Archive for the 'daily musings' Category

let’s review: kafka on the shore

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore tells two stories that find their way together: Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, seeks to either escape or collide with a childhood prophecy and to find the female half of his family, and Mr. Nakata, an older man who [...]

let’s review: the vacationers

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Not a whole lot happens in The Vacationers by Emma Straub, which is fitting. Rather, this novel puts its focus on the members of the Post family, who take a trip to Mallorca, Spain for a two-week vacation and break from normal life. Of course, each character is concealing something or caught in a tough [...]

let’s review: anya’s ghost

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Anya’s Ghost is an interesting twist on the ghost story, unfolding in Vera Brosgol’s cool greyscale illustrations. When Anya falls down a well on her way to school one morning, she ends up connected to the ghost of a girl from long ago who tries to help Anya overcome her shyness and snag the boy she [...]

let’s review: dark places

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places is aptly titled to say the least. A tragic set of murders leaves Libby Day without much of a family, and her own brother in prison for his alleged crimes, which little Libby’s testimony confirmed. Over twenty years later, Libby stumbles into the middle of the Kill Club, a group obsessed with unsolved [...]

let’s review: is everyone hanging out without me?

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a lighthearted look into Mindy Kaling’s life and her inner dialog on everything from culture clashes and childhood as a chubster to good comedy, relationships and Hollywood aspirations. While Kaling keeps things light and humorous in her various observations, perhaps one of her more telling moments recalls her teenage [...]

let’s review: nimona

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Nimona is a fun, clever, and colorfully drawn story of a well-meaning supervillain, Lord Ballister Blackheart, and his new shapeshifting sidekick, Nimona, a young girl with an impatient craving for mischief and adventure. With some shady business going down at the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics, this unlikely team pairs up to fight back. But Ballister’s [...]

let’s review: the ghosts who travel with me

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

In her literary pilgrimage-centered memoir, The Ghosts Who Travel with Me, Allison Green explores the landscapes of Richard Brautigan, the author who impacted her most, as well as her own landscape of ancestry and personal histories. Following the path of Brautigan’s best known novel, Trout Fishing in America, Green and her partner Arline road trip [...]

let’s review: hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

“But like a boat with a twisted rudder, I kept coming back to the same place. I wasn’t going anywhere. I was myself, waiting on the shore for me to return.” I finally read a full-length Murakami and I’m not sure why I didn’t read one sooner. All the rumors are true: Murakami spins out [...]

let’s review: in real life

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow with illustrations by Jen Wang centers on an online multiplayer game, Coarsegold, where Anda plays on a guild and gets selected for missions to keep cheating gold-farmers and unfair play at bay. But Anda is soon reminded that avatars represent real people with real stories and real problems. Anda gets [...]

let’s review: modern romance

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Modern Romance takes a look at the way dating and looking for love have changed over time, namely due to technology and how it’s affected the ways in which we connect. It’s funny, because it’s Aziz Ansari, (and listening to the audiobook gives you that extra Aziz/Tom Haverford “cuddle like little bunnies” kind of narration). It’s [...]