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Books Received - An Update

15th Apr, 2009

Author: Peter Tennant

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One of the perks of this blogging lark is that I get to pimp my own stuff and so if you point your browser in the direction of the last link shown below, you can read my review of The Short Films of David Lynch in the online version of Sein und Werden. It's a perfect demonstration of why Tony Lee does the DVD reviews for Black Static.

Below is a list of books received that should bring us almost completely up to date as far as the Case Notes stash is concerned. As ever, the fact that a book has been received does not guarantee that a review will appear in the magazine itself, but we'll do our best.

One title that particularly intrigues me is the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mash up. I first read of this on a message board on April the 1st, and decided that it was somebody's idea of a leg pull, but then on the following Saturday a review copy dropped through my letter box. I have often felt that many of literature's classics might be improved by the addition of a zombie (e.g. Far From the Madding Crowd of Zombies or Treasure Island of the Living Dead), and the irksomely tedious Austen is definitely a prime candidate for reinvention in this manner.

Zombies are, of course, but the tip of a sizable iceberg. Imagine, for example, Wuthering Heights with the werewolf that Bronte so clearly wanted to include, or Rebecca with Manderley as the great haunted house of horror Du Maurier could only hint at. Reading between the lines of the literary canon, it's abundantly clear that many of the 'greats' wanted to write horror, but sadly they bottled it. We moderns can fill in the gaps.

Readers of this blog are cordially invited to suggest their own mash ups.

And now, without further ado, here are the books:-

July 2009

  • Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Gollancz hardback (ARC)

 June 2009

  • Jason Pinter - The Stolen - MIRA paperback (ARC)
  • Edgar Allan Poe - The Best of Edgar Allan Poe: All of His Macabre Tales Complete and Unabridged - Prion paperback
  • Steve Mosby – Still Bleeding – Orion hardback/tpb (ARC)

 May 2009

  • Max Frei – The Stranger - Gollancz hardback/tpb (ARC)
  • George Zebrowski – Empties – Golden Gryphon hardback

 April 2009

  • Jim Butcher - Turn Coat - Orbit hardback
  • Conrad Williams – One – Virgin paperback
  • Yasutaka Tsutsui – Paprika – Alma Books paperback
  • Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Quirk paperback
  • Alexander Zelenyj – Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. – Eibonvale paperback


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