Category Archives: Fiction

Challenger Deep

Fifteen-year-old Caden Bosch is on a journey. He doesn’t know when it started, and he doesn’t know where he’s bound. He’s on an old ship, filled with more young nameless crew mates and led by a one-eyed captain with a one-eyed parrot. … Continue reading

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East of Eden

When Leslie, Christy, and I decided to read East of Eden together, I thought, “No big deal. Steinbeck’s books aren’t that long, and they read quickly. I’ll polish it off in a couple of days.” If you’ve seen this chunkster, you know … Continue reading

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Stephen R. Chinn, writing a memoir from prison in 2040, has lost his freedom, having been convicted of creating artificial life. Gaby White has lost the ability to move and can only speak by conversing with a chatbot through a computer. … Continue reading

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Whenever the due date for my library books draws near, I take a look at the catalog listing to see if anyone has it on hold. If not, I breathe a sigh of relief and put the book on the … Continue reading

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The People in the Trees

Teresa had me read Hanya Yanagihara’s novel The People in the Trees for this year’s book swap. It’s a fascinating, complex novel about one of the most repellent narrators I’ve seen in years, and I was drawn in — as … Continue reading

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My review of this novel by Shirley Jackson could perhaps be summed up thusly: ?????? What even was that? Not much of a post, though, so I guess I’ll say more. Hangsaman (what does that title even mean??) is the story … Continue reading

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Human Croquet

Near the beginning of this novel by Kate Atkinson, we learn the history of Fairfax Manor and the enigmatic Lady Mary Fairfax, who appeared naked one stormy night, became the bride of Sir Francis, and, years later, vanished as suddenly and … Continue reading

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The Coroner’s Lunch

Dr. Siri Paiboun shouldn’t really be a coroner. He’s served most of his life as a doctor for the Laotian people, and now, at the age of 72, he thought he’d be able to take a peaceful, if not ideal, … Continue reading

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The Gap of Time

Although I tend to grumble about any effort to “breathe new life” into classic texts that still have plenty of life in them, I’ve adored many such retellings, from West Side Story to Clueless. So I’ve been both excited and wary about the Hogarth … Continue reading

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The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

I had mixed feelings about Monique Roffey’s novel The White Woman on the Green Bicycle. It spans about fifty years, and tells the political history of Trinidad through the ups and downs of the relationship between a white expatriate couple, … Continue reading

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