Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed Rowell's first two novels so much that, upon finishing Fangirl, I immediately dove headfirst into her spectacular third book, Landline. Star-crossed lovers, love triangles, long distance phone calls, quirky time travel, marital problems, crazy relatives, happy endings, second chances and a plethora of... Continue Reading →
I just finished reading Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a work of contemporary fiction so much. Much like Rowell's widely beloved previous novel, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl is an easy but well written and extraordinarily empathetic YA book. Fangirl tells a lighter story than the emotionally wrought Eleanor... Continue Reading →
Ted Galdi's debut novel, Elixir, is a fast-paced cyber thriller with echoes of Michael Crichton and Outbreak. The protagonist is a mathematical whiz kid who gets caught up in a bizarre tale of international intrigue, cyber terrorism and Ebola. Plagued by his past as a child genius on Jeopardy, Sean Malone struggles to fit in... Continue Reading →
For over a decade, Said the Gramophone has been one of the seminal music blogs and the most well written thanks to the distinctively eloquent prose of founder Sean Michaels. Though I'd been sharing music on Muruch a few years before Said the Gramophone was created, its literary presence in the then burgeoning mp3 blog... Continue Reading →
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is an award winning classic tale of a teenage boy's struggle to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash...kinda like Lost if Jack was the only survivor on the island and the smoke monster was really just a homicidal moose. The adventure setting itself would be an interesting... Continue Reading →
Currently reading The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason, a novel about a shy piano tuner commissioned to repair a rare piano for an eccentric army doctor who uses music and poetry to broker peace between warring tribes in 19th century Burma.
Remember how unique, intelligent and exciting Lost seemed to be the first few seasons? How we kept plodding through the weaker storylines, annoying characters and complicated plot twists, because the little cryptic details so strongly hinted at a greater mystery that we felt certain would ultimately lead to a mindblowing epiphany when the series finally... Continue Reading →
Re-reading and re-loving The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Maryann Shafer & Annie Barrows (one of my Best Books of the Decade). Sad to learn Kenneth Brannagh and Kate Winslet no longer attached to the film adaptation, they would've been perfect.