This is an awkward post for me to write because I barely survived October, the month when Horror movie connoisseurs are pelted with requests for "scary" recommendations. Picking movies for other people is like building a glass house and handing out stones at the house warming party--or at least that has been my experience.
Picking books for other people is almost exactly the same, but with hand grenades instead of stones. My recommendations hardly ever go down well. (Do you suppose that might be due to the way I preface them with comparisons like these? Hmmmmm . . .)
I'm not really sure what the criteria for choosing our books is, and my original idea, from when I was still expecting to be "Miss October", was Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. (Yeah, yeah, I can hear all of you cringing from here, but this novel really is an incredible expression of faith. Undead faith, yes, but faith nonetheless.) Since then, I've mellowed out a bit and have settled on two possible picks for November. I figured that if I gave everyone more of a choice, I wouldn't be hated so much in the end . . .
#1) Po-on by F. Sionil Jose
Since we had so much fun reading poems from New Zealand last July, I thought I'd suggest something from my own part of the world. Po-on is the one Filipino novel I automatically recommend to anyone who is curious about Philippine literature. It is an epic--a Historical spanning ten of the most tumultuous years of the Philippines, which saw the end of Spanish colonisation and the beginning of American rule. The whole nation's history becomes the central character's personal history.
The above is a rather dry description, so I'll just point you ladies to my non-review of Po-on and my character sketch of Istak Salvador on my blog.
#2) The Other Shepards by Adele Griffin
Just in case everyone would prefer some lighter--or at least shorter--reading, here is a Young Adult recommendation. YA and MG are the genres which take up most of my shelves, so trust me when I say that one doesn't have to be part of that demographic to enjoy them.
A few years before the two Shepard sisters were born, their three older siblings died together in a huge car accident. Although they never knew them, they are haunted by their memory every day, living in the same house the three grew up in and even going to the same school. And it turns out that their lost sister and brother are the toughest act in the world to follow, especially in their own parents' eyes. I mean, how do you compete with seemingly perfect ghosts who have taken the best of your parents' love with them?
There is an element of fantasy here--which I guess is something to be aware of if you prefer your fiction as realistic as possible. And if you don't mind another shameless plug, I wrote about The Other Shepards very recently, too.
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