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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: 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: 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! 😀

Reading Ireland Month 2018: Sign Up!

I’ve been on a break from blogging while working on other projects. With writing, I need to focus on one thing at a time or I end up drinking 3x my usual amount of coffee and not sleeping. Stepping away too long makes it…

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.

Sunday Short: The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

This is a more of a novella (12,000 words) than a short story, but E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” made me want to read more short fiction this year, so here we are. The timing of this story is the most interesting thing about…

Happy 2018!

THIS is the year I will blog reg—nope, not making that commitment again. Each year, I’ve been a slightly more active blogger than the year before so my aim is just to keep this modest improvement going. That said, I do have a few…

Reading Bingo: 2017

I was pondering the best way to do a 2017 wrap-up post when I saw this awesome bingo card over on Cleopatra Loves Books. She says anyone can join in, so here’s my list and I hope to see many other lists pop up…

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…