Book Review: ‘Borne’

Bizarre Fiction that’s Frighteningly Real – Jeff Vandermeer’s Borne “We all just want to be people, and none of us know what that really means.” – Borne I’ve read many a dystopian novel and consider the genre a favorite, something I can always and easily turn to for a good read. Though these books often…

Impractical Love: Book Review of ‘Practical Magic’

A book about magic, set in a small New England town with a late ‘90s/early 2000s vibe seemed like the perfect easy read for me. And Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman certainly had a promising start. Unfortunately the book squanders most of its potential on cliches about love, or else devolves into an abundance of…

Book Review: ‘Fates and Furies’

Lauren Groff’s 2015 novel ‘Fates and Furies’ promises a nuanced examination of marriage art, but ultimately becomes weighed down by superfluous use of metaphors and lyrical descriptions.

Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Stumbling upon Shirley Jackson’s 1962 classic We Have Always Lived in the Castle last fall I was quickly enthralled by the opening lines. The bleak setting and the disturbingly imaginative mind of protagonist Merricat had me hooked. I found myself sharing her resentment of the cruel townspeople and then equally piqued by the unsettling mystery of the…

Book Review: Tony and Susan

I had never heard of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan until I saw the trailer for the Tom Ford film, Nocturnal Animals. Thoroughly intrigued by the preview, I soon discovered that Tom Ford’s most recent foray into cinema was inspired by the aforementioned novel. As I retain an irrational sense that I must…

The Loudness in Silence

Jesse Ball’s novel ‘Silence Once Begun” presents an interesting investigation of the lies and truths that are hidden in our silences.

The Heart Goes Last…Or First in My Case

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood’s most recent foray into dystopian literature, a familiar genre for Ms. Atwood, The Heart Goes Last is an examination not only of the bleak prospects of economic collapse, but of the desperation with which humans will conform to arbitrary social norms for comfort. By the same…

Life or Death? I’ll Choose Death

On Reading Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined In a bout of nostalgia, and prompted by sheer boredom, I recently found myself re-reading Twilight. Well, that’s not exactly correct. After reading online that Stephenie Meyer had released a special tenth-anniversary edition of her debut novel, I decided “why the hell not.” This new edition comes with…

Book Review: number9dream by David Mitchell

After reading Cloud Atlas two years ago, David Mitchell immediately became one of my favorite writers. His natural ease for crafting a richly layered narrative was, and still is mesmerizing to me. I had wanted to read number9dream immediately following Cloud Atlas, particularly because of the experimental narrative style, but unfortunately, two years of college essays and unending reading…