1) The Vagrant (The Vagrant #1) by Peter Newman
The Vagrant is an incredibly unique fantasy with elements of steampunk/sci-fi woven in to the story. This book takes the ‘showing, not telling’ rule of storytelling to the extreme – we are not given access to any of the character’s inner thoughts and there’s hardly any exposition. Instead, the story is told through a series of beautifully-written cinematic images so the book plays out like a movie inside your head. It’s a fantasy book that rewards the attentive and patient reader.
2) The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales
I’ve been reading the Grimm’s fairy tales off and on for the past TWO YEARS and I finally finished it this month.
3) The Malice (The Vagrant #2) by Peter Newman
The Malice takes place about 12 or 13 years after the events of the first book and focuses on Vesper, the Vagrant’s daughter. I gotta say, it’s been a long time since I’ve come across such a naïve, idealistic heroine but that’s what I really loved about Vesper – her commitment to doing the right thing in such a cynical, broken world.
4) The Seven (The Vagrant #3) by Peter Newman
By the third book in The Vagrant trilogy, I really had to reassess what genre this series was – I thought at first it was predominantly fantasy, but as the series progressed, elements of sci-fi and horror became more and more obvious. Genre-mashing can be a tricky thing to pull off but Peter Newman makes it work so well in this series. Also, the final book features some memorable battle scenes that are truly epic in every sense of the word.
5&6) The Hammer and the Goat/The Vagrant and the City by Peter Newman
Along with the main books in The Vagrant trilogy, I read two short stories that ran parallel to the events of the main story. The Hammer and the Goat was my favorite, featuring two of my favorite side characters having a sort of mini-adventure together. The Vagrant and the City was good but I think it dragged on a bit too long.
7) 1001 TV Shows You Must Watch Before You Die by Paul Condon (editor)
It might be impossible to watch 1001 TV shows in your life (unless that was all you ever did) but it was still fun to read through this book and add some series to my watchlist. And when I was going through the TV shows of the 90’s and 00’s, I kept getting hit with waves of nostalgia – ‘OMG, I remember that show!’
8) Carrie audiobook by Stephen King; narrated by Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek (who played Carrie White in the original film adaptation) does a wonderful job narrating King’s classic horror story of a bullied teenage girl who develops telekinetic power and gets revenge on her tormenters.
9) Rivers of London, Vol. 6: Water Weed by Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel
Another enjoyable volume in the Peter Grant comic book series. Contains everything you would want in a comic – drugs, sex, and magic.
Reading Challenge Update:
Reading 9 books in February brings me to a total of 20 out of 100 books read for my 2019 reading challenge and I’m currently 4 books ahead of schedule. (Yes, I know 2 of my ‘books’ this month were technically short stories but if Goodreads counts them, so do I)
Total Books Read: 9
Total Pages Read: 3361
Total Audiobook Hours: 7 hours, 24 mins
Genres – Fiction
Fantasy – 5
Short Story Collection – 1
Horror – 1
Comic book – 1
Genres – Non Fiction:
Reference – 1
Paperback – 2
Hardcover – 4
Ebook – 2
Audiobook – 1
Favorite Book of the Month: The Vagrant by Peter Newman