Magical Realism

Everything Matters

Everything Matters!

Reading in the world of media over-saturation has become a challenge. I have just too many options, what with on-demand music and podcasts and the ability to download...
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 nation) I would forg...
The Brief Wondrous Life of Wondrous Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Wondrous Wao

So chalk this up as another book that absolutely everyone loved that I thought was an overrated steaming pile of nothingness. Part of this may be my own doing i...
Chronic City

Chronic City

I very rarely get super-excited after reading blurbs. Even the word "blurb" sounds like a baby slipping under the water, or a cat burping. They're generally not...
Kafka On the Shore

Kafka On the Shore

Fantastic realism I think they call it. Or mystic concretism. Maybe trippy groundedness? However you classify Murakami, this book certainly pushes the boundarie...
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 Helprin's style of blur...
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 seller's biographical data tha...
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 world...
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

I'm pretty sure this is the first novel I've read translated from Italian. Apparently American and British authors haven't cornered the market on post-modern st...
The Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude

To call this book vaguely racist would be a stretch, but it does seem that our author writes about being a white kid growing up in 1970s and 80s Brooklyn in an ...
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 as good as it was...
Big Fish

Big Fish

In a stunning turn of events, Mr. Hipster actually enjoyed a book! Was it great literature? No. Is it going to impress the real critics and make all those wacky...