Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

2ish stars. I understand why authors choose to set their stories in alternate worlds with invented names and places. It makes their stories seem universal, like they could take place anywhere, at any time. However, this so obviously parallels the Weimar Republic that I couldn’t think of it as being anything else. All of the […]

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer

4ish stars. Such a clever book. For the first third or so, I felt like there was something missing. Was this really deserving of the Pulitzer? (PULL-it-sir, by the way, not PEW-lit-zer, as the characters and I learn). I couldn’t quite put my finger on it… Too spoony? Too magniloquent (with the use of words […]

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

3.5ish stars. An enjoyable family saga/character study with the tiniest dash of magical realism, but it’s missing something. Without the something, it’s unmemorable and unremarkable. The kids of the Gold family have a gypsy psychic tell them the dates of their deaths, which is sort of used as the premise of the book. Mostly it’s […]

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

3ish stars. The movie adaptation is one of my all-time faves. Of course, while this book is an unnecessarily expanded version of what was originally an article written by Krakauer, the movie turns it into an epic, dramatized, stranger-than-fiction, based-on-a -true-story biopic of Christopher McCandless. McCandless in the book is still an enigmatic, magnetic, fascinating […]

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