Category Archives: genre-bender

One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of sci-fi fantasy that messes with the rules ★    ★    ★    ★   I’ve chewed on this review for a ridiculous amount of time. After two months, I’m left with a movie analogy: I think … Continue reading

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The Trees by Ali Shaw. Or, The Characters.

  Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of green apocalypses ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 Walden meets the apocalypse. Don’t read this book. You will complain that there is no plot, and it’s true, there isn’t much, not really. It’s … Continue reading

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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston

Read January 2017 Recommended  ★     ★     ★    ★   First there was ‘chick-lit.’ Then there was ‘hick-lit.’ I hereby dub a new sub-genre: dick-lit. No, it’s not about sex, porny-readers. I’m thinking of such books as The Goldfinch, Less Than … Continue reading

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Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen.

Read March 2016 Recommended for bookworms, introverts  ★     ★     ★    ★ Judging by the reviews, many, many readers see themselves in Sarah’s work. I completely understand, because I do too. After seeing a friend’s glowing review … Continue reading

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American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

Finished May 2015 Recommended for fans of mysterious, time-forgotten towns and searches for identity  ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 Lovely language and enjoyable storytelling, but suffers from a mild case of W.o.K.S. (Way of Kings Syndrome).  I happen to … Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Finished April 2015 Recommended for fans of the apocalypse, celebrity-gazing  ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2  “One of the great scientific questions of Galileo’s time was whether the Milky Way was made up of individual stars. Impossible to imagine this … Continue reading

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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Read August 2013 Recommended for fans of absurdist thrillers  ★    ★    ★    ★    I opened Angelmaker with high expectations. I enjoyed The Gone-Away World a great deal, and admired the blend of characterization, humor, and social commentary with a … Continue reading

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Authority by Jeff Vandermeer. Or, lack thereof.

September 2014 Recommended for fans of metaphors, slow-moving puzzles  ★    ★    ★    ★ If Annihilation reminded me of Jeanette Winterson’s writing, then Authority reminded me of Kafka, but not the interesting Kafka, one of the boring ones, which surely … Continue reading

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

September 2014 Recommended for fans of jeanette winterson, environmental exploration, the New Weird  ★    ★    ★    ★    ★  “The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when … Continue reading

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Read July 2014 Recommended for fans of humorous biographies, people with problem dogs, people who love cake ★    ★    ★    ★    ★ Allie Brosh astounds me. Despite her strange little drawings, particularly a self-portrait that looks something like … Continue reading

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