Archive for December, 2013

my year in books: 2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

via Goodreads.

let’s review: that night’s train

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

This was a strange and thought-provoking little book. An interesting look at meta-fiction, perception as reality, and the layers of story and relationship. post script: I discovered this book because the illustrator is Isabelle Arsenault, who (since Jane, the Fox & Me) now has my complete attention.      

let’s review: jane, the fox & me

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Lovely pictures to complement a lonely, lovely story. This is a beautiful gem of a graphic novel-storybook, translated in perfect pitch and drawn tenderly to the touch with erased-out grayscale illustrations paired with pops of meaningful color: a thoughtful friendship of word + visual.     A few favourite illustrations:           [...]

let’s review: ajax penumbra 1969

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A brief yet satisfying prequel to Penumbra. I like the way minds work in these stories. Only “glowing” reviews from me, Mr. Sloan. (note: pun intended).          

audrey in rome

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

…She was a Hollywood star, but at the time Audrey could just as easily have passed for a teenager at a Beatles concert, a first lady on an official visit, or a beautiful airline stewardess. She was instead a fashion icon of the most disciplined polish, full of passion, but never reckless or provocative: as [...]

let’s review: the magician king

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The second in a trilogy dubbed “Harry Potter for grown-ups”–(with a little bit of Narnia thrown in, plus a whole lot of stark reality)—started slowly, with my interest gradually meeting up with the characters and where they were heading. With the first book, The Magicians, I was locked in the entire time, start to finish, [...]