Boy’s Life

by Robert McCammon “The years of a boy’s life pass so fast, Cory.” She smiled faintly. “Boys want to hurry up and be men, and then comes a day they wish they could be boys again. But I’ll tell you secret, Cory. Want to hear it?” I nodded. “No one,” Mrs. Neville whispered, “ever grows... Continue Reading →

Summer of Night

by Dan Simmons “Nothing was as simple as stupid people assumed it to be.” When it’s all stripped away, are there stories more instantly likeable than coming-of-age? Some of the great books of all time use the structure, and it works perfectly because the required growth of the character is built in. Additionally these stories,... Continue Reading →

Academic Excercises

by K.J. Parker “Thanks to my lifetime of exhaustive study, I’m the least qualified man in the world to offer an opinion.” The storytelling here is rich but not indulgent, detailed but not fussy. It moves fast, but these tales can stretch the word ‘short’ in short stories. Even the shortest have plenty of meat... Continue Reading →

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline “It suddenly occurred to me just how absurd this scene was: a guy wearing a suit of armor, standing next to an undead king, both hunched over the controls of a classic arcade game.” Rejoice, nerds, for celebration is at hand! Mr. Cline’s book is a bizarre melding of cyberpunk and 80’s... Continue Reading →

Voice of the Fire

by Alan Moore “Beware, ye that are loath to make commotion! Shudder, ye who would not bring attention on thyself, and see what shyness brought me, with even my gizzard now become a public spectacle. Behold, ye meek: this prong of iron is all the Earth ye shall inherit.” The following stories take place on... Continue Reading →

The Club Dumas

by Arturo Perez-Reverte "The rainbow is the bridge between heaven and earth. It will shatter at the end of the world, once the devil has crossed it on horseback." Fans of the Polanski movie, The Ninth Gate, may recognize this book as the source, although the differences between the two are extensive. Written in Spanish... Continue Reading →

Blue World

by Robert McCammon “Something tore,” Spence said tonelessly. “Ripped open. Something won the fight, and I don’t think it was who the preachers said was gonna win.” Many of us perform a bit of research into any book before picking one up, mostly because they all take hours and we'd rather not waste our time.... Continue Reading →

Dust (Silo Saga book 3)

by Hugh Howey “They ought to have been left on their own, both people and the planet. Mankind had the right to go extinct. That’s what life did: it went extinct. It made room for the next in line.” Does the end justify the means? The debate on this theme has raged for a long... Continue Reading →

The Last Argument of Kings (First Law book 3)

by Joe Abercrombie "Everything beautiful has a dark side, and some of us must dwell there, so that others can laugh in the light." Tying together the threads of the adventures of all characters, good and bad (but mostly bad), The Last Argument of Kings is a bold masterpiece. The Bloody-Nine comes into his own as... Continue Reading →

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