This week I’m reading for my Paint It Black square and my Read by Candle Light or Flashlight squares.
For Paint It Black, I’ve found a novel which is the first book in an Urban Fantasy series and which has a black cover, the word black in the title and was written by a black author.
For Read By Candle Light Or Flashlight, I’ve picked a Kindle book because it brings it’s own illumination. My eyes aren’t up to reading a paperback by candlelight any more. I’ve picked a newly published mystery set in a near-future Yorkshire.
One of the squares has been called and the other is just because I feel like reading the book.
‘The Black Parade’ by Kyoko M (2013)
I have high hopes of The Black Parade. It has some classic Urban Fantasy elements – scheming demons trying to drag people to their hell dimension, restless souls unable to cross over and a heroine who talks to the dead. The twist is that the heroine doesn’t want to be a heroine. She’s operating under duress. Her main goal is not to be a heroine any more as soon as possible.
I’m hoping for some memorable characters, some new magic, a dash of humour and a new series to add to my TBR pile.
‘Airedale’ by Dylan Byford (2021)
Two things sold me on Airedale, the blurring of the lines between genres and the setting.
With its near-future dystopian setting, Airedale might normally be classified as Science Fiction. Yet it’s also an investigation into a murder and a cover-up and there are some strong elements of horror. So it’s either going to be a mess or a rewarding mélange of all my favourite flavours.
I like the idea of the story being sat in Yorkshire. I used to know the county well, way back in the last century and I’m intrigued to see the near.future version of it that Dylan Byford has conjured.