Mystery Fiction

Before The Fall

Before the Fall

Is he a showrunner or an author? Or an author/novelist who’s a showrunner? The man behind such excellently twisted shows as Fargo and Legion breaks…

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…

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…

House of Leaves

House of Leaves

Trying to describe this book in words is like attempting to explain my pure hatred for George Bush in plain English–it’s twisting, complicated and ever-growing….

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…

The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

I took the wimpy way out. I could have tried to read Gravity’s Rainbow again. It would be my third time. The furthest I ever…

Carter Beats the Devil

Carter Beats the Devil

Infinitely readable and completely entertaining, Carter Beats the Devil is¬†Kavalier & Clay with a good editor. This is actually the third book in a row…

The Book of Illusions

The Book of Illusions

I’ve read a few books by Auster, and honestly can’t say whether or not I liked them. His stories tend to leave you cold. His…

Atmospheric Disturbances

Atmospheric Disturbances

If you’re a true nerd like me, you download the Slate book club podcast. If you’re even a bigger nerd, you download the podcast without…