October round-up

It’s a new month, and thus time for a roundup of the books I’ve read last month.

Three non-fiction, one audiobook. Bit of a mix, this time! Taking my yearly total to 57 (I’ve read one this month already, so at 58 for the year).

First up, we had the fascinating Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse, by Nina Schick, which delves into how misinformation on a global scale is being used to affect democracy.

Sticking with the non-fiction theme, next up was Kate Humble’s A Year of Living Simply, which I really enjoyed, an ode to the life lived in a less complicated way. Review up soon.

Then we had Hard Time, by Jodi Taylor, book 2 in her Time Police series, another rollicking adventure up and down the time streams with our favourite Time Police recruits. 

I was tempted into renewing my Audible subscription this month as I had a long drive, and picked up Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August to keep me going. Huge fan of Claire North’s books, and have had this one recommended to me many times. Delightfully twisty, time jumping shenanigans. You’ve probably already read it, haven’t you? Most people I know seem to have!

Back to non-fiction for Do Photo by Andrew Paynter. This is the second of the ‘Do’ books I’ve read recently, and whilst I’ve found them both interesting and worth reading, they’ve both ended up being not quite what I expected. Here I was thinking it’d be more of a helpful guide to getting more out of photography, whereas it was more about Paynter’s approach. Which is fair enough, and as I say, an interesting read.

Book 6 of the month was The Law of Innocence, by Michael Connelly for the blog tour this month, so review later. It’s the first of Connelly’s books I’ve read, though it’s the 7th of his Mickey Haller books and the 34th in his Harry Bosch universe. Big fan of the Bosch tv series, and I enjoyed this a lot. A lawyer is locked up for a murder, and has to prove his innocence from behind bars. Good job he knows Harry Bosch, eh?

Last but by no means least, I read The Man On The Street, by Trevor Wood. Winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award at the CWA Awards, it’s a cracking read. I was between books whilst watching the awards, this popped up and I thought right, I fancy a bit of that. Set in my home town of Newcastle Upon Tyne, it follows homeless veteran Jimmy investigate a murder that no-one believes actually happened. Hugely recommended.

Book post this month:

Stuart Turton’s The Devil and the Dark Water – I’d been fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy, but had already ordered a signed edition from Waterstones back in January. Trouble is, I’d ordered it to come to the store in Leeds. Cue a masked trip to the shop to collect. It’s very lovely. Look at those edges!

The 99% Invisible City, by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt. Based on one of my favourite podcasts (99% Invisible), it looks at the hidden world of everyday design. Looks fascinating. Another ordering mishap here (bit of a month for it) as I ordered it so long ago my debit card expired by the time it came for the bookshop to charge me (or try and charge me) for it. Cue a fresh order, and a lovely new book.

Stratus, by Mark de Jager. Sent to my by my friend (and fabulous author herself) Liz de Jager (spot the link), this looks brilliant and is out at the end of November.

In the war-torn lands of Krandin, a kingdom fighting against the Worm King of the Penullin Empire and his dark magic, a stranger wakes, knowing only that his name is Stratus. He possesses great strength and magic, but only fractured memories of his past, and a growing certainty that he is not, in fact, human. As he explores this new world, disoriented, making few friends and many enemies, the battle for his mind will determine the fate of the world.

Then we have the intriguing 337 by M Jonathan Lee, from Hideaway Fall. Why Intriguing? Because you can start the book from either front or back, and indeed it’s hard to say which is which. Up on the blog soon…

Then we have Charles Stross’ Dead Lies Dreaming, which takes his world of The Laundry Files into a standalone story. Looks interesting!

Another book order this month was The Archive of the Forgotten by AJ Hackwith. LOVED the first book, The Library of the Unwritten, and excited to find out that there was a sequel. Which isn’t coming out in the UK until next year! Luckily the fabulous Portal Bookshop in York were able to get me a copy. Hurrah (support your local indie bookshops, folks. They’re awesome)

Nearly there, honest. Next parcel to arrive on the doormat was RJ Barker’s Call of the Bone Ships, sequel to his fabulous The Bone Ships. Further adventures of Lucky Meas and the Tide Child.

I’m not sure how I stumbled across Adventurous Ink, a book subscription service for outdoor-loving folk, but I’m glad I did. October’s book is Llama Drama by Anna McNuff, and I got to go to a fabulous zoom interview between Anna and Tim Frenneaux, founder of Adventurous Ink. Great fun, and I signed up immediately.

Lastly, an advance copy of Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims, from the lovely folk at Gollancz.

A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers – even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building. None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or deprived, besides a postcode, they share only one thing in common – they’ve all experienced a shocking disturbance within the building’s walls. By the end of the night, their host is dead, and none of the guests ever said what happened. His death remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries – until now.

So that’s my October. Have you read any of them? Any in particular take your fancy? Do let me know in the comments!

If you do like the look of any, you can pick them up via my list on bookshop.org – help support independent bookshops!

Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

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