“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

Summer Reads Part IV - Black River by S. M. Hulse

Driving to his hometown deep in the canyon made by mountains, retired Corrections Officer, Wes Carver feels lost. Sixty years old and widowed five days earlier, Wes is returning to appear at the parole board hearing of the convict who tortured him twenty years ago during a prison riot. Bobby Williams, claiming to have “found Jesus”, is now a Bible-reading, c[...]

Summer Reads Part III - The Odyssey

Before the creation of the Marvel universe's superheroes and supervillains, there were epic poems of Greek superheroes and supervillains. One of these poems is The Odyssey, an extravagant account of a shrewd soldier/king, Odysseus, making his perilous and tardy way home to Ithaca after ten years of fighting spectacularly in the Trojan War. One of Odysseus’ c[...]

Summer Reads Part II- The Future for Curious People

More alternate reality than science fiction, The Future for Curious People unites comedy with romance in a tale of destiny vs design. Evelyn is a librarian who, in her spare time, volunteers to record classic novels for the visually impaired. Minor detail that she converts the sad endings to happy ones. Charlotte the spider, Anna Karenina and Mme Bovary all [...]

Summer Reads Part I- The Humans by Matt Haig

The assassin undertakes his mission with the skill of an extraterrestrial Inspector Clouseau, arriving in Cambridge sans clothes and sans English. His observations are jewels scattered throughout the novel. Having consulted Cosmopolitan magazine in an early attempt to assimilate, "Andrew" later infers from the intricate architecture of Cambridge University b[...]

Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson provides answers to these questions and many more in his science fiction opus, Seveneves. It’s like a manual for surviving global disaster with the best opening sentence since A Tale of Two Cities’ “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. Science expert and TV comm[...]

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