So I decided it was time for another book-blogging post about my recent reading (Because, of course, you are all totally fascinated by my reading habits
The Wrong Reflection by Gillian Bradshaw
He wakes up in hospital with no idea of who he is, just a certainty that he is not Paul Anderson, and that he is afraid.
The truth about who he is, and how others react to him is the basis of a thoughtful and intrigueing science fiction thriller. The characters are well drawn and believable, and the book sets out some all too plausible scenarios.
It is difficult to go into further details without spoilers, but this is well worth a try. Ms Bradshhaw has also written at leastr two other Science Fiction novels - 'Dangerous Notes' and 'The Somers Treatment', both of which are well worth reading, but she is better known for her hsitorical fiction.
The Floating Brothel by Sian Rees
The Floating Brothel is what you might call easy-reading - it is non-fiction, dealing with the 'Lady Julian', the first ship sent to carry female convicts to the then newly formed penal colony in New South Wales, in 1789.
The book gives some background, based on contemporary records and the memoirs of one of the ships crew of the womens lives, crimes, trials and eventual fates.
For me, my enjoyment of the book was marred by the author's habit of fictionalising those parts of the women's experience which is unrecorded. She is open about this being speculation, and I assume that it is intended to flesh out the bare bones of the story and make it more accessible, but I found it somewhat irritating!
Despite this, an interesting book about an interesting period in history.
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Unlike your typical fictional vampire, Nina and her fellow 'reformed vampires' are weak, vulnerbable and comitted to not biting anyone. They survive on a diet of Guinea Pigs and attend weekly meetings presided over by a local catholic priest.
When they find themselves faced with a vampire slayer, they have to try to track him down, in order to protect themselves, falling in with a werewolf as they go. Lightweight, fluffy fun, with an interesting twist on some of the normal vampire tropes. (And not a sparkle in sight, thankfully!)