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's Review No: 22

and now, another Penumbra review

I’m probably the tenth person to review Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore this year on the CBR, but without all those previous reviews I probably wouldn’t have heard about this novel since it’s a bit out of my typical genre. I’m a bit more “chick lit” and “historic fiction” with some YA fiction thrown in the … [Read More »]

's Review No: 22

Mostly Good Guide to New Orleans

First off, I fully recognize that this review would probably be best saved for AFTER I visit the city for which I purchased it. However, that trip is over five months away, so I don’t know if I’d really remember much at that point. If anything in the book has led me wildly astray, however, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 9

On monsters, ghosts, and personal demons…

There is a haunted house and ghosts, but this isn’t a ghost story. There is a lake monster, but this isn’t a horror story. And there is an illicit affair, but this isn’t a love story. The Monsters of Templeton is Lauren’s Groff’s freshman novel, a story about cause and effect. It is about actions … [Read More »]

's Review No: 11

The cat ran away.

I feel unsure what to say of this book. Toru Okada’s cat runs away and then he meets a bunch of people. That’s it. We cook spaghetti and we listen to his phone calls and lots and lots of people tell stories to him that we are subjected to listen to, never … [Read More »]

's Review No: 5

Or, “My Personal Opinions on Death and Friendship”


I was raised as a conservative Christian. My boyfriend has been an atheist his entire life. There are other reasons that our childhoods seem totally alien to each other, mostly because he grew up having outdoor adventures in Alaska and I grew up watching movies in New Mexico. He is the person you want … [Read More »]

's Review No: 21

A Retelling of Great Gatsby That Works

I first learned about Ms. Benincasa in 2008, when her Sarah Palin videos were making the rounds online. I can’t recall what happened to bring her to my attention a couple of years later, but I started listening to her “Sex and Other Human Activities” podcast (R.I.P.). Thankfully that led me to “Radio Dispatch” and … [Read More »]

's Review No: 34



A fitting end, even if I’m not happy about it. At all. Except for I’m happy with most of it except for that one part that was AWFUL AND HORRIBLE AND I HATE IT. And the rest of it was great, but I’m bitter.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a little too emotional … [Read More »]

's Review No: 22

Being Human: A Literary Perspective

Two weekends ago, I heard that Kazuo Ishiguro was coming out with his FIRST novel in ten years. Unfortunately, I have to wait almost another year until it’s released, and Amazon doesn’t have a pre-order option yet. So…I decided to revisit a favorite in the meantime (and sometime this next month, I’ll also be going … [Read More »]

's Review No: 9

I’ve been around the world and I-I-I…

The Geography of You and Me

The latest book by Jennifer E. Smith is much like the last book I read by her, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. If you enjoyed that one (I did) then you’ll probably enjoy this, too. Travel, chance meetings, lost-loves; this book is a romantic teenagers’ wet dream.

The action starts on a … [

's Review No: 12

Fractured Fairy Tales: The Robber Bridegroom


This short novel is a delightful mix of fairy tale and tall tale, with a healthy sprinkling of both humor and the macabre in it. The cast of characters includes a doting father, a wicked stepmother, a lovely daughter, a dashing but deceitful suitor, Mike Fink, a band of thieves and a hick named … [Read More »]