Tagged: fiction

N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became book review

Book Review: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Before I read The City We Became, the first book in a new trilogy by N.K. Jemisin, I heard someone describe it as Captain Planet meets Cthulhu. Truly, a more apt description is not possible for this delightful, bold, action-packed book. Unlike most of Jemisin’s previous work, this one is set in modern New York...

six novels about plagues and viral outbreaks

Six novels about plagues and viral outbreaks

How do you deal with a pandemic and rapidly changing, uncertain circumstances? How do you handle the fire hose of information and misinformation coming from all angles? Some people turn to books, which is why I put together this list of six novels about plagues and viral outbreaks. As I’m writing this, the United States...

three novellas to read on leap day

Three novellas to read in one sitting on Leap Day (or any day)

Every four years we get an extra day to keep our human calendars synchronized with the astronomical calendar. It’s the perfect chance to catch up on your reading. To that end, here are three novellas you can read in one sitting on Leap Day! While Leap Day isn’t a national holiday (it absolutely should be!),...

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...