Category Archives: Contemporary

Mr. Mercedes

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that Teresa and I are not just Stephen King fans, we’re mild-to-moderate King evangelists. He’s a genuinely good writer, and he writes a variety of things that … Continue reading

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Doll Bones

I’ve been seeing reviews of Holly Black’s books here and there on blogs I like (Jeanne likes her, for instance), and I’m fairly sure that it was Ana’s review of Doll Bones that finally tipped me over the pick-it-up-at-the-library edge. … Continue reading

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On Giving Up on Night Film After Only 50 Pages

I know better than to give in to literary hype, but I also know better than to dismiss hyped books. If it sounds like my kind of thing, I’ll give it a try, and Night Film by Marisha Pessl sounded … Continue reading

Posted in Abandoned, Contemporary, Fiction, Mysteries | 20 Comments

The Silent Wife

Teresa and I read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl at almost exactly this time last year, and we both liked it a lot. I happened to see someone’s very brief review of A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife, saying essentially that she’d … Continue reading

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The Financial Lives of the Poets

Matt Prior is going out for milk at two a.m., and he’s losing everything. He’s a week away from losing his house to a foreclosure. He has no job. (His first great idea was to quit in order to start … Continue reading

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The Danger Game

Oh, Philip Larkin. If you hadn’t said it, how would we all really know it? They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And … Continue reading

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Tenth of December

George Saunders’s stories in Tenth of December are hard for me to write about, because I want to use descriptors like strange and dark and ironic and even sometimes grotesque. But I want that to attract you to the stories, … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary, Fiction, Short Stories/Essays | 7 Comments

Binny for Short

Thanks to the wise recommendations of Other Jenny, I am now completely hooked on Hilary McKay. I started out with her books about the Casson family (highly, highly recommended, and I’m not done with them yet because I don’t really … Continue reading

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So Much Pretty

Wendy White’s body was found in a ditch five months after she disappeared — but no one wants to talk to Stacy Flynn, the reporter, about it. Must have been a drifter, they say. Not someone from Haeden, not someone … Continue reading

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Life of Pi

Given the recent release of the film version of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, you’re probably all familiar with its premise. Young Pi Patel, the son of a zoo owner in Pondicherry, sees no reason he cannot be Christian, Hindu, … Continue reading

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