Last CBR, I read Pat Barker’s excellent Regeneration and loved it. I wanted to see how her second book in the trilogy, The Eye in the Door, stacked up. As it turns out, even better than the first one.
After Dr. Rivers has spent time working with poet Siegfried Sassoon, The Eye in the Door … [Read More »]
Dirk Gently returns, only this time he’s not dealing with aliens and the possible end of the world. No, this time it’s the record industry. Sort of.
Dirk’s hired by a guy to save his life from a giant with a scythe. Unfortunately, Dirk oversleeps his first day on the job, and his client’s head … [Read More »]
Did you know that today (March 11th) is (was) Douglas Adams’ birthday? He would have been 62 today. I wonder what sort of books he’d be writing. Adams is (was) mostly known for the Hitchhiker’s trilogy (yeah, I know), but the Dirk Gently books (I’m assuming there would have been more had he … [Read More »]
Nothing about this is the way I thought it was going to be. I really, really liked it.
I think the main reason I’m always so surprised when I enjoy Stephen King novels is that the very first book of his I ever read was Cell, which I didn’t like, and which I now know … [Read More »]
In a similar vein as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I was on the fence about John Irving, though swayed a bit more in his favor. The World According to Garp is one of my favorite books of all time, but I have tried to read Ciderhouse Rules three or four times and just couldn’t get in … [Read More »]
I have read several books from the Who Was series. I recently re-read Who Was… Louis Armstrong because I had to do a Black History Month project and I remembered reading it and loving it.
Who Was… Louis Armstrong by Yona Zeldis McDonough tells the story of Louis Armstrong’s life and how he didn’t get … [Read More »]
I got The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable in the library and at first I was, like, “this looks kinda cool,” so I decided to read it. I actually sat down and read it in the library.
This is a story about a man who starts an organization of genius kids whose job it is to … [Read More »]
There’s something about watching a fantasy series really hit its stride. No matter how good an initial entry in a series is, there’s always a fair bit of expositional license-plate-making that has to be taken care of, thus there’s always room for growth, for the author to take everything cool about the series and … [Read More »]
[Sound the Second Novel Alarm! Spoilers for The Magicians ahead. I mean it this time.]
The Magicians was an exercise in literary frustration for me. I loved it. It was wonderful. Its adherence to explaining away its every mystery absolutely infuriated me. Reading it a second time allowed me to be well aware that the … [Read More »]
Occasionally timing is simply not on our side. Shortly after posting my review for Paul Chapman’s Porn Gnomes and Other Strange Tales, the author had a twenty four hour giveaway of his three collections, free to anyone who might have liked to download them from Amazon. Though I would have liked to have … [Read More »]