Tag: modern fiction

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: 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.

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.

Sunday Short: “The Hotel” by Anne Enright

Previously On: “The Dinosaurs on Other Planets” by Danielle McLaughlin The New Yorker problem, part 2. If “The Hotel” weren’t written by the talented Anne Enright, would it have been published in The New Yorker? Rephrased: If I had written this story about an unnamed…

Sunday Short: The Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin

Previously On: “The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forster Only one story in and I’m already rethinking my strategy for the year… I decided on shorts from The New Yorker to easily find stories by authors I’d like to read more from (Munro, Wolff, Alexie, Smith…)…

Review: Artemis

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

Review: Girl in Snow

If I had not received this book free via NetGalley, I would not have finished it. Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka sounds promising, but the reveal is badly paced with obvious red herrings. Even though the mystery lost my attention, there’s potential in…

Review: The Dinner Party

I requested a collection of short stories by Joshua Ferris from NetGalley months ago (I’m running behind). I was familiar with Ferris from two of his earlier books: The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End. In both cases, the premise was sound but the…

Mini Reviews (Halloween Edition)

A lot of people ask me to recommend creepy books this time of year. I wasn’t able to do this until recently because I didn’t often read scary stuff. As a kid, I ran out of the room if a trailer for a horror…

October TBR

I’ve spent the last two Octobers reading creepy books. The cooler weather makes it feel good to curl up under a blanket and read something scary. There will be a couple non-scary reviews in October too. I’m behind with NetGalley reviews and Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan…

Review: Sleep Donation

Note: A draft went up yesterday instead of the actual review. Many apologies! 20 Books of Summer: Book 9 Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation has all the same problems as Swamplandia! but with a fraction of the page count. Don’t spend your time on this book. Its…

Review: The Bedlam Stacks

Natasha Pulley’s The Bedlam Stacks moves slowly through its introductory material. After reading the first third of the book, I checked Goodreads to see whether I should continue. Enough reviewers called it a “slow burn” that I stuck with it. At times, all the…