Thursday 18 April 2019

The A-Z Blog Challenge, Letter P

Letter P of My Favourite Books by title
Two authors - One genre
Horror, but two very different styles first, Perfume, by German author, Partick Suskind. Here's the blurb:

I had no expectation of this book when I read it and I was amazed at it's literary style along with the detail of the main character's ability to smell. It's described in such a way that you can all but smell what the character can smell. It made me really think about my sense of smell. And this is then combined with what is really a horror story as it is indeed the story of a murderer, who kills for a particular scent so he can gain power. Despite it being an incredible concept - to gain power using a particular scent - it is written in a way that makes it perfectly plausible.

It's the type of story and book that lingers. You don't have to be a horror reader to enjoy this book as it doesn't really fit into the horror genre in that way. It is far more of a literary book. Worth a read.

*** second, The Plant, by Stephen King. Here's the blurb:

The Plant is an unfinished serial novel published in 2000 as an e-book by American author Stephen King.

The novel is about an editor in a paperback publishing house who gets a manuscript from what appears to be a crackpot. The manuscript is about magic, but it also contains photographs that seem very real. The editor writes the author a rejection slip, but because of the photographs, he also notifies the police where the author lives. This enrages the author, who sends a mysterious plant to the editor's office.

The story is told in epistolary format, consisting entirely of letters, memos and correspondence.

Yes, we are back to Stephen King. Sorry, couldn't stay away for long.

The Plant was King's debut or trail run with ebooks. He gave this one away for free in a serial format. Sadly though has, as yet, to finish the story. I really hope he does as it really is worth it. I really want to know what happens with the planet that is taking over the office!

Here's a Stephen King tidbit - or anecdote:

When his children were small and he took them to the cinema, they wanted to sit down the front every time, which he didn't like, so he told that that the reason they couldn't sit down the front was because they would fall into the movie and not be able to get out again. He supported the possibility of this by pointing out the people in the background of movies and saying "See all those people? You don't think they pay all those people, do you? Those are people that sat down the front and fell into the movie and can never get out again!" 😄

Despite him spinning this scary story, he's never developed it into a book! 

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