City of Masks
This is the first of three books in the series. Following Lucien as he struggles in a battle against cancer that has rendered him so exhausted he cannot even get up out of bed. He manages to discover a portal into another world. Very similar to the city of Venice, but with noticeable differences, he finds he has no illness and becomes an apprentice to a very highly regarded Scientist (/magician) whilst being friends with a rebel girl of his own age. This book takes some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting so I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
I picked this up recently and devoured it within a day. Sprout is a chicken living in a chicken farm barn. All she wants is to hatch one of her eggs like the cockerel and hen that live in the yard, but alas the farmers wife always takes her eggs away. She begins to feel like if she can't ever hatch one of her eggs, she'd rather not lay at all so she stops eating and produces a shell-less egg which the farmer interprets as her last egg. She ends up in a pile of dead chickens (lovely), but isn't as dead as she wishes she was. This is the story of her life once she gets away from the barn. It's simply written and very emotive. I'll admit I cried at the end.
The Man With Dancing Eyes
An adult picture book, this follows the life of a privileged young girl called Pierre who falls in love at a party. After a short honeymoon period, things go downhill and she escapes to New York. Will she ever find love again? (really lovely, if surreal)
This is an epic little read, following a gang of apes called The Humans. Actual humans are more like animals and the apes use them to 'dog fight' and as slaves - they call them Skins for the lack of fur. I borrowed this from a lad at work, but I'm very tempted to get the next volume and read on.