Pure magic. Shakespeare, comic books, Star Trek, and the apocalypse all swirl together into one of my favorite books of the year. Mandel deftly weaves us through multiple characters in the past and present in this strangely real yet fantastically imaginative tale. And unlike many of its fellow world-ender novels, Mandel paints us a future full of hope and new beginnings.
One of the most influential novel's I've ever read. The comic book aspect drew me in, but I the depth of the characters gave it the lasting impact. We are all searching for oursevles. We all have a secret identity. We are all trying to escape something. We all want to change the world. Chabon's characters struggle along with the rest of us with the medium of comic books as their backdrop. One of the most impressive feats is Chabon's ability to verbally paint for us what his characters are painting in their own fictional world within world. They say that readers of fiction have a greater ability to empathize with the people. You can't read this book without feeling empathy. You can't help but realize how much you and these people share in your own ways. "Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to."
Published: Melville House Publishing - May 10th, 2016
This spellbinding, multi-faceted novel is everything you could want-- thrill, fantastic imagery, realistic voices, and originality. I won't spoil it for you because you seriously need to read this book.
One Plus One incorporates all things Moyes is excellent at. With a main character you can't help but love and feel bad for aside a main character you want to smack across the face, you'll laugh the entire way through. Don't worry, though, because these dynamic relationships are much more than just laughs. Moyes has many enticing books, but this one takes complexity, love, and life's journeys to a whole new level.
OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Match, Plenty of Fish, Christian Mingle...
You name it, a dating website for it exists. Ansari and Klinenberg detail the facts behind the massive upswing in online dating and endless love options at our fingertips in a way that doesn't make it seem so daunting or hard to understand. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, and you'll definitely consider re-downloading your favorite dating app.
A dystopian fantasy that completely deconstructs the history of the world in an incredibly intricate way while maintaining a striking cultural critique on our ideas of masculinity, money, blood, and love. With an almost Danielewski approach towards using the novel as an artpiece, Dodson has created an immensely stark world and has proved himself as one of the most imaginative writers that I've encountered in a very long time.
Published: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 2002
This book is action packed. A page turner in which some beloved characters redeem themselves, some perish while evil characters ebb and flow in triumph and despair too. This has to be the most entertaining part of the book: the way that Jacques is able to deliver a story that is devastating, and yet in the end, hopeful. It is a strong testament to the fantasy novel, especially one made for kids of all ages. There are battles and strategy and adventure; everything needed to keep a kid entertained and looking for more to read.