Category: Book Review

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Oh, about that ending…

Review: Elantris

I’ve taken flak over the years for not seeking out (or particularly enjoying) fantasy. I read piles of it in high school and quit after reading Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. That series neatly encapsulates what frustrates me with this genre: A chosen…

Review: Washington Black

Washington Black was short-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. From its nomination to the glowing praise around the Internet, most people liked this book more than I did. Though the first half of the book is well-written, the plot’s over-reliance on coincidence strains…

Review: Cherry

I read Nico Walker’s Cherry in my quest to read a greater range of voices. I heard about it via Ron Charles’ review in the Washington Post (found here). Though Cherry‘s title page classifies the book as fiction, the life of its unnamed narrator closely follows the trajectory…

Review: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Mary Roach’s Stiff offers unique and comforting insight into death’s aftereffects. She examines cadavers and related research via interviews, bizarre trivia, and humor.