Monthly Archives: June 2015

A review of Blake Crouch’s The Last Town (by Jill)

You know what? I just finished this book four days ago and I’m already beginning to forget the details of the plot. I think that’s sort of sad. But maybe it means that these books don’t have much staying power, … Continue reading

Posted in Blake Crouch, Fiction - general, Fiction - SciFi, Reviews by Jill | 2 Comments

A Used Book Mecca Right in the Milwaukee Airport: Who Knew?

I wrote the following post around 1 am this past Saturday morning, after a long day of snafu-ridden travels. I was impressed with both the day I’d had and with the bookstore I discovered in the Milwaukee airport, which is … Continue reading

Posted in Bookcase Art, Favorite bookstores, Glimpses into Real Life | 7 Comments

A Review of Deborah Levy-Bertherat’s The Travels of Daniel Ascher (by Bethany)

As you may have noticed, I like to invent sub-genres, and it didn’t take me many chapters into The Travels of Daniel Ascher to figure out that this newly-translated French novel is part of the subgenre I like to call … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Books in which Fictional Children's Books are Used as Plot Devices and/or to give Symbooic Weight to the Protagonist's Relationship to the Past, Deborah Levy-Bertherat, Fiction - general, Reviews by Bethany | Leave a comment

Review of Blake Crouch’s Wayward, Book Two in the Wayward Pines Trilogy (by Jill) (With Spoilers!!)

I promised no spoilers in my review of the first Wayward Pines book, but no such promise exists in this post. There are spoilers aplenty to be found here, about Pines, and also about Wayward. If you want to maximize … Continue reading

Posted in Blake Crouch, Fiction - Dystopia, Fiction - general, Fiction - SciFi, Reviews by Jill | Leave a comment

Renaissance Books: A Teaser

Sometime soon I’m going to tell you about a used bookstore I discovered today right in the middle of the Milwaukee airport. It was everything a good used bookstore ought to be, including BIG. But it’s late and my travels … Continue reading

Posted in Bookcase Art, Favorite bookstores, Glimpses into Real Life, Reviews by Bethany | Leave a comment

Review of Blake Crouch’s Pines, Book 1 in the Wayward Pines Trilogy, with a brief aside about Kindles and contemporary Irish fiction (by Jill)

So apparently this is what happens when I try to read two contemporary Irish fiction novels written by authors who have been Booker Prize contenders in a row: I get so depressed that the only thing left to do is … Continue reading

Posted in Blake Crouch, Fiction - Dystopia, Fiction - general, Fiction - SciFi, Reviews by Jill | 2 Comments

Yarn Along

Here’s the back panel of my English rib sweater. I only have a few inches to go until I can start decreasing for the sleeves. I love decreasing for the sleeves – it makes me feel as if I am … Continue reading

Posted in Yarn Along | 4 Comments

Review of Sebastian Barry’s The Temporary Gentleman (by Jill)

Remember the McNulty family of County Sligo? I bet you thought it couldn’t get worse than Poor Eneas McNulty being banished from his homeland by an IRA death sentence, or Poor Roseanne McNulty (neé Clear) from The Secret Scripture being kept … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction - general, Fiction - Historical, Fiction - literary, Reviews by Jill, Sebastian Barry | Leave a comment

Identity Theft, North Korean Style: Final Thoughts on Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son (by Bethany)

If I wanted to be cynical (and I often do, though not necessarily right now), I would say that anyone who wants to write fiction about North Korea should follow these four easy steps: Read 1984, Change some names around … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Johnson, Authors, Fiction - general, Fiction - Important Award Winners, Fiction - literary, Reviews by Bethany | Leave a comment