Books

This much ignorance about literature can only lead to hurt feelings and a whole lot of nonsense.

The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger’s Wife

No matter how many times I reminded myself that The Tiger’s Wife didn’t take place in India, (and is actually situated in an unnamed Balkan…

Tapping the Source

Tapping the Source

So I’d read that Tapping the Source was, in fact, the source material for the movie, Point Break. I mean, sure, there’s surfing and some…

The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things is not only a mouthful, but is also almost impossible to describe without either sounding way too simplistic or entirely…

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

I may have gone one too deep in the David Wong (aka Jason Pargin) canon. Granted, including Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, his canon numbers three….

A Doubter's Almanac

A Doubter’s Almanac

This feels like a book that in 2001 would have been as popular as The Corrections. But given what feels like both an oversaturation of…

Station Eleven

Station Eleven

Station Eleven is another novel in the long pantheon of post-apocalyptic novels. Granted this one is written in a much brighter and multi-colored way than…

Three Days in April

Three Days in April

I’m a bit of a non-purest when it comes to my reading habits of late. I feel like I used to only choose difficult books…

This Book Does Not Exist

This Book Does Not Exist

Let’s start off with the fact I downloaded this book for free. I didn’t steal it, mind you. I downloaded it from Amazon for $0….

Cutter and Bone

Cutter and Bone

I decided, after reading one too many post-modern literary books, that I’d try a new genre. That being California crime fiction. I had no idea…

The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

I’ve been a fan of David Mitchell over the years. I loved his mystical sci-fi stuff (Cloud Atlas) and his kind of spiritual, magical realism…

Then We Came to the End

Then We Came to the End

So we all remember reading Bright Lights, Big City and its mind-bending use of the second-person narrative structure. You felt immersed in a very drugged-out…

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

I thought I was making a smart decision trying to read this book. After all, I’d given up on the more esoteric Pynchon in favor…

The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

I don’t belong to a book club. Shocking, I know. But I do listen to a bunch of podcasts, among them one that occasionally suggests…

1Q84

1Q84

Full disclosure: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is one of my favorite books of all time, so all Murakami books are judged against it. This book,…

Zeroville

Zeroville

I studied film in college, yet the bulk of my knowledge about film is focused around bad cable movies from the 80s. Why is that?…

You Shall Know Our Velocity

You Shall Know Our Velocity

Is it wrong of me to like this book? It seems that just about everyone out there thinks Eggers is a blowhard and a complete…

The Yiddish Policeman's Union

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

There has never been a doubt that Michael Chabon is a good storyteller. Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay are both well-told…

Yellow Dog

Yellow Dog

I’ve pissed off more than one person recommending Martin Amis books. They’re not for everyone–and at times they honestly aren’t for me. Yellow Dog is…

The World to Come

The World to Come

For some reason I had this minor freak-out when starting to read this book that I had somehow missed the fine print in the online…

Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale

I’m all for blurring genre edges when it comes to novels. Some of my favorite authors are blurrers. After reading this, I gotta say that…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m usually a little hesitant to read translated books. What if the author meant “that” and the translator went with “which?” It just can’t be…

A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

It’s clear that this is the same man who wrote The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The pervasive themes of isolation, loneliness and disenfranchisement in a weird…