Fiction

Before the Fall

Before the Fall

In the opening of Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall, a private plane crashes, leaving alive just one struggling artist and a small boy, not related to him. At least that’s all we think are alive, because no bodies are found. Where are they and why did the plane crash? It…
Every Exquisite Thing

Every Exquisite Thing

I have a love-hate relationship with Matthew Quick. Loved Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and The Good Luck of Right Now, couldn’t finish Love May Fail and barely made it through Every Exquisite Thing. In Every Exquisite Thing, star athlete and parent pleaser Nanette O’Hare is just going through the motions.…
The Tsar of Love & Techno

The Tsar of Love & Techno

As a reader the best part of an interlinked short story collection is the links. Whenever I stumble upon a connection in my reading I am delighted. There’s lots of clever linking in unexpected ways in Anthony Marra’s collection The Tsar of Love and Techno, and every single one of…
The City of Mirrors

The City of Mirrors

I just don’t know what to say about this one. I liked the first book in the trilogy, The Passage, and I loved the second book, The Twelve, but this third book has left me scratching my head. Justin Cronin does the same thing in The City of Mirrors that…
Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway

In Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway, kids are being reformed at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Eleanor’s students have been to magical worlds, through doors opened only to them, and they’re having a hard time adjusting to being back. Most want to return to their magical worlds and…
The One-in-a-Million Boy

The One-in-a-Million Boy

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood is about an unlikely friendship between a 104-year-old cranky woman, Ona, and an 11-year-old boy scout, even though we don’t really see much of the boy. For weeks the boy was helping Ona with tasks around her house, but one day his father Quinn…
Paper Girls Vol. 1

Paper Girls Vol. 1

Now this is the kind of comic I want to read and I wish I had when I were younger. Brian K. Vaughan, the man behind the wonderful Saga series, has created another winner in Paper Girls. As my friend describes it, “Paper Girls is like “Stand By Me” but…
Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Wow. That wasn’t good. And it definitely isn’t written for women. I was excited to read Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison because I’ve been wanting to get into Wonder Woman and I thought this reboot would be a great place to start. Unfortunately, this isn’t a…
Making the movie sausage

Making the movie sausage

Start reading a story about a high school film fanatic whose senior project involves aping an urban legend involving her favorite filmmaker. And then, upon successful completion, meets the elderly gent, moves into his house, loves him actually into his final days of life. She steals into the garage for…
The All-Consuming Ferrante Fever

The All-Consuming Ferrante Fever

Sigh. Where to begin? Elena Ferrante’s ‘Neapolitan Novels’ were the most engrossing, obsessive, fulfilling reading experience I’ve had in recent memory, maybe since Sweet Valley High Super Edition Perfect Summer came out in 1985. Only the Ferrante Fever was way better because there were almost 1700 pages of exquisiteness spread…