The mailman brought me a copy of Fireworks by Angela Carter today, a prize from Claire of Paperback Reader as part of her month long celebration of the works of Angela Carter. Just thrilled to have it, to start my Carter journey. Publisher synopsis of this one:
"In the short fiction of Angela Carter, the landmarks of reality disappear and give way to a landscape of riotous and uncensored sensibility. The city of Tokyo turns into a mirrored chamber reflecting the impossible longings of an exiled Englishwoman abandoned by her Japanese lover. An itinerant puppet show becomes a theatre of murderous lust. A walk through the forest ends in a nightmarish encounter with a gun-toting nymph and her hermaphrodite 'aunt'. Not simply a book of tales, Fireworks is a headlong plunge into an alternate universe, the unique creation of one of the most fertile, dark, irreverent, and baroquely beautiful imaginations in contemporary fiction."
Ooo. Just love that. Thank you kind and generous Claire!
And the second nice thing today? The release of The God of the Hive by Laurie King, the next installment in the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes relationship. Bit addicted to these. This will be my weekend read this week. My first book after falling off the April chunkster wagon. Very excited.
What books made you happy this week?