Category: Book Review

20 Books of Summer 2018: Wrap Up

And just like that…the summer is over. 🙁 This has been a busy year and I’ve tried not to neglect my blog. Eventually, I’ll stumble over a posting schedule that works. In the meantime, reviewing took a backseat to reading, but I’m still not…

Review: While I Was Gone

20 Books of Summer 2018: Book 6 This is the first book I’ve read by Sue Miller and I was impressed by her writing style and vibrant voice. Even the slower passages and asides are engaging. That said, there’s slow bit in the middle…

Review: The Drowned World

20 Books of Summer: Book 5 J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise and Concrete Island are both creepily brilliant, but The Drowned World doesn’t meet their high bar. The writing is spectacular, but the characters are too flat for my taste. They’re buried under so much allegory that they lack…

Review: Those Who Walk Away

20 Books of Summer 2018: Book 4 After I read The Talented Mr. Ripley, I went to my favorite used bookshop in search of more books by Patricia Highsmith. They had two: The Two Faces of January and Those Who Walk Away. It was hard to…

Review: The Eternal Wonder

Reasons Not To Read This Book: 1) published under questionable circumstances, and 2) it’s not very good.

Review: Fingersmith

20 Books of Summer 2018: Book 2 Finally—I can say good things about a book by Sarah Waters! She’s the best writer whose books I don’t love (see The Paying Guests, see also: The Little Stranger). In Fingersmith, Sue Trinder is brought to the estate…

Review: Pachinko

20 Books of Summer 2018: Book 1

Pachinko doesn’t live up to its reputation as a sweeping epic due to pacing problems, but it’s still insightful and moving.

20 Books of Summer 2018: Sign Up

It’s time for the 20 Books of Summer 2018 reading challenge! 😀

Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring

Chevalier’s classic is technically “good,” but it’s flat. Griet’s character might be better explored by Vermeer’s famous painting than by this book.

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Why wasn’t this a short story? I usually enjoy Gaiman’s light, magical tone. Here, though, it feels phoned in and shallow.

Review: The Shining

a.k.a. I would like to officially retract every bad or unflattering thing I have ever said about Stephen King’s writing.

Review: Artemis

Artemis is such an awful second act that it has me second-guessing the fun time I had with The Martian. Yikes!