I have only read Laurie Penny online, but now she is on my list of writers to watch. (This is also how I discovered Rebecca Solnit, author of the fantastic Men Explain Things to Me.) Here are three of Penny's recent essays, written in response to the wave of sexual harassment revelations made in recent months. I … Continue reading The Writing of Laurie Penny
Happy Halloween! Here's a good read for you: the true story behind the “true story” of the notorious Long Island home, the site of a terrible murder and then the basis of scores of books and movies. I remember reading this book as a tween and being absolutely convinced it was all true (I have … Continue reading The True, Twisted Story of Amityville Horror
Autumn is my favorite time of year. The crisp weather, the leaves turning, the light getting slantier--this is the perfect time to settle in with a spooky story, which happens to be my favorite kind of story. And even though Halloween is tomorrow, it's not too late to get your spook on. Here are few … Continue reading Halloween Reading
A fable disguised as a dystopia, Borne by Jeff VanderMeer is set in a ruined City on an unnamed Earth, where Rachel scavenges for supplies to give her lover, Wick, who makes biotech to sell to other survivors. The City is ruled by a gigantic bear, Mord, a bio-engineered relic of the once-powerful Company, and a woman known … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Borne
Anybody getting excited for the new movie adaptation of IT? I am not sure it will be as good as The Gunslinger, but my hopes are high, as IT is probably the Stephen King book I have read more than any other. (Its competition is The Stand--I can't remember which one I've read more times.) I don't quite feel up … Continue reading Stephen King’s IT Parade: The Booklist Reader
Beautiful books, but beware what lies within... I just finished reading The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, which reminded me strongly of another lesser known classic novel I read last year, Black Sun by Edward Abbey. Both novels were considered minor classics by authors I had heard of and wanted to read. I bought both books because they came in … Continue reading Why I’m Done with “Classics” Written by Men
I recently posted about the Summer Reading Challenge, a mini Tournament of Books. I discovered two great new reads via this challenge. Marlena by Julie Buntin is a coming-of-age story with such a genuine narrative voice and such well-delineated characters that it takes on all the appearance of truth. After her parents' divorce, Cat moves with her brother … Continue reading Recommended Reading from the Rooster’s Summer Reading Challenge
Lately, I've very much been appreciating the short book. In fact, I have tentatively come to the conclusion that a novel's perfect length is between 250 and 350 pages. It's not that I don't love big, fat, epic novels. In fact, I count several of them among my favorite reads: Lonesome Dove; The Passage trilogy; Anathem; The Stand and It. Perhaps … Continue reading In praise of short books…
Calling all readers! If you follow the annual Tournament of Books held by the Morning News, you may want to take part in their summer reading challenge. It's only six books over the summer, so it's perfectly doable. I've read one of the selections, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, which I recommend if you like your books … Continue reading Are you ready for a summer reading challenge?
Y'all may not have noticed, but I truly love Margaret Atwood. Living The Handmaid's Tale: a real-life horror story. And, in case you didn't realize, The Handmaid's Tale is feminist. Margaret Atwood--high priestess of fiction, yes.