The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith

Cormoran Strike – an unusual name choice for Galbraith’s new crime fiction hero, but at least it avoids any character confusion that may ensue along the way. It’s also unlikely that Strike’s physical appearance could be mistaken for anybody else’s either. It’s like Galbraith went out of his way to make Cormoran as strikingly (pardon... Continue Reading →

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Well here I am, plod, plod, plodding my way backwards through the Modern Library’s Top 100. I decided to work backwards on the premise that surely the books could only improve as I went along. So far, I’m currently at number 88, which means I’ve only read 13 titles in the past three years: too... Continue Reading →

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan

A relative of mine once made the rather unfortunate comment that you really don’t need to travel the world, because all you have to do is go to Singapore where they have all the souvenirs you could possibly ever need. In other words, that bottle of 25 year old Laphroaig you nabbed in Scotland recently;... Continue Reading →

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

It's been over five years since Neil Gaiman wrote a book for adults.  During that time he's written various short stories and books for younger audiences.  It's been so long that I'd pretty much given up hope for getting a book more geared to me.  But then this past June, I stumbled on news that... Continue Reading →

If You Love Austen….

In the spirit of the upcoming release of the movie version of Shannon Hale's Austenland, we created a short video exploring some of the world on sequels, re-imaginings, and followups of Austen's work which are available in every genre imaginable. Here are a few of the best (or worst, if you're a Jane Austen purist).... Continue Reading →

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