Sunday, February 15, 2009

Books I Read In January

A few days back Runa tagged me. The rules are that I need to mention the top five books I read in January with a short review along with a word of recommendation for each and/or any one of them for her to read. So here it goes.

The Call of Cthulhu and The Dunwich Horror

I am writing about these 2 books at the same place as both of them belong to a similar category and was written by the master of horror, H. P. Lovecraft.

Being a horror fiction fan, I am always in search of stories/novels that would make my bones chill. As most of you would know by now that I am a fan of Stephen King. But at the same time, I must say that I am quite awed by Lovecraftian horror. Although there are no comparisons between them.

In the first book, The Call of Cthulhu, this very same Lovecraftian horror has taken a new dimension altogether. It's one of his best known short stories, written in the Summer of '26 and later published in Weired Tales, February '28. This story is 3 stories linked together. It begins thus, "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents".

The second story, The Dunwich Horror, is another short story published in Weired Tales, and a core story of the Cthulhu Mythos. It takes place in Dunwich, a fictional town in Massachusetts.

I would recommend both these stories if only one likes horror fiction, or would like to spend some sleepless nights. You would find both of these books here :

The Judgement

The 3rd story that I enjoyed reading in the month of Janury was The Judgement by Franz Kafka. No, this is not written in the usual Kafkaesque tone, but this story would make you think. It tells the tale of Georg Bendemann, his father and his fictitious (?) friend.

This story has a more complex view to it then it might seem on the first read. I would not recommend this masterpiece as it makes one think a lot. You would find The Judgement here:

The Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes

This is one of the best collection that I have ever read, for obvious reasons. With his brilliant deducting capabilities and Bohemian nature, Sherlock Holmes has enchated us over and over again. This was the book that had inspired me to write about the comparison between Sherlock Holmes and Hercules Poirot.

It's a must read. Find your own copy of Sherlock Holmes here:

Over 50 Stories of Hercules Poirot

One of the most egomaniacle, pompous a** that I have ever seen, Hercules Poirot is not only a direct liftup from the great Sherlock Holmes, he is also quite predictable. So I would NOT recommend this. You can find the pompous a** here:

Out of these 5 books, I think the best was The Call of Cthulhu and The Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes.

Now, I tag Philo.

3 Comment:

wasted said...

Hey thanks...the post is interesting as I would otherwise never heard of the books you mentioned. I am not really fond of horror fiction, so not sure about that. However, I have both the collection of Sherlock Homes and have read just one of it...I think would read the second. I am so happy that I have it at home sitting smugly in my bookshelf. Also, would love to read The Judgement...I like Kafka, though I have managed to read just a few.

wasted said...

I am not sure whether the earlier comment made through this damn system...

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Wasted : The comments are moderated on my blog, so it would not appear until I publish them.

Kafka, as I said, would make you think. He would make you ponder. Then you would have an urge to go out and get some fresh air, just so that you can think more. That's Kafkaesque.

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