How do we come to read the books we do? I mean what is it that makes us pick that book over all the rest? In the case of the book I just finished, South-African writer Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls, it was a few things. First off, I knew her from her much lauded Zoo-City, though I … Continue reading Book Review | The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
I realize now that I have a book problem. Well, maybe it's not a problem so much as an issue of sorts. But before we get into that, let me tell you about the best books I read this year. I recently selected the The Twelve as my best book of 2012, but for that … Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2012
I am a massive fan of the graphic novel. Comics, not so much. What I mean is that I am more a fan of complex stories in graphic form than superheroes in tight spandex, fighting aliens, robots or robot aliens. My favorites are Watchmen, Neil Gaiman's Sandman series and Strangehaven. Locks and Keys I recently started … Continue reading Comics, Dark and Disturbing
I just finished Ryan Holiday's Trust Me, I'm Lying, and have lost my faith in the news. Sorry... no photos of Kate Middleton here, nude or otherwise. The title is created in the spirit of Trust Me, I'm Lying, which is about the way we are tricked into clicking links to stories with little or … Continue reading LEAKED: PHOTOS OF KATE MIDDLETON NUDE!
I recently finished Adam Christopher's Seven Wonders and unfortunately, I'm not really thrilled.* A great start! The book starts off with a bang, I can't remember the last book that really got me like Seven Wonders. (Ok, I can. It was The Reapers are the Angels). We start in a bank being robbed by a … Continue reading Book Review: Seven Wonders
I just finished it. One of the finest books of the last century. I'm still in a sort of muted shock. The last time I felt this way was when I finished Beloved. It is a book that has something to say and is right to be saying it. The Grapes of Wrath, published way … Continue reading Friday review: The Grapes of Wrath
In the recent weeks I completed three very different but very good books. These are a collection of stories with magic and monsters in them, a rather well-written zombie novel, and a book by my favorite newly-discovered author. Come on in, take a seat and have something to drink by the fire while I tell … Continue reading 3-for-1 Book Review
Dreams of Dust* is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by Jeff Shelton Davies. It contains three stories, all rather long short stories (is that novellas? Novellettes?) The first story, Devil Come-A-Calling, is a dark fantasy that takes place in a wild-west setting. Jeff pulls the setting, tone and atmosphere off very well, … Continue reading Book Review: Dreams of Dust