The Waste Lands

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#3) Published: 1991 I read it: November 2016 (re-read) Book three feels like the point where the journey properly begins. The crew is healing and eating better. The gunslinger “had done more smiling these last five weeks than he had done in the five…

The Drawing of the Three

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#2) Published: 1987 I read it: September 2016 (re-read) We open with Roland on a beach, dazed and exhausted. He’ll spend most of the book this way, just one of the many ingenious tricks King chooses for The Drawing of the Three (an…

The Gunslinger

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#1) Published: 1978-1981 (original stories); 2003 (this edition) I read it: August 2016 (re-read) I spent plenty of hours wandering the aisles of Hastings in Ames, Iowa. Most of that time was spent combing through the racks of used CDs, but I’d also peek…

Paper Towns

Author: John Green Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2008 I read it: May 2017 I have a list of particular YA/coming-of-age books that I intend to read. And not just a big vague intention, but a full-on goal of getting through specific titles represented in this book spine painting we have. On that list is The Fault in…

Waking Gods

Author: Sylvain Neuvel Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Themis Files (#2) Published: 2017 I read it: April 2017 In my review for Sleeping Giants I mostly talked about the structure and overall feel of falling into the story. Because this one is the same style with all the same characters, I have to…

The Nix

Author: Nathan Hill Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2016 I read it: April 2017 At one point in The Nix, in a passage where the protagonist is living his internal monologue through the lens of a Choose Your Own Adventure story, he is asked what his great novel is going to be about. He responds, “I…

Mother Night

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1961 I read it: April 2017 Vonnegut’s WWII novel comes with not one but two separate intros by the author himself. He even goes so far as to point out the very morals of the story, such as they are, and to dedicate the book to the protagonist,…