The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2018 I read it: August 2018 First of all, hats off once again to the DMPL. I won a copy of this book over the summer alongside other library goodies during a little contest they ran. Love my library! The Perfect Mother is about, in a general sense,…

The Outsider

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2018 I read it: July 2018 Something compelled me to check out King’s latest release this summer, although I don’t religiously keep up on everything he does. Perhaps it was a leftover feeling after re-reading the Dark Tower series—I wanted a reference point for King’s present style, having…

Continent

Author: Jim Crace Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1986 I read it: August 2018 The opening story, “Talking Skull,” handily sets the stage for the primary tension of Jim Crace’s debut novel. A son from a small village is expected to take over his father’s business of raising infertile livestock to sell back to the superstitious…

Pirate Talk or Mermalade

Author: Teresa Svoboda Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2010 I read it: July 2018 This modern take on Treasure Island reads like a play or even a prose poem—there is no exposition, just dialogue, and while I stumbled multiple times when more than two characters entered a scene, I still applaud the author for the format.…

Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2005 I read it: July 2018 I was vaguely aware of the speculative element that is ever-so-slowly revealed in Never Let Me Go, but like I’ve mentioned before, anything that takes place at a boarding school already has a tinge of the unreal to it. But sci-fi elements…

Shriek: An Afterword

Author: Jeff VanderMeer Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Ambergris (#2) Published: 2006 I read it: June 2018 There’s something about the book you read around the time of the summer solstice. Sitting outside in the evening when the birds, beasts, and insects are all lively—the day creatures mingling with the night flyers. I knew…

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Author: Madeleine L’Engle Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Time Quintet (#3) Published: 1978 I read it: May 2018 I’m going to criticize this book for the number of similarities to its predecessor, A Wind in the Door, but there’s one similarity that’s simply a pattern in L’Engle’s stories, and one that I’m a fan of. I’m…