Reviews

The Dry

The Dry

The bad thing about Jane Harper’s The Dry is I figured out pretty quickly “whodunit.” The good thing about The Dry is that the writing is so good and the characters are so interesting that I didn’t care about spoiling it myself, I still read it through to the very…
Don’t You Bother

Don’t You Bother

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica should have had the distinction of being the first book I quit in 2017, and yet somehow I finished it, though I’m not entirely sure why. I guess, maybe, I wanted to see if I was right about this wooden mystery populated by unbelievable-as-humans…
History of Wolves

History of Wolves

There’s something extra cozy about curling into your flannel-sheathed bed in the dead of a Minnesota winter with a book set in the northwoods of Minnesota, in a small town with lakes a few churches and not much else. So this is the world fourteen-year-old Linda live in. Madeline, at…
Murder at Trivia Night

Murder at Trivia Night

The other night I was watching the SAG Awards and caught a commercial for an HBO Limited Series based on Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and I went all Buddy the Elf in my head. “I know that book! I read it!” I had no idea the book was being…
Faller

Faller

Faller by Will McIntosh is a very strange sci-fi novel. It begins fabulously, with our hero waking up not knowing where he is, his name, how to read, what the name for common things is, and what has happened. He’s completely disoriented, but so is everyone else around him. They’re…
Paper Girls Vol. 2

Paper Girls Vol. 2

Previously I wrote about my love for Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, a fabulous comic set in the late 80s following four paper delivery girls, Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ. Volume two picks up right where volume one left off, with the girls (and me) being confused as to…
An After-School Special Wrapped in a Mystery

An After-School Special Wrapped in a Mystery

Over the holidays I read Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls a gritty mystery that made me think, for the first time, “oof, this needs to come with a trigger warning.” Even so, I enjoyed the mystery that kept me guessing and only got a little draggy in the middle. I’m still…
A ‘Wealth’ of material

A ‘Wealth’ of material

I forgot I was reading Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth the same way I sometimes forget how I got from Point A to this table in this restaurant eating this burger on my lunch break. The novel is such a sink-in-and-read that it feels like a total zone-out. And then, all of a…
Catch the Wave

Catch the Wave

When Black Wave opens, everything is changing. Writer Michelle Tea’s anti-hero, also named Michelle, is in the midst of a neighborhood’s skin-peeling to reveal a whole something new. The stale-beer stink dive bar that catered to middle-class lesbians has gone straight and now aims for a martini crowd. The place where…
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

I loved Illuminae, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff’s young adult sci-fi novel about a group of people escaping an attack on their planet and trying to make their way to a safe spot, the Jump Station Heimdall. In Gemina, the second book in the Illuminae series, we follow new characters…
Imagine Me Gone

Imagine Me Gone

To call Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett “uneven” isn’t fair. That isn’t quite the right word, although, since I can’t think of a better one, it may be the best. That Haslett can create five characters – father, mother, two sons, and a daughter – and give each a…
2016 finale

2016 finale

Unearthed: A bunch of book review blurbs from things read in the latter half of 2016. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus There is so much to love about this book by Chris Kraus. It’s wacky, it’s uncomfortable, it’s the kind of book I like to read best and, execution-wise, the…