Nine Times Naughty Atwood

Book Review for “Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales” by Margaret Atwood According Harper’s Bazar’s the blurb on the back of this book, “Stone Mattress, a collection of nine, acerbic, mischievous, gulpable short stories, addresses themes that will resonate with anyone familiar with Atwood’s writing. Atwood’s gimlet eye and sharp tongue are turned on the ageing … Continue reading Nine Times Naughty Atwood

Female Confidential

Book Review of "Vox: A Novel" by Christina Dalcher.   This novel is set in the not too distant future, where institutional misogyny has reached such heights that women are now totally out of the workforce and females are only allowed to speak 100 words a day (and no cheating with sign language, either). The … Continue reading Female Confidential

Two Paths that Never Converge

Book review of "Forest Dark" by Nicole Krauss In Nicole Krauss' newest novel, she presents us with two people in parallel stories, both of whom travel to Israel from York, but these two never meet. There is Jules Epstein, a wealthy man attempting to divest himself of his money before he dies, with the aim … Continue reading Two Paths that Never Converge

Not a blueprint!

Book Review of "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. (Note: This is my 200th book review! To celebrate this, I thought it only right it should be about a classic novel. This also gives me the opportunity to throw in a bit of politics, which my readers know I've completely avoided using this blog for … Continue reading Not a blueprint!

A Fantastical Fable

Book Review of "Little Nothing" by Marisa Silver. In one of the more beautifully written books I've ever read, Silver brings us a story that blends fantasy with reality into a hybrid fable of the weird and the wonderful, of loss and of love and so much more. I don't usually read fantasy books, but … Continue reading A Fantastical Fable

21st Century Fairy Tales?

Book Review of "Ninety-Nine Stories of God" by Joy Williams. Some book reviews are harder to write than others are, and this is going to be one of those. As I noted in another review I wrote for the website Book Browse (review coming soon), I'm not a fan of religious fiction, including Jewish religious … Continue reading 21st Century Fairy Tales?

Positron? Not Positive.

Book Review for "The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood. Which would you choose if you had the choice between staying unemployed and homeless, and cutting yourself off from the rest of society but with job security and a home to live in? What if having a home meant you had no real freedom? On … Continue reading Positron? Not Positive.

Data In, Lives Out

Book Review for "The Beautiful Bureaucrat" by Helen Phillips. It is 2013 and Josephine and Joseph are newlyweds and new to the city. Broke and almost homeless, just getting jobs is more important than what they have to do at work. For Josephine, being alone in a dingy, windowless room, mindlessly entering data into a … Continue reading Data In, Lives Out

In his own space

Book review of "The Room" by Jonas Karlsson. Björn's recent promotion must mean he's on his way, headed straight for the top. Of course, new surroundings can be stressful, particularly learning to get along with your new colleagues. As talented and intelligent as Björn is, he doesn't make friends easily; he'd rather just put his … Continue reading In his own space

Literary Impressionism

Book Review of "The Sunken Cathedral" by Kate Walbert. According to the publisher's website, this novel "follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan’s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty-first-century life." The main characters are Marie and Simone, friends of many decades, survivors of World War II, now … Continue reading Literary Impressionism