Feature: Arrivals Spotlight I know several of my fellow bloggers highlight the new books than arrive through their doors. I don’t want to add to the white noise but I do want to make their arrivals a bit permanently than putting nice things on my Twitter timeline. I will though like Speculative Scotsman limit myself  on those I mention.

Historical Lovecraft
Ed by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles

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SUMMARY

Historical Lovecraft, a unique anthology blending historical fiction with horror, features 26 tales spanning centuries and continents. This eclectic volume takes the readers through places as varied as Laos, Greenland, Peru, and the Congo, and from antiquity until the 20th century, pushing the envelope of Lovecraftian lore. William Meikle’s inquisitor tries to unravel the truth during a very hostile questioning. Jesse Bullington narrates the saga of a young Viking woman facing danger and destruction. E. Catherine Tobler stops in Ancient Egypt, where Pharaoh Hatshepsut receives an exquisite and deadly gift. Albert Tucher discovers that the dead do not remain silent in 10th century Rome. These are tales that reimagine history and look into the past through a darker glass. Tales that show evil has many faces and reaches through the centuries. Tales that will chill your heart.

Join us in our journey through horror and time, if you dare.

Stories by: Regina Allen, Jesse Bullington, Nathalie Boisard-Beudin, Mason Ian Bundschuh, Andrew G. Dombalagian, Mae Empson, Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas, Orrin Grey, Sarah Hans, Travis Heermann, Martha Hubbard, Nathaniel Katz, Leigh Kimmel, Meddy Ligner, William Meikle, Daniel Mills, Aaron Polson, Y. Wahyu Purnomosidhi, Alter S. Reiss, Josh Reynolds, Julio Toro San Martin, Bradley H. Sinor, Molly Tanzer, Albert Tucher,  E. Catherine Tobler, Bryan Thao Worra.

Now Lovecraft has big influence that reaches all sorts of writers and situations. I read a great Lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes short story for example I’ve also taken advantage of PS Publishings new e-book offerings to grab a copy of Black Wings and of course his ideas are a big part of Stross’s Laundry books so looking forward to seeing how Lovecraft could spread over the ages.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
by Yasutaka Tsutsui

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One of Tsutsui’s best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time. In her quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure that she believes to be responsible for her paranormal abilities, she’ll constantly have to push the boundaries of space and time, and challenge the notions of dream and reality.

When I mentioned this one on twitter I had a really positive reaction. It also sparked a a brief discussion of the seeming lack of enthusiasm for translated fiction even though there are some great examples like Fred Vargas, and Camilla Läckberg (more of which later). There was also mention of a great article Somewhere in Time on author in  Salon Futura. It’s somewhat of a classic it seems.

Dandy Gilver & an Unsuitable Day for a Murder
by Catriona McPherson

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Friday 3rd June, 1927

Dear Alec,

‘Careful what you wish for, lest it come true’ is my new motto, and here is why. I was summoned to Dunfermline, that old grey town, in the matter of a missing heiress.

She had flounced off in a sulk over forbidden love and I, suspecting elopement, was loath to take the job of scouring guesthouses to find the little madam and her paramour.

Before I could wriggle out of it, though, there was a murder in the mix – or was it suicide? I had hardly begun to decide when it happened again. Then I was sacked. Actually sacked! By two separate people, and both dismissals in writing. And that’s not even the worst of it, darling: matters here are careering downwards much in the style of a runaway train.

Please hurry – or who knows where it might end,

Dandy xx

Oh I have a soft spot for ‘cosy crime’ and this looks right up my street. What else is there to say?

The Gallows Bird
by Camilla Läckberg

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A woman is found dead, apparently the victim of a tragic car crash. It’s the first in a spate of seemingly inexplicable accidents in Tanumshede and marks the end of a quiet winter for detective Patrik Hedstrom and his colleagues.

At the same time a reality TV show is being shot in the town. As cameras shadow the stars’ every move, relations with the locals are strained to breaking point. When a drunken party ends with a particularly unpopular contestant’s murder, the cast and crew are obvious suspects. Could there be a killer in their midst?

As the country tunes in, the bodies mount up. Under the intense glare of the media spotlight, Patrik faces his toughest investigation yet…

I was an instant fan of Camilla Läckberg from last year even before I interviewed her when I read all three books in the series in quick succession but I’ve had to wait a whole year for the next one! I’m reading this one very very soon!

So there we have the first Arrivals Spotlight post. Any of the four caught your eye? What has arrived in your door this week?

FYI – two of these were bought and I had three as review copies which means one of them I’ve got two copies of :D

2 Thoughts on “Arrivals Spotlight | 10 April 2011

  1. I only have the Dandy one, which fell through my letter box the other day and will be interested to read. I am intrigued by Lackberg as I have heard good things about her. I am also keen to give The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, sounds particularily good that one!

  2. GavReads on 16 April, 2011 at 8:32 pm said:

    The Girl is really exciting as I’ve not heard of her and I find out that I’m missing a whole world of stuff!

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