Mini-Review: “The Blessed” by Tonya Hurley

I picked up an ARC of The Blessed by Tonya Hurley at Book Expo a bunch of years back, and finally got around to reading it.  It is by far one of the strangest books I’ve read in 2016. The basic premise of The Blessed is that there are three girls, each of whom ends up in the hospitalRead more

“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell

A coworker loaned me The Sparrow several months ago, and I’ve been slowly savoring it.  It’s a literary science fiction novel about first contact with an alien species, and everything that can go wrong.  In 2019, we discover a transmission of music from another planet, and the Jesuits put together an expedition to travel to and meetRead more

Mini-Reviews – Scott Hawkins & Jenny Lawson

So, it’s been a while since I blogged.  The space bar on my computer was broken, and I know y’all don’t want to read anentireblogpostthatlookslikethis.  That would be painful.  Now that I’m back, I’m going to dive in with some mini-reviews of books I’ve read semi-recently but haven’t gotten a chance to write dedicated postsRead more

“The Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story” by Megan Chance

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The Visitant is a tale of ghosts and madness in historical Venice.  Elena Spira is offered a chance to redeem a past mistake by serving as a nurse to Samuel Farber, a young epileptic who recently survived a vicious attack in a back alley while out on a bender.  Samuel is different than any patient ElenaRead more

“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

It all started with the taxidermied raccoon.  I don’t normally read memoirs or books about depression, even if they do promise to be funny.  A little too real, a little too close to home.  In general, I prefer my books to be set in other worlds, other times, other cultures.  I want to experience somethingRead more

“Dying Inside” by Robert Silverberg

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I began reading Robert Silverberg’s Dying Inside for Vintage Sci-Fi Month.  Clearly since it’s midway through February I’m running a bit behind, but such is life. Dying Inside is the story of a telepath named David Selig.  The story is set in our own world in the late 60s/early 70s, contemporary to when the novelRead more