Ill Will

Author: Dan Chaon Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: March 2017 I received an advance reader’s copy of this book as part of a Read It Forward giveaway. Memory. Dream. Trauma. Paranoia. Gullibility. Belief. Doubt. The entire concept of self that gets glued together and then ultimately undone by these things. The sense…

Magic for Beginners

Author: Kelly Link Type: Fiction, short stories Published: 2005 I read it: March 2017 “You can’t have everything,” the cheerleader says. “Not even in a story. You can’t have all the stories you want.” “I know,” the Devil says. He whines. “But I still want it.” Kelly Link acts as her own Devil throughout this…

Universal Harvester

Author: John Darnielle Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: March 2017 I remember a small video store in Marshalltown called Tan ‘N Tapes. I remember the carpet and how it seemed to be the source of the peculiar smell. The smell was one of mystery and is forever tied with genres best left…

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Díaz Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2008 I read it: February 2017 Oscar Wao’s family is cursed. Or at least that’s one hypothesis put forward by our nameless narrator (we do figure out who it is by the end). Oscar lives in New Jersey but his mother is from the Dominican Republic, where she…

But What If We’re Wrong?

Author: Chuck Klosterman Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past Published: 2016 I read it: January 2017 Chuck’s gone and done it again. A layman’s idea man, he’s went deep this time and the twisty pathways are a treat as usual. The…

Sleeping Giants

Author: Sylvain Neuvel Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Themis Files (#1) Published: 2016 I read it: January 2017 Do judge this book by its cover and its premise. See how pretty that turquoise is? It’s the color emitted by a giant hand that mysteriously unearths itself and sets in motion a chain of events…

Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2016 I read it: January 2017 It’s destined to be a decent movie. This is apparent not only from the writing, but from the author’s background as a screenwriter. Oh, and because in the acknowledgements he mentions working on the movie version. So it’s somewhat forgivable that the…