Book Review: Scorch Atlas – Blake Butler (2009)

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Sigh. I tried so hard to get my hands on this book. Every time I’d go on Goodreads, it would pop up in my recommendations, based on my love of post-apocalyptic fiction. It was never available online, I finally found it, and my order never showed, was sent another copy, it never showed, finally found a copy again, and finally got it in my hands. The anticipation was killing me, and I opened the book and my first words, no joke, were “Oh. Really?” Read More

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Book Review: Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes (2015)

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Lauren Beukes has a way of writing a story that makes you instantly hooked. It could be the real life, person-next-door type characters she employs in her books. It could be the fact that she melds the supernatural with the physical seamlessly. It could be that when you pick up one her books you’d be hard pressed to put it down. It could just be that she is a really damn good writer. Read More

Book Review: The Death of Danny Daggers – Haydn Wilks (2015)

The Death of Danny Daggers is as close as I have ever come to reading an Irvine Welsh book without actually reading Welsh. And this is not a detriment to Haydn Wilks, but a compliment. Wilks creates his own style, crafts his own, original yet strangely familiar book, that I lapped up voraciously. The foul-mouthed characters are all lovable, even the dim-witted Danny Daggers. The amount of hell he goes through in the book, well I’ll leave the specifics for you to discover, but frankly, you can’t help but feel sorry for the guy, even if he is the manifestation of what we hate in our “Vine/Youtube Sensation” era. Read More

Book Review: Rewiring the Real:In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don Delillo (2014)

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The paramount aspect that I love about reading is that the book becomes yours when you finish it. Even the most basic of stories, books that seem to be nothing more than cookie-cutter patterns, can become treasures to individuals once they have completed them. I put off reading Rewiring the Real by Mark C. Taylor for quite a while because I had yet to read Delillo’s “Underworld” and hadn’t read anything by Richard Powers. Eventually, I made it through “Underworld” and decided that Rewiring the Real had been calling my name for far too long from the stacks, and that it was time to give it a read. Read More

Book Review: Wool – Hugh Howey (2013)

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“Wool (Omnibus)”, by Hugh Howey feels like so many other science fiction/post-apocolyptic stories, but as the layers peel back, you discover that it is entirely unique. Throughout the book, we are treated to a stunning world underground in a Silo, a place that has existed for we can only guess how long, enough to span generations. This Silo is self-sustaining, and connected by a large staircase that runs down the main shaft straight down into the earth. The sheer vastness of the silo feels like a void in space, giving the reader a sense of sympathetic vertigo at the sheer depth of the descent. At times, I was reminded in small hints of Mark Z Danielewski’s “House of Leaves,” staircases leading down into the dark and cold, labyrinthian in its complexity. The Silo is as much a character in the book as any of the actual living, breathing individuals whose minds we get to inhabit. Read More