Category Archives: Fiction

The Moon and Sixpence

This 1919 novel by W. Somerset Maugham is ostensibly a biography in which an unnamed narrator attempts to shed light on the life of the mysterious artist Charles Strickland (a character based on Paul Gauguin). Although he’s stretching the truth when he says, “I … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Comics

If anyone had told me five years ago that an animated Nickelodeon show would become one of my favorite TV shows ever, I’d have had a hard time believing it. I don’t consider myself too grown-up for animation or anything … Continue reading

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The Raven King

It was a long wait, but Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series concluded this week with the release of The Raven King. In the past few weeks, I reread all three of the preceding books. (This included listening to The Raven Boys on audio, … Continue reading

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My Name Is Lucy Barton

Lucy Barton is a writer who lives in New York, a place she could barely even dream of as a poor child in rural Illinois. Her new life cemented the distance that was always there between her and her family. But … Continue reading

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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

I’m on record as liking my short stories weird. Authors can get away with things in short stories that would be unbearable if they tried to sustain it for hundreds of pages. So I was excited that Helen Oyeyemi’s new … Continue reading

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The Murder of Mary Russell

How’s that for a title to make long-time fans of a series nervous? The fourteenth book in Laurie R. King’s Russell/Holmes series begins with Russell facing down an unexpected visitor in her and Holmes’s Sussex home. The intruder appears to be … Continue reading

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Fates and Furies

I didn’t expect much from this book. I wasn’t a fan of Groff’s first book, The Monsters of Templeton, and there was nothing much in this book’s premise—rich white New Yorkers with marriage problems—that appealed to me enough to make me set aside … Continue reading

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Broken Harbor

This is the fourth of Tana French’s loosely-linked mysteries that I’ve read, and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed each of them more than the last. Broken Harbor is no exception. In it, French explores love, mental illness, the … Continue reading

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Dark Places

The Days were a clan that mighta lived long But Ben Day’s head got screwed on wrong That boy craved dark Satan’s power So he killed his family in one nasty hour Little Michelle he strangled in the night Then … Continue reading

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The L-Shaped Room

Jane Graham is 27 years old, unmarried, and pregnant. Her father, shocked at the news, has turned her out, and although she has a job that pays reasonably well, she knows she needs to save every penny she can, so … Continue reading

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