Category Archives: Fiction

Book Review—Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

In these two stories we find an unnamed narrator and the character The Rat from A Wild Sheep Chase, two twenty-somethings contemplating their place in the world, how they got there, and whether to seek change. Continue reading

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Book Review—The North Water by Ian McGuire

What I loved about The North Water, but which I must caution potential readers against, is the sheer vulgarity of the language and images that McGuire includes in his story. Continue reading

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Book Review—What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

I devoured Helen Oyeyemi’s “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours” and was devastated to read the last word. Each story is unique and just as enchanting as the last. Continue reading

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Book Review—The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

Yann Martel’s newest book, The High Mountains of Portugal, is a three-part journey that explores grief and Christian devotion with a twist. Continue reading

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Book Review—Slade House by David Mitchell

Hidden down the twists and turns of Slade Alley is a small iron door. Behind the door is a house, where no house should be, and within that house is a pair of siblings that have been waiting for you. David Mitchell’s Slade House is a dark story with surprises at every turn. Continue reading

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Book Review—Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim

North Korea is a dark spot on a nighttime map. It is Big Brother incarnate, the squatting enemy in its fortress, and by and large, a total mystery. The constant flow of news has become monotonous and unreliable. In truth, we … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Strange Library by Haruki Kurakami

Murakami’s newest book “The Strange Library” has been called many things: odd, indulgent, incomprehensible, unfinished. But though it may indeed be all of those things, that doesn’t mean that it’s “bad.” I’ve read a few incomprehensible books before. The one … Continue reading

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Book Review—30 Days by XYZ

I aplogize for neglecting to post last month; my class and teaching schedules exploded at the same time. But I do have something for you today: a collection of sciencey poems! “30 Days” by XYZ (a biologist from England) is … Continue reading

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Book Review—Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Post-apocalyptic themes have been trending within the fiction world for quite awhile. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a bit of the end-of-the-world, but remember when Arthur C. Clarke wrote about “electronic papers” in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” (1968) … Continue reading

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Book Review—All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr’s “All The Light We Cannot See” is another 2014 book that has made my best-of-all-time list.  This novel follows the lives of two children amidst World War Two: the first, a blind French girl running and hiding from the … Continue reading

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