Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls. Time-travelling serial killer Harper Curtis discovers (in Chicago in the 1930s) a House which can take him across time, enabling him to seek out & murder the shining girls that he has, in one version of the house, already killed. However, Kirby Mazrachi survives his murder attempt and, older and scarred, tries to track him down with the help of Dan, the obligatory cynical older journalist and love interest (sort of. The relationship between him and Kirby seems to be largely established via his point of view).
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Rather a lot of m/m, the best of which has probably been Lisa Henry’s and J.A. Rock’s The Good Boy, in which Landon Moredock is a rich kid whose parents embezzle vast amounts of money and flee the country, leaving him behind to make a very bad deal with a “friend” of the family, and his subsequent meeting with Derek, a photographer who lost money to the Moredocks and is financially struggling, while looking for his ideal partner, who will probably like being ordered around and (possibly) being beaten up. Everybody has friends and family and is part of a community, Lane (Landon) is naïve but believable – I really like how Derek tells him to get a job at Taco Hub (a hopefully imaginary bottom-end fastfood chain where everything is in tacos), and Lane, desperate for money, does, and is actually good at it – and the relationship develops is not quite what either expected, and involves a lot of them both learning to trust each other. Also, there are rescue dogs.
What I’m reading now:
Ginn Hale’s The Rifter. I started this a while back (thanks to Orannia!) but got confused when my ereader put all the parts in alphabetical order, rather than narrative. rachelmanija has been reading it, and I started it again, and am now just at the end of book 7 and DEALING WITH A MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER, ARRGGH. It is an excellent secondary world/portal fantasy, with great world-building, a very nifty structure that involves spoilers, a lot of interesting characters, and some very, very nice plotting. I’m enjoying it hugely.
What I expect to read next:
Books 8 through 10 of The Rifter. Um. Also, I picked up a Joe Hill when thinking about horror, plus am about two hundred pages through David Wong’s John Dies At The End, so either of those.