Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

4.5ish stars. Undoubtedly strange, but possibly brilliant? Equally historical (with actual snippets from newspapers, memoirs, biographies, etc.) and paranormal fantasy, it’s an interesting blend written in an interesting format, much like a play. Saunders has taken a singular moment in United States history and expanded it into an imaginative, insightful rumination on death, grief, love […]

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

4ish stars. Another one of the books I had to read because everyone else was and, as such, it exceeded my expectations. While it lacks the descriptive prose and visual imagery required to make it a “great” novel, it’s still well written and provides an emotional punch, eliciting both positive and negative emotions. It’s equally […]

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Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor

2ish stars. I thought the first book had potential despite its obvious flaws, but I simply did not like this second installment. Much like the first, it feels like the broad, unfinished sketch of a larger novel. Too much going on and none of it particularly interesting. I miss the Uni, all five minutes of […]

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