Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

If you tend toward a survivalist outlook and dream of the day you can build a bunker stocked with MREs, guns, and ammo, do not read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It is in the top five most terrifying books I’ve read and afterwards, though this isn’t the point of the book, I found myself pricing long term food storage. The Road opens after an unknown disaster has burned everything and left the air full of ash. A man is traveling on the road with his son, heading south to where it might still be warm. Though it’s a dark and horrifying read, it’s the most sentimental of McCarthy’s works. The driving force is the man’s love for his son. This is able to parallel and at times surpass the depressing world around them. read more

Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

Herman Koch’s The Dinner is . . . interesting. Before reading, I ran across a review that spoiled the ending and regretted this all the way through. I don’t mind spoilers for movies, but I crave suspense for books. This book relies entirely on suspense and mood; if you decide to read it, don’t go digging around on the Internet. The reviews on Amazon are particularly spoiler-heavy. Grr to that. read more

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

As with The Great Gatsby, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, is a better read post high school. Either that, or I underestimated how much writing a paper can suck the joy from reading. (These reviews don’t count.) No surprise this book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: the writing is clear, clever, and intensely moving. It’s also funny, and easily readable. The humor was something I’d forgotten and why I’m eager to recommend it now. Many Pulitzer winners have a reputation for being dense or stuffy, but this isn’t. read more