Hex

Nell has lost her post at Columbia University studying poisonous plants. One of her students had stupidly died. Hex is what happens next to Nell. Nothing much happens as far as a plot. However, the language is beautiful like a 18th century novel. To be honest, I always feel likeContinue Reading

The Town

Describing himself as “writing a book about the disappearing towns in the Central West region of New South Wales”, the unnamed narrator of The Town states he “was probably not a writer”. This is definitely an unusual way to open a book. Despite not being a writer, the narrator keepsContinue Reading

When We Were Vikings

Zelda is very interested in Vikings. She reads books and websites about them. Zelda is also on the fetal alcohol spectrum and loves having rules and lists for everything. She has a list of Things Legends Need and has already checked off two items. Zelda’s mother is dead and herContinue Reading

American Dirt

In American Dirt, Lydia and her son are the sole survivors of the Mexican cartel’s hit on their family. Lydia’s husband wrote an expose on the head of the cartel for his newspaper, which resulted in the kill order. Lydia quickly realizes she needs to flee Acapulco and get asylumContinue Reading

Armageddon Two-step

In Armageddon Two-step, Shelby saved the world and was given a bunch of money to keep quietly vague about it. Though, of course, he was the most famous man in the world…which was a big step-up from his last gig flipping burgers at Mickey-Ds. But in modern society, fame isContinue Reading

Wolf Wants In

We are alongside the narrators, Sadie who is investigating her brother’s death and Henley who just wants to escape the small rural Kansas town hit hard by the opioid crisis, in the Wolf Wants In. Shane, Sadie’s brother, dies from a heart attack under mysterious circumstances. No autopsy is doneContinue Reading

Riots I Have Known

Riots I Have Known is a slice-of-prisoner-life novella. An unnamed prisoner, who is hiding alone in the prison’s Media Center during a riot, describes his two year journey within the prison walls and the riot that is occurring around him. The narrator is the editor of the literary-lauded prison monthlyContinue Reading

Waisted

In Waisted, Alice and Daphne are in a last ditch attempt to lose their excess weight at a private weight loss retreat. Alice’s life before fat camp is meticulously recounted. However, I can do it in just one sentence. Alice blames all of her problems, some real and some imaginary,Continue Reading