Review: Eternal Life [4★]

Dara Horn’s Eternal Life is a strange tale, rich with mystery and full of questions. In her novel, Horn tells the story of a Jewish girl, Rachel, who forfeited her death in order to save her baby boy. She has lived that sacrifice for two thousand years. Eternal Life begins in the modern day, but […]

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Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora [4★]

I never tire of fantasy fiction–of the multitudes of worlds that authors can imagine, of the systems of magic that they can conceive, and of the quests and adventures that never wear thin. Scott Lynch’s best selling novel The Lies of Locke Lamora is a delightful new foray into that vast and generous world of […]

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Review: The Song of Achilles [4★]

A ravishing, unconventional narrative, Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles reimagines Homer’s Greek and Trojan war. Instead of a tale of glorious war from the perspective of ruthless and powerful warriors, Miller’s story is a romance, told by the gentlest of the Greek soldiers.  Miller’s saga of love and war is narrated by Patroclus, an exiled […]

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Review: The Mistborn series [5★]

In Brandon Sanderson’s dystopian fantasy world, a cruel tyrant called The Lord Ruler controls the Final Empire–a world with a blazing red sun, sickly brown plants, ash falling endlessly from the sky, and ominous mists that haunt the nights.  In this world, composed of wealthy noblemen and wretched skaa slaves–a skaa street urchin named Vin […]

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Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey [3★]

For the first (and possibly the last) time ever, I have discovered a book that is worse than the movie it inspired. Richard C. Morais’ novel The Hundred-Foot Journey is a picturesque ode to classical French cooking, but it lacks the heartwarming, hopeful excellence of Lasse Halstrӧm’s cinematic version.   Hassan Haji, born in India to […]

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Review: Olive Kitteridge [1★]

Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Olive Kitteridge, tells the story of a strange and difficult woman from a quiet, cloistered community in Maine. The novel toggles back and forth from Olive’s own life to the lives of those around her–all the way from her husband to one of Olive’s former students whose memory of […]

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Review: The O. Henry Prize Stories of 2018 [3★]

The twenty stories bound together in The O. Henry Prize Stories for 2018 are also bound by some common characteristics, although they span a wide variety of settings, themes, and lengths. The stories are similarly peculiar and haunting, leaving indelible imprints on their readers, and often, a melancholy ache in their chests. Short stories as […]

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