Tag: fiction

  • El-Mohtar and Gladstone’s This Is How You Loose the Time War

    This Is How You Loose the Time WarAmal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone A wonderful little book imagining a fight / friendship / love affair (?) between two warriors in a war across time. Written by two top notch SF writers it consists essentially of letters our warriors write to each other across time. The whole […]

  • Delillo’s The Silence

    The Silence Don Delillo In recent years, Delillo has turned to short works focused on small groups of people and I’m hear for it. Yes, I loved Underworld and it’s expanses of time and characters, but books like the Silence, focused on the actions of an intimate group of people showcase Delillo’s gift for sketching […]

  • Review: Morrison’s Sula

    SulaToni Morrison Morrison’s second novel. Like every one of her works that I have read, it’s a masterpiece. I really have nothing new to say about one of America’s greatest novelists except to say that what stuck me about Sula was how fully formed the characters are, even those whose appearances are brief, and how […]

  • Review: Mantel’s Wolf Hall

    Wolf HallHilary Mantel The plan was to wait until all three books came out and then read them one right after the other. As other reviews this year will make clear, that didn’t happen. One down, two to go. This, Mantel’s first book on Cromwell is, you are not surprised to hear, brilliant. The writing […]

  • Koestler’s Arrival and Departure

    Arrival and Departure Arthur Koestler A taught little novel about intrigue and politics in a town of transients and refugees. Our protagonist is a leftist hero, who has left the growing dictatorship in his country to either return to fight on the side of justice or flee to an apolitical life across the sea. He […]

  • Review: Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn

    Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem I bought Motherless Brooklyn right when it came out and then immediately leant it to a friend who soon after became a hopeless junkie. I never saw the book again. But this year, without a book at the New Haven train station, I picked it up again, and blazed through it […]

  • Cline’s The Girls

    The Girls Emma Cline A novel about a cult leader, very much like Manson, and a woman, very much like Susan Atkins, who befriend / seduce a very young teenage girl and bring her into the dark side of the post-summer of love hippie land. Our hero, the very young teenage girl (Evie) is lost, […]

  • Winslow’s The Force

    The Force Don Winslow Don Winslow if not the best crime writer alive, definitely top five. His pacing is always full speed ahead, but without sacrificing character develop, or whip smart dialogue. His two books on the rise of Mexican drug cartels, The Power of the Dog and the Cartel are deeply researched and utterly […]

  • Brandes’ The Orchard

    The Orchard Yochi Brandes A fictionalize portrayal of the life of Rabbi Akiva, told from the perspective of his loving, but long suffering wife. Akiva is a luminary of early rabbinic Judaism and one of the central figures in the Talmud. He was, allegedly, a simple Shepard, who won the heart of the daughter of […]

  • Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

    The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen There are novels that when you’re reading them you can tell that the autor agonized over every word, thought deeply about every plot point, knew intimately every character. You can tell that the book is more than a work of fiction, its an attempt to tell something true and real […]