The House of Silk

Because I needed a break after reading two Thomas Hardy novels in succession, I decided I needed something less serious and depressing, and read Anthony Horowitz‘s  Sherlock Holmes novel (Arthur Conan Doyle Estate-approved and authorized), The House of Silk. Written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The House of Silk chronicles two connected…

A Pair of Blue Eyes

I’ve been so busy lately with work and other stuff that I almost forgot about the last book I read which was Thomas Hardy‘s A Pair of Blue Eyes.  While reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles, I resolved to read, if not all, most of Thomas Hardy’s novels.  I don’t exactly know why I had this…

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

A few weeks ago, I had the sudden urge to read Thomas Hardy‘s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I’ve heard of it before, but did not have a single idea what it was about.  The only other Thomas Hardy novel I’ve read is Far From the Madding Crowd, so when, for reasons unknown I suddenly wanted…

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3)

Acceptance is the third and final installment of Jeff VanderMeer’s The Southern Reach Trilogy.  It picks up almost immediately where the second book, Authority  leaves off, but continues the story in a narrative style different from the first two books.  In Acceptance, the mysteries of Area X and the fate of the Southern Reach agency…

Authority (Southern Reach #2)

Authority, the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy picks up almost immediately where Annihilation leaves of, but instead of continuing the biologist’s narrative inside Area X, it follows John “Control” Rodriguez, the new Director of the Souther Reach government agency. Where lies the strangling fruit that came from the hand of the sinner I shall…

Ready Player One, Revisited

In my last post I said I rarely post movie reviews on here, and yet, here seems to be another one… Well, not exactly.  I did watch Ready Player One a few weeks ago, but I had first read the novel back in 2012, so aside from the basic plot I didn’t really remember much…

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)

When it comes to reading, I like to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.  I was in a reading rut alll throughout February, and didn’t really get out of it until I read Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders.  So, when right after finishing Magpie Murders I had the strong urge to start Jeff…

Magpie Murders

There’s nothing like a good whoddunit to get you out of a reading rut, and when it comes to mysteries, who better than Anthony Horowitz, who is good enough for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate which gave him permission to write 2 new Sherlock Holmes novels, House of Silk and Moriarty.  I have yet to read…

Lincoln in the Bardo

Before it won the Man Booker Prize in 2017, I had no intentions of ever reading George Saunders‘ first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.  I knew Saunders was known for his short stories, but short stories were never really my thing, so I had never read any of his works before.  The title of…

Dear Mr. M

I first heard about Herman Koch back in 2014 when I read his bestselling novel The Dinner, which I quite enjoyed. Last year I learned that he had published a (relatively) new novel, Dear Mr. M, which, I knew I just had to read. I guess Dear Mr. M can be classified as metafiction as…