“Muse and Reverie” by Charles de Lint

This book is a collection of thirteen of Charles de Lint’s short stories.  The stories in this collection are set in the American city of Newford, which could just as easily be Pittsburgh, Boston, or even DC.  Newford is a rather ordinary city, but one where fantasy blends into reality.  There are elves, fairies, NativeRead more

“Pale Fire” by Vladimir Nabokov

This novel is written in a rather unique style.  It opens with an epic poem by the fictitious author John Shade about his daughter’s suicide.  The rest of the novel is then a commentary on the poem by the poet’s friend, Charles Kinbote.  True to his style, Nabokov uses the narcissistic Kinbote as an unreliableRead more