 27th March 2014; AU: 28th May 2014)
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Having read The Bird’s Nest last month, I expected another quality read from Shirley Jackson. Unfortunately, The Sundial failed to grab me. It should have been intriguing: Aunt Fanny’s brother dies, but his ghost appears to her with warnings of an upcoming apocalypse, in which only the people inside the family mansion will survive.
OK, this was written decades ago, but the family believes the warning so quickly that it doesn’t feel right. Someone does try to skip out, but after she’s assaulted she’s rescued and brought back to the mansion. Meanwhile, the family tries to recruit people to join them, should the need for repopulating the earth arise – this bit is kind of comical.
And at the end, we’re not told if everyone outside the house dies or not. Might be interesting to read a follow-up. If you wholeheartedly believe that apocalypse will come on a certain date, and you plan and live and everything, and it doesn’t happen…what will you do in the aftermath of the non-event? There are a lot of pre- and post-apocalyptic stories, but I’m not sure if this angle has been as frequently explored in fiction. Something to think about.
But yes, this did not hold my attention at all, and is very much a let-down in comparison to the author’s other works.
Canadian links added to Most Wanted.
Reading Wishlist Update:
ADDED: JOCELYNN DRAKE – Dawnbreaker – 2009; SHIRLEY JACKSON – The Lottery and Other Stories – 28 Jul 2008