Villain av Shuichi Yoshida
A young woman is brutally murdered on a remote mountain road. A young construction worker, Yuichi, is on the run – but is he guilty? This is the dark heart of Japan; a world of seedy sex hotels and decaying seaside towns; a world of loneliness, violence and desperation. As the police close in on Yuichi and his new lover, the stories of the victim, the murderer and their families are uncovered. But these men and women are never what they appear to be…
Now You’re One Of Us av Asa Nonami
Forlag: Vertical Inc.
In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier’s» Rebecca» and Ira Levin’s «Rosemary’s Baby,» here is a new classic about the bride who’s no longer sure what to think. All families have their own rituals, secrets, and credos, like a miniature religious cult; these quirks may elicit the mirth or mild alarm of guests, but the matter is rather more serious if you’re marrying into a household. If its’s a Japanese one with a history, the brace yourself: some surprising truths lurk around the corner.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children av Ransom Riggs
Sjanger: Roman (YA)
Forlag: Quirk Books
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in «Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children», an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, «Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children» will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Enclave av Ann Aguirre
Sjanger: Dystopi (YA)
Forlag: Feiwel & Friends
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
Paprika av Yusataka Tsutsui
Forlag: Alma Books Ltd
When prototype models of a device for entering into patients’ dreams go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, it transpires that someone is using them to manipulate people’s dreams and send them insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba has to journey into the world of fantasy to fight her mysterious opponents.
As she delves ever deeper into the imagination, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred, and nightmares begin to leak into the everyday realm. The scene is set for a final showdown between the dream detective and her enemies, with the subconscious as their battleground, and the future of the waking world at stake.
Widely acknowledged as Tsutsui’s masterpiece, Paprika unites his surreal, quirky imagination with a compelling, haunting narrative.
Salmonella Men on Planet Porno av Yusataka Tsutsui
Forlag: Alma Books Ltd
Defying the commonly held perceptions of time and space, and escaping any easy classifications, Yasutaka Tsutsui’s stories centre on the folly of human desire. Most of his characters suffer awful fates as a result of their own foolishness, which usually takes the form of greed, lust or vanity. With influences as diverse as Darwin, Freud and the Marx Brothers, his writing displays a mixture of pathos, slapstick and psychological insight, shot through with bolts of Kafkaesque inventiveness. Tsutsui’s quirky imagination, and his ability to construct new and striking realities, threaded with a dark-edged, menacing humour, make him a truly unique literary voice, and ensure that Salmonella Men on Planet Porno is hard to put down and impossible to forget.
Ashes, Ashes av Jo Treggiari
Sjanger: Dystopi (YA)
Forlag: Scholastic Press
Epidemics, floods, droughts–for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she’s rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can’t continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
Wither av Lauren DeStefano
Sjanger: Dystopi (YA)
Forlag: Harper Voyager
Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has only four years left to live when she is kidnapped by the Gatherers and forced into a polygamous marriage. Now she has one purpose: to escape, find her twin brother, and go home — before her time runs out forever. What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb — males only live to age twenty-five and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
Blood Red Road av Moira Young
Sjanger: Dystopi (YA)
Forlag: Marion Lloyd Books
Every step of Saba’s journey sizzles with danger… In a lawless land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees theangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets out on an epic quest to rescue him.
The Housekeeper and the Professor av Yoko Ogawa
He is a brilliant maths professor with a peculiar problem – ever since a traumatic head injury seventeen years ago, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is a sensitive but astute young housekeeper who is entrusted to take care of him. Each morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are reintroduced to one another, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms between them. The Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. He devises clever maths riddles – based on her shoe size or her birthday – and the numbers reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her ten-year-old son. With each new equation, the three lost souls forge an affection more mysterious than imaginary numbers, and a bond that runs deeper than memory.
Barneselskapet av Agatha Christie
Kriminalforfatterinnen Ariadne Oliver er på besøk hos en gammel venninne i en småby. Her dumper hun midt opp i en tenåringsfest. En ung pike i selskapet har skrytt av at hun en gang har vært vitne til et mord. Så – under denne tilsynelatende så uskyldige festen – blir hun drept. Kan en morder ha tatt henne alvorlig og fryktet avsløring? Mesterdetektiven Hercule Poirot blir tilkalt.
Den Forsvunne Domprost av Agatha Christie
Miss Marple er på ferie i London og bor på det fornemme og meget veldrevne Bertrams Hotell. Men den perfekte overflaten er kanskje litt for perfekt, og Miss Marple har en merkelig urofølelse – en følelse av at noe er galt. Domprost Pennyfather som også bor på Bertrams kommer tilbake til hotellet etter en fin kveld i byen. Ved midnattstider gir hotellet alltid inntrykk av at alle er gått til sengs. Han stikker nøkkelen i låsen, åpner døren og går inn. Du gode Gud, ser han syner? Men hvem – og hvordan! Miss Marples anelser blir bekreftet, og hun får en ny sak å løse.
Når sant skal sies er det kanskje ikke så rart at dama på postkontoret stusser når jeg en sjelden gang henter pakker som ikke inneholder bøker… Uansett, det går stort sett i japansk litteratur, samt YA-dystopi i disse dager. Agatha Christie plukket jeg opp på ICA, selv om det egentlig er aaaltfor dyrt for gjerrige meg å handle bøker i der, og ellers i Norge. Christie-bøkene kostet 149 kroner stykket, begge i pocketformat og på henholdsvis 140 og 172 sider. Til sammenligning koster for eksempel Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children ca 56 kr per dagens kurs når jeg bestiller fra Amazon UK (evt ca 48 kr fra amerikanske Amazon, men der kommer shipping i tillegg på alle ordre, Amazon UK sender gratis når du handler for over £25) – den er på 352 sider og er illustrert og innbundet. Agatha Christie-bøkene (riktignok på norsk) er rundt 3 ganger dyrere her enn der. Say no more.
Ikke et så veldig givende innlegg fra meg i dag, altså! Det er alltid litt mindre plass for skjønnlitteratur utenom pensum i begynnelsen (og slutten) av semestrene. Det kommer en anmeldelse av Michael Grants Lies om ikke så lenge. I mellomtiden kan jo du kanskje fortelle om bøkene du har kjøpt eller lånt i det siste!