New Books & Novel Discoveries (March 2022)

March was another low-key month for book buying, though I’m once again wracking my brain thinking I’ve forgotten something. Oh well, with my slowed-down reading pace I’m not sure it’s a bad thing that I’ve got less books coming in. I’d say I’m surprised the month is already done, but it has felt weirdly eventful and strange for me, so I guess I’m happy to just be moving forward.

Enough vague rambling, on to the books!

New Books

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Devil House by John Darnielle is a book I learned about right at the end of last month. I actually meant to pick it up in February, but I didn’t manage to make the time. I actually still want to read Wolf in White Van first, but I was too captivated by the cover of this book not to pick it up now, the story involving a true crime author writing his next book at the very location the murder he is writing about took place.

Canadian History for Dummies by Will Ferguson is a book I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while now, basically since I first read Ferguson’s book of satirical essays Why I Hate Canadians. In it, he talked about how little the Canadian education system actually teaches about historical events and figures in Canada, which struck a chord because I immediately realized he’s right. So, despite my general lack of interest in the “For Dummies” series, Ferguson authoring this book had me sold.

Spiritfarer The Artbook

My only digital purchase in March was Spiritfarer, The Artbook by Thunder Lotus Games. Though I bristled at some of the gameplay loop of this game after a while, there is no denying how much the emotional aspects of this game resonated with me, so I decided to buy the artbook so I could read some more of the background on the game’s development characters. It’s funny, because I also ended up buying a physical edition of the game too, which included a code for this very book, which made for a nice double redundancy. Oh well, I’m happy with it all anyway.

Novel Discoveries

Two out of three of these books were definitely picked because of their covers. Can you guess which ones?

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare is one that definitely caught my interest because of its cover and title. I love how much it looks like a throwback to old horror covers. It seems like that’s a growing trend (I’m probably late to noticing that). What’s it about? Cover tells you everything you need to know. Is it good? Maybe, maybe not, but I want to check it out anyway.

Blindness by José Saramago is a novel I learned about on TikTok, but I don’t remember what is was that especially stuck out to me, only that it involve people stricken by a plague that makes them blind, with these victims being sequestered to an old mental asylum. It’s certainly well regarded and sounds interesting, so I’ll keep it in mind for future reading.

Stolen Tongues by Felix Blackwell is yet another horror novel that stuck out to me for superficial reasons. It seems to be a classic sort of setup, with a couple on a romantic retreat at a cabin in the mountains, when they are beset upon by supernatural forces. On the book side of TikTok where I learned about this I believe it was spoken of well, so I’m excited to check it out.

Closing Thoughts

I couldn’t be happier to see the sun hanging around until 7:00 pm now. Sure, we were struck by another bout of cold weather and snow, despite it officially being spring now, but I’m hoping that was winter’s last kiss before it head out the door. I hope everybody is doing well and enjoying nicer weather as much as possible.

Until next time, thank you for reading!

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