Hello Friends hope you are well and Welcome to another Recommendation Thursday Post hope you get to add more books into your ever-growing TBR
This weeks topic are books inspired by the unusual or the author’s ability to shutter the traditional forms of plot and make it hers/his own and lately I have been drawn to more speculative, unique fiction and I would love to welcome you to the weird side.
“Where’s your will to be weird?”
― Jim Morrison
( All book reviews will be linked)
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Genre: Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Sci-fi etc.
6 storylines spanning from the 1980s to 2040s and each reads like a novella on its own but are linked by our main character Holly Sykes. After running away from home at the age of 16, experiencing her first heartbreak and betrayal she makes a certain decision & meets certain peculiar characters that will affect her in the coming future. As the years pass we see snapshots of her life through other peoples Point of view from an ambitious university student who will do anything to solidify his future, A journalist whose life purpose is to cover war-torn countries and a magical world that has been at war for years and they are sort of individual pieces of a puzzle, as you meet each individual they come together to form a complete picture and in classic Mitchell he slays it with class. As an added bonus he places easter eggs throughout the book from his previous works a special treat for those die-hard fans 🙂
It’s been awhile since I talked about a David Mitchell book so lets correct that, This like his other book Cloud Atlas (Book Review Here) is a non-conforming literary masterpiece following 6 different plotlines that work cohesively together in a weird way. Each section of the book can be read like a short story but Mitchell makes it into a full epic tale. He is a master at switching genres and creating memorable narratives/characters.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods
Genre: Historical Fiction, Classics, Horror, Mystery
18th Century France, Grenouille is a man who has no human scent or body odour but is gifted with a very sharp sense of smell. He has the gift of recognizing and creating smells that would appeal to other people. He works as an apprentice perfumer and journeyed to explore all available human scents in Paris. He wanted to have a scent of his own. A scent that would give him the body odour that every person has that he did not have. It was his desire to be one of them that he makes concoctions of various perfumes to find a human scent that would make him smell like everyone else.
I dare say if the blurb hasn’t intrigued you, you must be lying… Seriously A Guy who Litellary is born with Super Smell. The reader is introduced to one of the most unique character perspectives EVER. The descriptions of scent from the pungent to the beautiful, I felt like I was experiencing it. This is one Modern Classic that should be on your radar.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Genre: Speculative fiction, Historical Fiction
The main plot unfolds against the backdrop of the early 1900s, following Ursula Todd’s life or in this case “lives” (she technically dies and is reborn again), through a series of choices we see how different versions of her life would have turned out. From being married to an abusive spouse, dying young on a beach, having children and so on. The author uses this device to elaborate the power of choices and how it affects major aspects of our lives.
The whole idea of reincarnation is explored in this well-written WW2 books. In the process of reliving her life over and over Ursala learns from her mistakes and we see how certain decision affect her outcomes. Also a family saga the concept is unique and the characters are complex.
Under the Skin by Michel Faber
Genre: Sci-fi, Horror, Fantasy
In this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear.
This is by far one of those books that kept me on the edge of my seat, I constantly scratched my head trying to piece together the puzzle. Why was this small woman picking up Muscular Hitchhikers alone on the highway? Unnerving, Weird and totally immersive.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Time Travel
The story follows Harry August who was born in 1895 and his mother passes away as soon as she gives birth to him. We follow his life as he goes on through the ups and downs that is life until his death. He is ‘reincarnated’ or time starts all over again for him but weirdly he has all the memories and remembers everything, literally every detail from his previous life.
Without the Incest) meets Time traveller’s wife ( without the romance) with the thrill of Shutter Island
I mean its a guy who LITERALLY dies and comes back to himself with all his memories. Seriously If that doesn’t grab your attention then this isn’t the book for you. Unlike Life After Life, the main character is aware of his reincarnation and in this, it turns into a spy time-travel thriller with lots of twist and turns 👌
Those are 5 amazing books with unique plot lines, have you read any of them or what are some of your favourite weird books?
Thank You for reading
So until next time stay Bookish 😉