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…

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…

Portrait of a Murderer

Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931. Thus begins Anne Meredith’s murder mystery, Portrait of a Murderer:  A Christmas Crime Story.  The novel, divided into 7 parts begins on Christmas day, with the Gray children coming from different…

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

My first book review for 2018…and it’s not what I’d hoped it would be. It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. The first book I finished in 2018 is A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness, the first book in her All Souls Trilogy,…

2017 Year-End Survey

Happy New Year! I’m a bit late with this, but here’s my obligatory book stats of 2017.  Admittedly, 2017 was not the best year for me in terms of quantity, but I’m pretty happy with it with regards to the quality of some of the books I read.  I’ll be combining my goodreads 2017 Reading…

The Broken Earth Trilogy

Getting one last review done before the year ends!  Actually, it’s a review of 3 books – N.K. Jemisin‘s Broken Earth Trilogy made up of The Fifth Season (2015), followed by The Obelisk Gate (2016), and finally The Stone Sky (2017).  I first started reading the series in August and got through The Fifth Season…