18 December 2013
In the moments before one dies, one's entire life supposedly flashes before one's eyes. It is also claimed that drowning is a peaceful death. The opening to More Than This, Patrick Ness's latest novel, suggests that this is far from the truth.
16 December 2013
When I first encountered "The Insect and the Astronomer: A Love Story," I wasn't sure the story made sense. And yet, it seemed to work. It was that disconnect that drew me back to it.
13 December 2013
If part of the point of reading is to be opened to the experience of others, to experiences we may not have had, then this book, not generally deep or thoughtful, succeeds thus far: we can feel the frustration and fear of the powerless.
11 December 2013
My thought as I took this book from its slipcase was: "by Paxman's Beard, this must have cost a royal ransom to produce!"
09 December 2013
Phoebe North: One might expect Doctor Sleep to offer a unified blend of the commercial and the literary. But while it hits both literary and commercial notes, it's less a seamless mix and more of an uneven soup, undercooked in some parts, over-boiled in others.
06 December 2013
Cry Murder! In A Small Voice is a jewel of novella.
04 December 2013
Tidhar's new novel, The Violent Century, is his most successful effort yet: a huge and ambitious noir superhero novel that really isn't about superheroes at all.
02 December 2013
Catching Fire has what one might describe as classic middle film problems, but these are compounded by its failure to expand its world and deepen its story's stakes.
29 November 2013
The axes of biology and intelligence form the warp of the many stories that unfold within Moriarty's Spin series.
27 November 2013
In How the World Became Quiet, fables, fairytales, and folktales mix with science fiction and slipstream to their mutual enrichment.
25 November 2013
I read the first half of Maddaddam broadly struck by Atwood's many and deep excellences as a writer, and I read the second half broadly dispirited by what seemed to me the novel's manifold sillinesses and fallings-away.
22 November 2013
Alan Averill's The Beautiful Land is a zany first novel of time travel, its over-the-topness kept in check by snappy plotting and the author's sense of humor.
20 November 2013
The Lowest Heaven is part of an art exhibit dedicated to the interaction between art and the beautiful objects that people make in the pursuit of science.
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