Wishlist Wednesday: Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Harbor John Ajvide LindqvistHarbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Details: Hardcover, 500 pages
Published: October 11th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books

Synopsis: From the author of the international and New York Times bestseller Let the Right One In (Let Me In) comes this stunning and terrifying book which begins when a man’s six-year-old daughter vanishes. One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears — either into thin air or under thin ice — leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realises that people are not telling him all they know; even his own mother, it seems, is keeping secrets. What is happening in Domaro, and what power does the sea have over the town’s inhabitants?

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Wishlist Wednesday: Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Little Star John Ajvide LindqvistLittle Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Details: Hardcover, 533 pages
Published: October 2nd 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books

Synopsis: A man finds a baby in the woods, left for dead. He brings the baby home, and he and his wife raise the girl in their basement. When a shocking and catastrophic incident occurs, the couple’s son Jerry whisks the girl away to Stockholm to start a new life. There, he enters her in a nationwide singing competition. Another young girl who’s never fit in sees the performance on TV, and a spark is struck that will ignite the most terrifying duo in modern fiction.

Wishlist Wednesday: The Merciful Women by Federico Andahazi

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Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

The Merciful Women Federico AndahaziThe Merciful Women by Federico Andahazi

Details: Paperback, 192 pages
Published: May 15th 2002 by Grove Press

Synopsis: The second novel from the best-selling Argentine author of The Anatomist, The Merciful Women is a brilliant retelling of the birth of the Gothic novel. In the summer of 1816, Percy and Mary Shelley, Mary’s sister, and Lord Byron hid themselves away in a Swiss villa, whiling away rainy afternoons with the Gothic novel contest that would produce Frankenstein. Andahazi’s reimagining focuses on the fifth competitor: John Polidori, Byron’s manservant, a talentless hack resentful of the ease of his master’s life. Through a Faustian pact with an unseen intercessant, Polidori obtains the most compelling vampire story ever written. But “The Vampyre” has striking similarities to Polidori’s benefactor and to what she asks of him in return. Opium, erotica, and decadence meld into a sly and stylish novel about literary ambition, talent, and inspiration. “A hoot … a Voltaire-like skewering of the myth of genius. Andahazi can remind you of vintage Terry Southern.” — Richard Wallace, The Seattle Times “Playful, satiric, erotic, sometimes savage, sometimes slapstick … something completely different, and well worth reading. — San Francisco Chronicle “As a piece of mock-scholarly, wickedly ironic entertainment, it is an utter delight.” — Publishers Weekly “This literary tour de force cum vampire tale will leave the reader gasping-from laughter and horror by turns.” — The Baltimore Sun