Alternative History

Alternative History plots usually pivot on inflection points in history and present outcomes other than those in the historical record

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…

The Plot Against America

The Plot Against America

I can’t believe that Philip Roth plays to Middle America. I mean the guy couldn’t be more Jewish if he shat dreidels and dressed head…

The Man In the High Castle

The Man In the High Castle

For some reason I always think of Philip K. Dick as less than when it comes to writing. Like less than in a non-literary way….

The Intuitionist

The Intuitionist

I’ve heard this type of fiction called “fantastic realism” in recent years. Although I’m not sure that really fits in this case. Maybe, as in…

Flicker

Flicker

This was one of those books that sounded endlessly entertaining in its description, but started to pale when reading user comments. Despite some less than…

11/22/63

11/22/63

It’s been, I don’t know, about 400 years since I last read a Stephen King book. Granted, there was a large chunk of my adolescence…