Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review—The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron

As an extreme horror junkie, I am always on the lookout for those exceptionally rare horror masterpieces that leave me not merely scared or disgusted, but rather, utterly disturbed, and ill at ease for days after finishing the final page. … Continue reading

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Book Review—Between You & Me by Mary Norris

I am of two opinions of this book. One, it was a perfect book for me to read at this point in my life, being in the throes of applying for copy editing jobs, and two, that it might be … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Edge of the Sky by Roberto Trotta

I have mixed feelings about “The Edge of the Sky” by Roberto Trotta. The book is about astrophysics: planets, galaxies, dark matter, relativity, the Big Bang, etc. But it’s not your typical science book; Trotta wrote it using only the 1,000 … 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—At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

Attention all Lovecraft fans; have you been struggling to get a concrete picture of what exactly Lovecraft’s alternative historical cosmos looks like? If so, read this book. “At the Mountains of Madness” was not my favorite Lovecraft story (it was … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing

Although I enjoyed learning about the lives of some of America’s greatest authors and their relationship with drinking, I finished Olivia Laing’s “The Trip to Echo Spring” wishing that there had been a little more to it. It may have … Continue reading

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I Would Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Like This…

Alright, this post is not about books at all, but seeing as zombies sometimes appear within books, I guess it’s relevant. How many of you have recurring nightmares? I have two: one is that I get a phone call from … 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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