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 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.