Welcome to Triple Choice Tuesday. This is where I ask some of my favourite bloggers, writers and readers to share the names of three books that mean a lot to them. The idea is that it might raise the profile of certain books and introduce you to new titles, new authors and new bloggers.
Today’s guest is Gav from Gav Reads.
Gav lives in Cardiff, Wales, and focuses mainly on genre-based fiction of the science fiction, fantasy and crime variety.
He claims to have an obsession with Twitter, and his more than 48,000 tweets — and 3,000-plus followers — seems to attest to this! (You can follow him @gavreads.)
Gav likes modern technology and splits his reading between his Kindle, iPhone, iPad, paper and listening to audiobooks in the bath (though not exclusively; he listens to them elsewhere too). When he’s not reading he’s trying his hand at digital painting and is “very chuffed” to see his name in the credits of Corel Painter 12.
Without further ado, here’s Gav’s Triple Choice Tuesday selections:
A favourite book: Never the Bride by Paul Magrs
This is one of those books that shouldn’t work. You have the Bride of Frankenstein running a guest house in Whitby going on adventures with her best friend and next-door neighbour, who is also a witch. Following that you have one of the main hotels that has a Christmas theme all year around, which is run by a Mrs Clause who serves some very disturbing pies. But it’s written by someone who is immersed in Hammeresque horrors and balances the nods and winks with the emotional connections between the characters and between characters and readers. One of the strengths of Magrs as a writer is how he deals with consequences. There is no reset button in his stories, but there some great tongue-in-cheek moments. It’s also great to see two old women as the main characters of a book.
A book that changed my world: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
I always wanted to be a reader as a child but could never quite make myself into a reader. It was more an aspiration than a reality. It wasn’t for lack of trying. I tried a lot of books but none of them really clicked. That was until I read The Witches Trilogy (containing Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad and Lords and Ladies). There was something magical (no pun, honest) about the characters of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. And after reading those I delved into the rest of the Discworld, which was another 17 books at that point before catching up and waiting for the hardbacks. If it wasn’t for this book, I’d have given up reading I’m sure, which is really unimaginable. What would I put on the bookcases?
A book that deserves a wider audience: Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
A novel-in-verse and werewolves, a winning combination. No don’t stop reading. I’m serious. Let me explain. The words just flow as if it’s written in a kind of novelist shorthand. The poetic leanings come from the structure and the way story slips into your mind, and as with any engine you don’t need to see how it works, you just need to hear it roar. On top of this engine is a hard-boiled crime novel with an animalistic twist: packs of werewolves’ fight and scheme as a dog-catcher falls for a woman who can’t escape her blood. It has everything you need guns, girls and a mystery to solve. Read it.
Thanks, Gav, for taking part in my Triple Choice Tuesday!
I’ve not read any of these, but I’m particularly intrigued by Sharp Teeth. And not having read any Terry Pratchett before, I’m wondering if I should perhaps try The Witches Trilogy? Or would it start me off on an impossible quest to try and read the 18-trillion books in the Discworld series… Hehehe.
What do you think of Gav’s choices? Have you read any of these books?
7 thoughts on “Triple Choice Tuesday: Gav Reads”
Great choices! I’ve read and enjoyed the first two books (I’m a huge Terry Pratchett fan!) but didn’t know about the third. Will have to check it out:)
I never could get into Terry Pratchet when I was a kid but I’m not a big sci-fi reader. I love the sound of Sharp Teeth though!
Sharp Teeth does sound intriguing, the cover looks good as well.
I’ve never read any of these books as well, but I think I’ll add Never Bride to my TBR.
@Kim I think you’d like Wyrd Sisters as it’s uses Macbeth as a basis for the story and has lots of fun with it! Though the Discworld currently runs to 39 books so a little bit of watching up to do. Luckily they are contain thread with different characters like Death, and The Watch so you can can pick and choose who to follow 😀
@Sakura @novel insights @Tracey it really gets into a rhythm in your brain like short hand prose.
@CarolinaReads – hope you get to read Never the Bride – it’s really fun!
I can back Gav up on the Magrs book (and indeed the whole series) very good stuff. Though I am one behind. I’ve never fancied Pratchett but I like the idea of the witches and a twist on Macbeth. Sharp Teeth sounds really unusual. I’ve just read my first novel-in-verse by Australian poet, sadly no longer with us, Dorothy Parker. It too was crime and indeed quite an experience!
I loved Brenda and Effie – but so far have only read the first book of the series. I dislike Pratchett – can’t quite put my finger on why though.
Sharp Teeth – I loved – Like the Sopranos with werewolves. I liked the prose poem form, it really did flow, and there were some nice rhythms and phrases.