Genre: Guidebook, Writing
Themes: Defining Science Fiction vs Fantasy, World Building, Structure, etc.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to write, and especially for those of us who want to write speculative fiction.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Themes: 1920's Paris, American Expat, Art Scene, Literature, Love & Marriage
When planning a trip to Paris for the first time, most people would struggle with what to wear. Being the book nerd that I am, however, I struggled with which book to bring along. The Nightingale and Turtles All the Way Down were strong contenders as books I’ve been wanting to read for awhile, but I ultimately chose The Paris Wife, which turned out to be the perfect book to read.
Genre: Science Fiction | Horror
Themes: Biological Contamination, Government Conspiracy,
Psychological Fortitude, Supernatural Lifeforms
All I can say is—Wow. I LOVED this book. It dug its tentacles into me from the very first page, and I’m not sure it’ll ever let go. Certainly not until after I’ve devoured the other two books in the Southern Reach trilogy.
Annihilation is smart. It’s creepy. It’s challenging. It makes you think, and it doesn’t give you all the answers. I only wish I’d picked it up sooner, instead of letting it sit and gather dust on my “To Read” shelf for the past four years because I’d heard it wasn’t very good.
Book Report by Kelly Greenwood
Themes: Far North, Wildlife, Native Eskimos, Natural History
I know I’m late to the game on this one, but that is the wonderful thing about books—they are reborn every time a new mind opens their cover. And my mind is blown away by Arctic Dreams. Lopez is well known for invoking a deep sense of place in his work, and since I began reading this book my mind has not strayed far from the wild white world of the north..
Genre: Non-fiction | Writing
Themes: Writing Fiction, Publishing, Social Media, Monkeys & Bees
*Explicit* (In other words, he swears a lot)
Wow, what to say about Chuck Wendig? He’s the blogger at www.terribleminds.com, he’s very funny, and he’s a kick-ass writer. All three of these characteristics of Chuck are wrapped neatly into his book, The Kick-Ass Writer.
This book bears a somewhat lengthier report, simply because my reasons for reading it were more personal than for many of the other books I read.
Genre: Fiction | Horror | Graphic Novel
Themes: Ghosts, Haunted woods, Murder
A delicious trip through visual and lyrical craft. Carroll chills not only with words, but also with texture and color: violent splashes of blood-red across the page, eyes obscured by haunting shadow, and the ever-present woods, black and menacing. Carrolls dark tales are full of twist and intrigue, and just short enough to freeze the breath in your lungs until the last word.
Themes: Themes: On-the-run-thriller, Crime, Coming-of-age,
Sam Hawley is not a good person.
He’s broken all the rules, and he’s got 12 gunshot wounds to prove it.
Hawley is a criminal through and through, guilty of crimes all the way from theft to murder. Hinti makes no excuses for Hawley’s behavior; it’s simply the only life he’s ever known.
Genre: Science Fiction
Themes: Virtual Reality, Utopias, Puzzles & Video Games
What was once required reading at Oculus VR is now primed for Hollywood, scheduled for release on the big screen in 2018 by Steven Spielberg.
Ernest Cline’s 2011 science fiction epic, Ready Player One, is a delightful journey down memory lane—that is, if you were lucky enough to be kicking around during the 80s.
Book Report by Kelly Greenwood
Themes: Pacific Northwest, History, Anthropology, Politics
This book came to me as all good books should—with a friend pressing it into my hands and saying, “You have got to read this one.”
Genre: Fiction | Themes: Preschool, Parental Rivalry, Murder
A cross between Desperate Housewives and Bad Moms, Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies is a delectable tale of moms (and dads—but mostly moms) behaving badly.
With a plot twist à la The Hangover (the beginning of the book starts at the end of the story), readers are uniquely introduced to characters through multiple perspectives—we get to know their personalities through their own words, but their appearances and looks are described by other characters, often painting a very different picture from how the characters perceive themselves.