Artemis by Andy Weir

2.5ish stars. Right off the bat I’ll just say, I think the first half of this book is awful. It was like Weir conceded that plot set-up and characterization are things that novels should include, so he gave it his best shot and attempted to cover up his lack of ability in those areas by […]

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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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Changeling by Victor LaValle

4ish stars. I was hesitant to read this because I didn’t love the author’s most recently written novella, The Ballad of Black Tom, but after a few key recommendations, I decided to pick it up. And I’m glad I did. I loved the characters and enjoyed LaValle’s creepy, atmospheric, magical NYC. The first quarter of […]

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