Category Archives: Fiction

The Book of Form and Emptiness

I loved Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, so I was eager to read her new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness. And after hearing her interview on the Ezra Klein show, I was even more excited about the book. There … Continue reading

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The Kiss Quotient

A lot of my reading friends have been enjoying romance novels lately, but I’ve been hesitant to give the genre much attention, not so much out of snobbery but because I already enjoy too many genres. I don’t need another … Continue reading

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Jane and Prudence

I’ve been trying to enhance my reading experiences by reading more books by authors I already enjoy, instead of continuing to try new authors. (New authors are great and all, but more of a risk. Maybe I need less risk … Continue reading

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When I posted about my appreciation for Liz Moore’s Long Bright River, my friend Care suggested that I try Heft, which she liked much better than The Unseen World, a book that I ultimately found a little disappointing. I became a little … Continue reading

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The Sundial

When a book begins with a funeral with a man who died because his mother pushed him down the stairs, and everyone is totally matter-of-fact about it and not at all interested in consequences or fretful that this woman is … Continue reading

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The Unseen World

After really enjoying Long Bright River by Liz Moore earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to read some of her other books right away. I remembered hearing good things about The Unseen World when it came out, so that’s where I … Continue reading

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Project Hail Mary

How to write about a book in which a great deal of the pleasure is in not knowing what is going to happen next? And where an immense amount of what I loved about the book involves what happens after … Continue reading

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The Space Between Worlds

This novel by Micaiah Johnson is set in a future version of the earth where the technology exists to visit other versions of the earth. But it’s only safe to visit other earths where you parallel counterpart does not exist, … Continue reading

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Castle Shade

It continues to amaze me that Laurie King has managed to continue the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series for so long with such a consistently high quality. Maybe not every book has been spectacular, but there’s not a dud in the … Continue reading

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Queens of Geek

I have no idea how this book by Jen Wilde ended up on my bookshelf. A YA romance? Not my usual fare at all. I think it must have been in some gift box or something. I’m open to trying … Continue reading

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