Before I get started, I just wanted to say thank you for everyone who got in touch following yesterday's post where I shared one of my poems entitled Constellations. Your support helps an awful lot!
November was an incredibly thrifty month for me where book buying was concerned as I only ended up picking up two new reads - and only one of which did I buy myself! Unfortunately, any spare cash I have this month will be going towards gifts so it'll be much of the same. Here's hoping I get some books for Christmas. I have a strange feeling that I will!
holy cow by david duchovny*
Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer's family gathered around a bright Box God - and what the Box God reveals about something called an 'industrial meat farm' shakes Elsie's understanding of her world to its core. The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who's recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can't fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport...
I weirdly remembered that I was part of a website where reviewers could request books quickly and easily from publishers so I thought I'd log in for the first time in a long time to see what was on offer. Much to my delight, David Duchovny's debut novel was up for grabs. I love me some Duchovny. I really do. I've already read this and you can find my review of it in my latest mini book reviews post.
the grownup by gillian flynn
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetuating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behaviour, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection; however, when the 'physic' visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realises she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore.
I have absolutely loved everything that Flynn has ever published so I knew I had to get my hands on this short story as soon as it was published. I have, again, already read this so keep an eye on my review of it this month. Put it this way, I cannot wait to see what she publishes next...