The Illusionists

You know how everyone says “don’t judge a book by its cover”?  It’s sound advice, for sure, but come on, don’t tell me you’ve never bought a book because of its beautiful cover.  Ok, how about a beautiful cover and a semi-interesting blurb? That’s not usually how I choose what to read next, but that’s exactly…

Uprooted

Uprooted is a fantasy novel by Naomi Novik published in 2015.  Inspired by fairtytales and folklore, Uprooted tells the tale of a young woman, Agnieszka, from a valley surrounded by a dark and mysterious forest known simply as the Wood.  The Wood is home to many evil spirits and creatures ready to abduct, kill, or…

Undermajordomo Minor

Technically, the first book I read this year is Patrick DeWitt‘s new novel, Undermajordomo Minor.  I say “technically,” because though I finished reading it sometime in the second week of January, I actually started reading it during the last days of December. Undermajordomo Minor was released in 2015, four years after DeWitt’s hit novel The Sisters…

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Last August 12, Haruki Murakami released his latest English-translated novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.  I was one of the many who was looking forward to this novel, his first after the strange chunkster 1Q84.  Without knowing anything about it, I was intrigued by the new novel’s title – who was Tsukuru…