Welcome to November. Did you have a good Halloween? We went to Chipotle and Dunkin. Then we went home and watched Corpse Bride. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better Halloween.
But it’s time to get into my November 2022 tbr.
Gage Chandler is descended from kings. That’s what his mother always told him when he was a child. Years later, he is a true crime writer, with one grisly success–and a movie adaptation–to his name, along with a series of subsequent less notable efforts. But now he is being offered the chance for the big break: to move into the house where a pair of briefly notorious murders occurred, apparently the work of disaffected teens during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. Chandler finds himself in Milpitas, California, a small town whose name rings a bell–his closest childhood friend lived there, once upon a time. He begins his research into the murders with diligence and enthusiasm, but soon the story leads him into a puzzle he never expected–back into his own work and what it means, back to the very core of what he does and who he is.
Devil House was a total cover buy. I don’t know anything about it, or the author, but it sounded interesting. I hope it’s as good as it sounds.
A young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, driven by vanity and thirst for knowledge, manages to give life to a creature whom he assembled from dead material. The creature turns out very ugly, and Victor abandons him in horror. Rejected by his creator and hated by mankind in general, the Monster devotes himself to destruction and revenge.
Frankenstein is technically a reread for me. I read it in high school for a class and I don’t think I took the time to properly appreciate it. I think I even skipped a few sections. So, I’m excited to read it again as an adult.
Words of Radiance
Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status darkeyes. Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.
The Assassin, Szeth, is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.
Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.
It’s time to jump back on the Brandon Sanderson train. I was in a reading slump at the beginning of the year, so I didn’t want to push myself to read Words of Radiance. But I think it’s time to give it a try. I really enjoyed The Way of Kings, so I have high hopes for this one.
So that’s my November 2022 TBR. What are you reading this month?