I like to write, and I definitely love to tell stories, but part of being able to tell a good story is being able to recognize a good one when you read it. This month, I’m going to follow a theme throughout my blog: animals.
One of my specialties, and something I hope to focus on in the blog for a while, is the inhuman. Stories about animals are a great place to think about non-humanoids, about non-human psychology, and how to think through a very different lens. That’s why, this month, it’s WILD MAY.
The Classic: Watership Down – Richard Adams
You can’t really say you’re doing a set of reviews on animal books without mentioning Watership Down. I’ve read this book many, many times, and I love it. When I started another book for this month’s set of reviews, I realized that I actually couldn’t review it without relating it to Watership Down. I am going to read it over again, but I can tell you right now that if you’re interested in nonhumans – whether animals, aliens, robots, I don’t care – you NEED to read this book. It’s an absolute classic for a reason. My brother and I had to stop hunting rabbits for a couple months after we first read it and watched the 1978 movie.
The cover shown here is the edition that I own (though mine is, lovingly, in far lesser condition…).
The Lesser Known: Longtails: The Storms of Spring – Jaysen Headley
This guy liked my blog a while back, and I checked out his website (like I normally do for new people). I saw that he had a book coming out, and the description and first chapter reminded me of another classic I almost reviewed this month – Redwall. Longtails seems to have a bit of a science fiction twist, being set after WWIV eliminates humanity, and I think multiple species will play a role. The main character, Del, seems to be a complete nerd. I’m interested to see just how human Headley’s mice are.
This book is super fresh, y’all – it came out April 24th, and when I purchased it on Kindle, it only had one review. Am I going to get in on the ground floor of something cool? That would be awesome! If you want to review the book, you can purchase it here or see more options on his website.
The Popular: The Wildings – Nilanjana Roy
I had considered reading Redwall this month, but I didn’t really want to do TWO classic books. I spent some effort searching for something new, and The Wildings showed up at my local library. I’m super excited to read a book that is set in India and already has so many good reviews. At the same time, I’m not a cat person, and I am slightly worried about the person being a cat furry. While furries are fine in their own right, I would be upset if it’s falsely advertised.
The Leftovers: Something from YOU?
I love beta reading. If you have something you’d like me to beta read, shoot me a line. I’ll almost definitely purchase a copy of your book when it comes out (caveat is if it’s too sketchy a download or payment method), and I’ll definitely put a plug on this wee little blog for you.
Do you have a published book and a method of purchasing it that isn’t sketch as hell? Post a link in the comments! If I think it looks cool, I’ll put it on my list of books to consider reviewing for next month.
One of my primary goals is to support indie authors who are serious about their craft. I hope to hear from you published and self-published writers soon!
Reviews from April Here