Tag Archives: memorable

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexico, 1950s. Noemí travels out to check up on her newly-married cousin after some strange letters arrived from her at home. She’s “welcomed” into a decrepit old house by a family who believes they are superior to the “local” population … Continue reading

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Little Eyes, by Samanta Schweblin

Translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell Take Furbis, cross them with Alexas, and make them live-streaming to a single audience, then you have what’s known in this book as a kentuki: a robot “pet” that one person chooses to “keep” … Continue reading

Posted in 2020, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Callback: Return of the Native

Back in 2010, I read Return of the Native for the first time. A few comments about that. First, it was my first read of Hardy since Tess of the D’Urbervilles in 2006. I’d been scared to read more by … Continue reading

Posted in 2019, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

City of Broken Magic, by Mirah Bolender (audio)

Once long ago, a weapon was created to use against magic. Inevitably, it backfired, and infestations of hungry monsters spread across kingdoms, popping up anywhere they could take root. Only Sweepers are qualified to destroy these infestations, and the job … Continue reading

Posted in 2019, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Stillhouse Lake, by Rachel Caine

Imagine that you discover that your husband of almost a decade is a serial killer. Imagine finding yourself accused of being an accomplice. Imagine that once you’re acquitted, no one believes that you’re innocent, and the internet trolls at large … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (audio)

Eleanor Oliphant is a peculiar woman. She has little to no social skills, she speaks so precisely that it borders on absurd, and she is completely detached from emotion. Around her thirtieth birthday, life begins to change. She and a … Continue reading

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Consider the Fork, by Bee Wilson (audio)

Subtitled: A History of How We Cook and Eat I’ve read a lot of food history over the years, and some cooking history as well. While this book deals with both food and cooking, it is instead a history of … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson (audio)

Since this book is third in a ten-book series and is over 1200 pages long, a synopsis would pretty much be the size of a full review. I’ll just skip it, and if you’re interested in one, GoodReads has a tidy … Continue reading

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Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta

Eve Fletcher is a divorced single mom whose only son has just gone off to his freshman year of college. As she struggles with empty nest syndrome, she finds herself addicted to internet smut, while simultaneously taking a class in … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

A Face Like Glass, by Frances Hardinge

The underground city of Caverna is known for two things: first for the magical delicacies they create (wines that erase specific memories, perfume that convinces you to trust the wearer, etc), and second for their doll-like faces. Babies born in … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Prose, Young Adult | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments