The Silent Patient
Alicia Berenson shoots her husband five times in the face and never speaks again. That is until she is put in the care of Theo Faber, a psychotherapist dedicated to solving the mystery of her self-imposed muteness. The Silent Patient is a mystery novel told from the perspective of Theo, and I was truly conflicted…
The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season is a fantasy novel set in the “Stillness” during a post-apocalyptic era. I hesitate to say “post” as it seems this “Father Earth” is always on the precipice of destruction.
Bloodchild and Other Stories
I have not come out of this book as a lover of science fiction but as an Octavia Butler fan. To say her mind is a field bursting with imagination and wonder is an understatement. While her stories are unique and experimental, their real-winning trait is how they pose moral/ethical dilemmas that get you thinking.
Books of Blood
Clive Barker’s imagination & storytelling talent is truly unmatched. “Books of Blood: Volume I” is a collection of 6 short stories that explore several avenues of horror— from the grotesque, to the demonic, to death, immortality, and giants comprised of human bodies.
Despite being 400 pages, “Neverwhere” is fast-paced and captivating. I finished it in two days! I appreciated that there weren’t pages full of exposition, rather I was placed into a fantasy world that didn’t offer much explanations to its peculiarities and yet, I still understood it.
When the Elephants Dance
I can’t say I “thoroughly enjoyed” this book, as it’s not a light read by any means– and can you truly enjoy a book about war? But I will say that the writing is beautiful, the characters memorable, the stories dear, and no matter how many more books I’ll read, I will always remember this…
The Book of Jon
Sikelianos’s writing is poignant and unsentimental all at once. And with a single thread, she skillfully weaves together poems, prose, snapshots and photographs of her brilliant, loving, heroine addicted and failing father.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
On Earth is visceral and haunting. Every thought has a purpose and a resounding note. Little Dog’s relationship with his mother, with other men, with America and English is poetic but not overly embellished. Every movement of his words strike and flow with intention.
How do I even begin to describe this book? In one word, claustrophobic. In many– mysterious, lonely, strange, tense, and beguiling.
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head
If you want a one line summation of my thoughts here it is: Everyone should read this collection. I think this review will benefit from simplicity, because it’s really that simple. Pick it up.