The Down Days

The Down Days is about an African epidemic of laughter that quickly turns sour when it is found to be 100% fatal. It is based on a real pandemic of mass delusions that happened in Tanzania in 1962. The Down Days seems like it is a news report from ourContinue Reading

Little Eyes

For $279 each, you can have Little Eyes in an awkwardly-shaped stuffed animal running around your house or office. They’re called Kentukis. A combination of a Furby, Alexa, and a one-way cellphone call. They can’t talk but they are sentient. In fact, they are run by a real person, calledContinue Reading

Tidelands

“These are the Tidelands: half tide, half land, good for nothing.” On Sealsea Island, England, in 1648, Alinor is only twenty-seven. Her husband has either run off with their small fishing boat—or died at sea. She has two children: thirteen-year-old Alys and twelve-year-old Rob. Alinor also has the “sight” likeContinue Reading

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