The Alienist

Alienist – /ˈālēənist/ noun. Former term for psychiatrist. The Alienist by Caleb Carr is a historical fiction set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, which involves a host of fictional and real people. The events that unfold in the novel are fictional, set against a poverty-stricken, corrupt, and expanding city, which…

The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven is the third book in Carlos Ruiz Zafon‘s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. The series consists of four novels, namely, The Shadow of the Wind, Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven, and the Labyrinth of Sprits, which doesn’t need to be read in chronological order. The series takes place in the…

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…

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…