TBR: February 2021

I have a bit of history with this book. You may not find it so interesting, so feel free to skip ahead. When I was around thirteen I picked up a paperback copy of the Godfather from ASDA as my ‘Holiday read’. At its heart it is the story of an Italian immigrant coming to America and working his way up to being the Don, or the boss of a mafia. I fell head over heels in love with this book. I would take it everywhere with me, and it was one of the first books that I started taking to school just in case I had a spare ten minutes here and there. Understandable my copy was pretty… let’s just say it was well-loved. I the course of the last eleven years, maybe even longer, I lost this copy and to this day have no idea where it went. Why am I telling out this long, rambling story? Because I finally got a new copy. And not just that I went big and bought the Folio Society edition which is stunning, and way more expensive that I should have considered. This month I am going to read it, or at least start it because it’s quite long, and I could not be happier.

Murder on the Rockport Limited by the McElorys, and Carey Pietsch

The second book in The Adventure Zone, a podcast where three brothers and their father play Dungeons and Dragons, is Murder on the Rockport Limited. I only started listening to the podcast last year, but I am having a whale of a time. Murder on the Rockport Limited has been my favourite story so far for the simple reason that it incorporates on of my favourite genres, the murder mystery. Playing with the grand tradition of murder on a train, (Murder on the Orient Express, The Mystery of the Blue Train, Murder on the Flying Scotsman, etc..) we follow Magnus, Takko, and Merle as they investigate the murder of one of their fellow reclaimers. Don’t be put off by the Dungeons and Dragon’s connotations, you don’t need to be an expert, you don’t even need to have played a game to enjoy the adventures of this characters either in this adaptations or in the original podcast.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

This was sent to my by the lovely @KDBooks, which is exciting because it is the February book for his Book Club. I always relish an opportunity read more Russian fiction, which holds an unexplainable fascination for me. This is also incredibly short at only 150 pages, which makes it a great book for the shortest month of the year. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature this offers a bleak look at one day in the life of a man at a soviet labour camp in the 1950s. It doesn’t seem like it will be an overly-fun read but as the first book to openly address Stalinist repression, I am sure that it is an important piece of Russian life that I am excited to explore.

Coming Soon… The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires Review

In the meantime, why not check out… January Wrap-Up, 2020: A Year in Books, or try Comic Corner: Three Jokers #1

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