Tag: Book Review

Review: Uprooted

I told one person I was looking for fantasy recommendations and got a massive reading list. Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series was also recommended, but I won’t review all nine books here. Most books in a series share common strengths/pitfalls so I’ll do a big…

Review: Childhood’s End

Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End was included in a long list of sci-fi recommendations. At 224 pages, its pacing is perfect. The alien ships appear at the end of the first chapter and the aliens, the Overlords, swiftly implement changes for the betterment of humanity. A…

Review: Endurance

Is it too early to say this is probably the best book I’ll post all year?

February + January Recap

Review plan for February 2019 + January Recap.

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.

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…