The Diaries of Adam & Eve

The Diaries of Adam & Eve – “translated,” as the full title suggests, by the book’s author, Mark Twain – is not a religious text.  Twain’s own views on organized religion are a bit of a mystery; he is usually considered an atheist, and this book (technically two books, but I’ll refer to them as…

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1)

I kind of just want to write two words for this review: Read.  This. Okay, three words: READ. THIS. NOW. I could honestly just leave it at that, and if you chose to follow my advice (which isn’t advice but a command – now expanded to four words: READ. THIS. NOW. DAMMIT.), you’d thank me…

When the Moon was Ours

This book was a recommendation, cited as one which was “like The Night Circus.”  And, honestly, that’s saying a lot – The Night Circus was friggin’ flippin’ effin’ amazing… But making that comparison, as I’ve now seen many do, also sets this book up for failure.  I imagined something with YA messages like, “It’s okay…

The Bear & the Nightingale

I loved this book!  I mean… you guys!  I loved this book!!!!! With the exception of the tales surrounding Baba Yaga, Russian folklore is pretty much a complete unknown to me, but The Bear and the Nightingale has definitely peaked my interest in Slavic folktales and traditions.  If you’re already familiar with the tale on…

Unmentionable

This book is hilarious.  Let’s just get that out of the way right out of the jump: hi.lar.i.ous. The author has taken on the mantle of a 21st-century tour guide, essentially plucking you, the reader, out from behind your computer or tablet or smart-phone and plopping you straight into a 19th-century bedroom, where you begin…

The Magicians (Magicians #1)

Quentin Coldwater is such an asshole. There.  I said it.  Got that off my chest.  Whew. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy the television series, which is loosely based on this trilogy (or possibly just based on the first book, I’m not sure since the TV series did jump a bit wildly across…

Murder at Mistletoe Manor

Murder at Mistletoe Manor reminds me of an ugly Christmas sweater – it shows up right around the holidays and is so repulsive that you can’t help but mock it.  But this book sums up 2016 pretty well: if you managed to make it to the end, all you can do is laugh and shake…

He Wanted the Moon

This was a hard book for me to read and an equally difficult one for me to review.  There’s just nothing funny at all about the subject matter, so please excuse me if I refrain from my usual goofiness when it comes to this particular selection. He Wanted the Moon is the tragedy of a…

The Witch’s Boy

After breaking from my fantasy funk with The Girl Who Drank the Moon, I jumped immediately into a book published earlier by the same author: The Witch’s Boy. I think if I had read this one first, I would have had a higher opinion of it.  It’s not as polished, surreal, and beautiful as The…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

This book.  You guys… this book.  This brilliant, beautiful, delightful, heart-breaking, gloriously wonderful book! That’s me now.  Two days ago, I’d never heard of the author prior to reading this selection, and at a glance I thought, “Eh, I’ll try it – but it sounds awfully kiddy to me.” Not that there’s anything wrong with…

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2)

I wavered here.  I loved The Fifth Season, but this installment was paced quite differently: the story moved quickly, but it didn’t have the same frantic, desperate scramble as its predecessor, and, in the end, our primary protagonist from Book 1 seemed to have come to a halt while the tale, her tale, flowed rapidly…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

I love Harry Potter.  I mean… all things – all things – Harry Potter.  I love ’em.  I wanted to go to Hogwarts… Okay, who am I kidding, I want to go to Hogwarts (though now I’m afraid I’m more along the lines of teaching a class than taking one – sign me up for…