book review: timequake

Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut (1997) This is the first novel by Kurt Vonnegut that I have read.  To be honest, I have no idea what made me pick up Timequake, but I’m sure it has something to do with my perception that Vonnegut is one of those authors I should read.  This book has been... Continue Reading →

review: the talented mr. ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955) I’m not exactly sure what my expectations were before I started reading The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, and I haven’t seen the 1999 film version with Matt Damon and Jude Law, so I didn’t already “know” the story.   What I can say is that I... Continue Reading →

review: high fidelity

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (1995) An intriguing fun fact: High Fidelity is a first novel.  I read Juliet, Naked last year and thought it was okay but not great, and got about halfway through A Long Way Down before putting it down and never picking it back up.  I have wanted to love a... Continue Reading →

review: loitering with intent

Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark (1981) I discovered Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark by accident last year when I was reviewing novels to teach in a class focused on the 20th century British novel.  I just completed my third reading of this book, and with each reading I like it more and more.... Continue Reading →

review: the unicorn

The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch (1963) “Everyone here is involved in guilt.” The Unicorn is the first novel by Iris Murdoch that I have read.  The narrative weaves in elements of the Gothic, the allegorical, and the mythical, and it does so within the framework of suspense.  There’s a lot going on in this novel,... Continue Reading →

review: the quickening maze

The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds (2009) The Quickening Maze belongs to the genre of historical fiction.  It takes actual events in the lives of its three primary characters—English poets John Clare and Alfred, Lord Tennyson and medical doctor Matthew Allen—and fictionalizes those events.  According to the back cover and the acknowledgements, the events in... Continue Reading →

review: a scanner darkly

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick (1977) It’s taken me some time to write this review.  I like to start these reviews by giving a brief synopsis of the novel, but getting down in one short paragraph what this novel is about has been a challenge.  A Scanner Darkly follows the story of Fred,... Continue Reading →

review: the infinities

The Infinities by John Banville (2009) “Everything blurs around its edges, everything seeps into everything else.  Nothing is separate” (65). This novel has been on my to-read list for a while, and the first response to that statement might very well be “Why?”.  I have read two other novels by John Banville—The Book of Evidence... Continue Reading →

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