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 nation) I would forg...
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 nefarious activity, but...
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 too deta...
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. First ...
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 the book market with the ...
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 some ...
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 that looked impressive while I read them...
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. I'm not sure what the sales stra...
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 what to expect, h...
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 stuff (Ghostwritten...
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 ki...
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 of his more accessible works lik...
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 books and turns it into a boo...
The Circle

The Circle

I realize now that I really don't like these types of book. Call them near-term sci-fi or societal dystopic fantasy or a pretentious author commenting on a geo-...
2666

2666

An epic, 900-page novel made up of five books and loosely centered around hundreds of murders of young women in Mexico sounds like just the kind of light readin...
The Namesake

The Namesake

As is typical of Indian novels, this is a tale of family and all the fucked up things that happen to them. And of course there's a train accident where lots of ...