Evergreen // Rebecca Rasmussen. Rasmussen’s sophomore novel is a beautiful, multigenerational tale with a lovely sense of place. Emil and Eveline move to the remote Minnesota wilderness with only love and nature to provide what they need. Emil returns to Germany and is detained during the outbreak of the second world war, while Eveline is to stay with her parents and await Emil’s return. In a split second decision, Eveline decides to stay in their cabin. That decision will haunt her and her family for decades. A perfect novel to curl up with on a cold and snowy day.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies // Seth Grahame-Smith. I imagine the publishing house reading this book pitch, getting to the title, and throwing buckets of money at the author. Content need not be of concern. To be fair, the title is amazing and it was released just before the height of the zombie craze, which makes it perfect. The idea is absolutely glorious and though the execution is slightly less so, it’s a good idea nonetheless. Grahame-Smith uses a good portion of the original text, so you will still get quite a bit of Austen’s actual writing and plot. However, about a quarter of the book is pure zombie mayhem. Is it a gimmick? Absolutely, but it’s a fun one. Read at your own risk.
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories // Roald Dahl (editor). Although the title is a bit misleading, I fully accept my own responsibility in requesting this book (as a gift). I initially thought the stories were written by Dahl himself, whereas, in reality, it’s a collection of ghost stories he liked. After an odd introduction pondering the merits of women writers, the collection itself is quite satisfying in an “old English ghost story” kind of way. Edith Wharton and Rosemary Timperley are the highlights.