Two or three years ago, while we were on vacation in The Berkshires, we spent a day at the Norman Rockwell museum. It was great. We learned a ton about Rockwell and his life and walked around the gorgeous property where he painted. As an added bonus, there was a special exhibit on display, featuring all (or at least a lot) of Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod paintings. This was particularly eye-opening, as I really didn’t know much about Hopper other than that he painted Nighthawks. So, when I saw badkittyuno’s review of this collection of stories based on some of Hopper’s works, […]
Her love for him is not something that can be changed— it’s physics, not emotion: It’s the exact weight of radium. It is vast and it is exact. It is tender and finite and inexhaustible. Her love for him is a fact. Her love for him is a brutal fact about the world. In my ongoing tradition this year of reading lesser known books from my favorite authors, I read Charles Yu’s short story collection Third Class Superhero. I urge everyone to drop everything and read How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which broke my heart […]
Before I read it, it felt like I’d been waiting for Norse Mythology my entire life. In the sense that I wanted it so badly the minute that I heard that it was coming. So, oops. It’s fine, but it’s not, like, life-alteringly amazingly incredible. I could have waited another minute before reading it. Taken a breath. Read something else. Taken this to the beach. Which isn’t to say it’s not a delight, it’s just that it doesn’t take a thing and change everything you’ve known about it while remaining true to the thing you knew, and make it all […]
Faithful followers of my must-read, brilliantly executed, and always punctual reviews will know that I only recently discovered Roxane Gay last year, with Bad Feminist. And you will know that based on reading only that collection of essays, I will follow her to the ends of the earth, shout her name from the rooftops, aspire to be as articulate, hilarious, and honest as she, and never be dissuaded from my undying love for her. Difficult Women is haunting and beautiful. I was nervous. My expectations were unreasonably high, and yet I also had no idea what to expect, because I’ve never […]
This book was a bit of an unexpected surprise. Also, it’s been over a month since I’ve finished it, so I apologize if I get a little hazy on the details. This is a fiction book, with short 1-2 page stories detailing theories of what the afterlive could be. Some could be possible, most are just supposed to be entertaining. Although the author keeps mentioning God, it is not ever religious in any way shape or form – he is just naming whoever wouls have theoretically placed us in the world: a computer, microbes, aliens, dumber forms of life than […]
“I just don’t get it,” was my response to reading my first Haruki Murakami, his six-story collection, After the Quake (2002), set in the aftermath of the Kobe Earthquake of 1995. Prior to reading this book–the result of a work-related book club–all I was aware of was that his novel 1Q84 (2013) was quite the sensation and is still on many’s “To Read” pile. As such, my expectations for this author were high. I quickly began to readjust my expectations, however, after reading the first story, “UFO in Kushiro” which left me feeling incomplete and confused. Read the full review.
This is a good retelling of some of the basic elements of Norse mythology, but it felt a little light and incomplete to me. I was hoping for a fuller presentation of the whole saga, which granted would make this book twice or thrice as long as it is. For example, there is very little about the lady goddesses, some of whom do have their own stories. There’s a note in the introduction about how many Norse stories have been lost, which is true of a lot of stories including Loki’s origins, but more is preserved than is presented here. […]
Best for: Those who enjoyed Arrival; people who aren’t totally sure that they are into science fiction but want to see. In a nutshell: Eight short stories connected only by the fact that they are science fiction. Line that sticks with me: “What he insists on is that they not love God under a misapprehension, that if they wish to love God, they be prepared to do so no matter what His intentions. God is not just, God is not kind, God is not merciful, and understanding that is essential to true devotion.” (pg 234) Why I chose it: I […]