Yoko Ogawa shares the same elegant, pared-down aesthetic of Kazuo Ishiguro and/or Akira Yoshimura. Like them, she exerts remarkable control over her prose narrative. And, like them, the fact that something significant is occurring is not always immediately apparent. Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales provides eleven intimate encounters with love, loss, desire and, yes, revenge. The violence committed by Ogawa’s characters is particularly chilling, often presented … Continue reading Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa (translated from the original Japanese by Stephen Snyder)
Milk & Cookies. Chocolate & Peanut Butter. Zombies & Bloggers. The best things in life come in pairs. Mira Grant’s Newsflash Trilogy takes her readers into a world where the people no longer trust the conventional news media, we’ve cured cancer and the common cold… and side effects include lots of moaning and attempting to eat your neighbors after you die. Georgia (George) & Shaun … Continue reading FEED by Mira Grant
Neil Gaiman made comic books cool before…well…. before comic books were cool. Three years after DC Published The Watchmen, Gaiman’s The Sandman came out on the Vertigo imprint, and helped pull the medium out of adolescence and into the realm of serious literature. (It was also one of the first comic books to attract a loyal female readership). The 75 book series was different from … Continue reading Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders by Neil Gaiman (Audio Book)
Lately there has been a renewed interest in genre fiction. Whether it’s Stephen King’s lurid covers on retro paperbacks in the grocery aisle, Michael Chabon’s serialized adventure story in the New York Times Magazine, or Arturo Pèrez Reverte’s Captain Alatriste swordsman-for-hire series, – the pulp novel is suddenly being taken seriously. And I’m glad. Books written & read for entertainment and good writing aren’t mutually … Continue reading Vive le Genre!