Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s book recommendations
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is not bound by gender. She wrote about crime, fantasy, magical realism, horror (last year New York Times Bestseller Mexican gothic) and black, including The velvet was the night (Del Rey), released this week. Her seventh novel is due out next year, Dr Moreau’s Daughter, is science fiction.
As a child, Moreno-Garcia, born in Mexico and based in Vancouver, was fascinated by books with jackets depicting women fleeing castles. She’s not just an acclaimed author, but a science fiction and fantasy columnist (Washington post), an editor (Innsmouthfree Press) and editor of numerous anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She walks in the shadows inspired by HP Lovecraft, the subject of her Masters thesis in Science and Technology Studies at the University of British Columbia, where she works in the field of communications.
She joked that stubbornness had driven her to write as dyslexic, made a Hot Victorian Scientist of the Week (think Nicolas Tesla) while doing his master’s degree, plots his books on Post-Its or napkins and creates Pinterest boards and playlists for them, is in the LibraryReads Hall of Fame, and will serve as executive producer for the Hulu TV adaptation of Mexican gothic.
Likes: old movies, old things, music from the 60s-70s (the daughter of journalists who worked in a radio station grew up in the middle of a large collection of vinyl records, look at clothes in museums. Interests: mycology, sects, academic articles on obscure subjects.
The book that:
… I read all at once, it was so good:
When I was a teenager, I walked through an omnibus from The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny for a weekend. He also wrote a very entertaining novel called A night in lonely October, which I’m surprised there hasn’t been a new edition.
… I swear that I will finish one day:
A few years ago I read two very cute and funny detective novels by Kellye Garrett, Hollywood homicide and Hollywood end. I was waiting for the release of the third in the series, but its publisher has gone out of business. Hope someone else picks up the show.
… I recommend again and again:
Bear by Marian Engel is an award-winning Canadian novel that unfortunately at one point in the 1970s featured a book cover that made it look like a bodice ripper. It’s actually a very good novel about femininity, loneliness and nature. And yes, there is a bear. No, it’s hardly sexy unless you think depression and depression The bell was sexy. It’s a beautiful and sad little book that I wish more people would consider without sneering at it.
… Is currently sitting on my bedside table:
Examine copies of My heart is a chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones and a copy of yellow woman by Sadeqa Johnson.
… I would pass to my child:
I did not pass it on, but one of my children stole my copy of Stephen King The brilliant. Their verdict: it’s okay.
… I would like to turn into a Netflix show:
I’m surprised no one has adapted Tanith Lee. She had a wonderful set of dark fantasy novels in an alternate Paris called Paradys Secret Books. Also the novels of Héctor Belascoáran Shayne. I know Paco Ignacio Taibo II isn’t as well known in America as he is in Latin America, but this detective story series begs for the TV show treatment (they’ve already been adapted in Mexico as films, albeit with modest budgets).
… made me laugh out loud:
I laughed throughout the section on Conan the Barbarian in No one cries at bingo by Dawn Dumont, which details life growing on the Okanese First Nation reserve.
… I bought for the last time:
i just ordered Bathroom by PJ Vernon. I heard someone say it was like Fatal attraction with a gay protagonist, and I loved watching this movie when I was younger. I also bought a copy of The servant by Robin Maugham, so maybe I’m an unconscious theme.
… has the best title:
Most of the classic detective novels of the pulp golden age have magnificent titles. The postman always rings twice, The bride wore black, A kiss before you die. You can’t get past that.
… has the best opening line:
“No living organism can continue to exist healthily for long under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are believed, by some, to be dreaming. Of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
… has the greatest ending:
Will have by Carlos Fuentes has one of the most surprising and bizarre endings.
… I reread the most:
I have a pocket copy of Age of innocence by Edith Wharton.
… presents the coolest book cover:
For old book covers, the 1972 cover of A clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess is a blast. But for newer books, the orange cover of Queen by Candice Carty-Williams with missing facial details and an elaborate hairstyle is perfect. And all the covers of Grady Hendrix’s books strike just the right note.
… surprised me in a way:
I had not read Moby dick by Herman Melville because I thought it was a boring book. Then I started to read this Moby Dick Twitter account and I liked the quotes he posted so much that I read the book. I’ve been lied to for years, it’s not boring at all!
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