Category Archives: Recommended

Book Review—Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This true story is about a young man, Christopher McCandless, who leaves his middle-class home in Virginia to wander the country alone with no money, no plan, and no destination. Krakauer follows his journey through the American west, piecing together the details, and all the way to Alaska, where McCandless’s body was found in a rusted bus near the Stampede Trail. 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 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—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—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—Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

When I asked the information desk at the bookstore where I could find this book, the lady behind the counter replied: “Oh, what a dismal title.” Indeed. If you are like most people, you fear death. You may not think … 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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Book Review—The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

It’s quite a rare thing for someone to say that they read a tome of a book in about four days, yet this is exactly what I did with David Mitchell’s new novel “The Bone Clocks.” At times, my brain … Continue reading

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Cthulhu Ftagen He Will Come

Between the creeping madness of Poe and the blind visceral horror of Stephen King lies H.P. Lovecraft. Creator of the great Cthulhu Mythos, Lovecraft is guaranteed to make you doubt the relative safety of the known universe. Imagine, hidden in the … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

For this particular book I shall deviate from the normal process of presenting my opinion, and instead leave you with a quotation from the very first chapter of the book: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely … Continue reading

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