Pages: 76 / 276 [eReader Edition]; 28%
The Reason for the Reaping: Lemme get at some fantasy. Creativity and world- building usually abounds and awaits. Continue reading “Gilded Cage by Vic James”
Pages: 76 / 308; 25%
The Reason for the Reaping: Mostly because I want to know why and how the city always wins. Also, the swirling red smoke made it hard to resist. You are getting very…revolutionary. Continue reading “The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton”
Pages: 76 / 222 [eReader edition]; 35%
The Reason for the Reaping: Publisher’s Weekly named this one of the best books of 2017. So let’s have a go at it, shall we?
As I Lay Summarizing: This is about the “mysterious” axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in 1892. Look dat shi*t up if you don’t know. Lizzie, her sister Emma, the maid Bridget, and Benjamin all take turns telling the story.
The Line That Killed Me: “Somewhere behind me Mrs. Churchill screamed and I snapped my head towards her. She screamed again, the way people do in nightmares, and her noise rattled through my body, made my muscles tighten and ache” (14). Death by severe whiplash.
Best Character: Bridget
Why [As] You Like It: The story is rather interesting, and Schmidt weaves in pretty much every known detail (or what’s on the Wikipedia article anyway) about the events with relative ease. I don’t know how this stacks up to the Lifetime movie or other renditions of this incident in popular culture, but this is a solid page turner.
Why I’m Gone, Girl: The narrators, and thus their prose, can all be boiled down to one single personality trait or motivation. Schmidt took the classic question of “what motivates your character?” waaaay to seriously. Or did not really think that hard about it. IDK. In any case, it does not seem to do these characters justice and makes them one-dimensional.
Last Line, Last Chance: “‘…needs to be done.’”
More than anything, I want to know who Schmidt thinks killed Abby and Andrew, so I’m going to keep going hoping that is answered. Taking this as a light, easy read, it’s a winner. Why Publisher’s Weekly called it a best book, however…don’t ask me.
Pages: 76 / 453; 17%
The Reason for the Reaping: Zadie Smith, with this Man Booker long-listed novel, will be the first author double dip at The Page of No Return. Previously, White Teeth was barely passable. She deserves a second chance a la Man Booker. Continue reading “Swing Time by Zadie Smith”
Pages: 76 / 281; 27%
The Reason for the Reaping: “Stories of Your Life” is the story that the movie Arrival is based on. READ THE BOOK FIRST. Continue reading “Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang”
Pages: 76 / 399 [eReader edition]; 19%
The Reason for the Reaping: Coming into a new year means wishing a quarter of it to go by really fast for the Tournament of Books in March. This title is on the long(really- long-but-not-as-long-as-usual)list. Continue reading “Isadora by Amelia Gray”
Pages: 76 / 287; 26%
The Reason for the Reaping: Small presses for the win. This title from Coffee House Press here in Minneapolis seems promising. Esp with that badass lynx on the cover. AND, It’s on the 2018 Tournament of Books Longlist. BOOM. Continue reading “Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash”