Every Friday Scot Lit Fest shares what they’ve been reading in the past week.
Death is a Welcome Guest – Louise Welsh (John Murray)
The second in Louise Welsh’s Plague Times trilogy sees a new character introduced in Magnus who finds himself arrested in London when The Sweats wipes out the majority of the country. Upon escaping with an unlikely ally he figures that going north is the best bet for survival, similar to Stevie in the first book A Lovely Way to Burn. But it’s not a smooth ride on the way up north…
Welsh brings a fresh approach to a popular genre in disaster, dystopian drama. You won’t see zombies or cataclysmic events here. Instead you’ll see the worst of humanity when it tries to hang on for dear life. Though you may miss Stevie from the first book, Magnus more than makes up for her absence in a terrifying journey across the country. It’s no surprise that this book was nominated for Bloody Scotland’s Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year in 2015 and we can’t wait to discover the Plague Times conclusion where, without giving too much away, worlds will most certainly be colliding.
Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows – Tom DeLonge, A. J. Hartley (To The Stars / Simon & Schuster)
Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge has made no secret of his plans to create a multimedia empire of sorts, nor has he hid his opinions on the topics of UFOs. Alongside A.J. Hartley, he has written a 700+ page epic that’s just part one of his latest project, looking into the topic with such precision and a fine blend of fiction and non-fiction that even the blurb dares to joke that it is a work of “…fiction?”
Well researched, spanning generations and starting in war-torn Europe in the 1940s, it’s a story that has so many narratives to jump between, so much to unravel, that it’s one of the fastest 700 pages you’ll get through. Whether you’ll reconsider the technology and possibilities around you, and those from other worlds, is debatable, but for a while you’ll get swept along with the ride at the very least.
So, what have you all been reading this week?