Category: bookish

Stay out of trouble? Not with Kelly Link’s raucous fiction!

When someone tells me to stay out of trouble, I invariably respond with, “Never.” Well behaved women seldom make history, after all. And that is one of the many reasons why I love Kelly Link’s 2015 short story collection, Get in Trouble. These nine stories are fantastically dark and brooding, but not so dark as...

The disruptive narrative in Don Quixote

Cervantes has a habit of interrupting his stories at critical moments. For example, in Chapter VIII, Character-Cervantes (as I discuss in my post Don Quixote: Meta-Masterpiece) interrupts the story of Don Quixote’s battle with the Basque to tell us he doesn’t actually know the ending. Or, for example, the story of Cardenio, which the unfortunate...

My favorite books from 2018

I wanted to do a round up of the best books I read last year, but choosing my five favorites was predictably difficult. I decided to set myself a few parameters: No books I reviewed, no books that are part of a series I started in previous years, no Star Wars, and no more than...

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

I first read this book as a senior in high school. I didn’t know how to react to it. It made me very uncomfortable (especially the few scenes in which animals are involved) but it also struck me as being undeniably true, and for that I couldn’t put it down.  This book is one of...

#FridayReads: Read A Book Day 2018

#FridayReads: Read A Book Day 2018

Yesterday was National Read A Book Day. Well, Kelly, you might ask, did you read a book? Well, I might respond, is the sky blue? Is the grass green? Do humans need oxygen to survive? Are we still trapped in a hell dimension? Which is to say, of course I read a book. I’ll say...