Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer: Read This If

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer: Read This If

  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer is an audacious but ultimately successful worst-case-scenario novel a la The Circle – though darker and funnier and more complex. It’s really not genre-able, but it is a great deal of fun. Techno-dystopia-lite? Ish? It is a book that lives up to its title. We’ve got corporate conspiracies […]

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli: Read This If

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli: Read This If

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a beautifully crafted  novel that I’m surprised I haven’t heard much about. At all. It’s compared to The Help on its paperback cover, but it’s really nothing like The Help, except that it takes place in the South and deals with issues of race and class. That’s where the similarities […]

SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS by Marisha Pessl: Read This If

SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS by Marisha Pessl: Read This If

How could you not be compelled to pick up a novel entitled Special Topics in Calamity Physics? That’s definitely what first peaked my interest. STCP (I seem to have a strong penchant for acronymizing all long titles lately, for brevity’s sake, of which, of course, I’ve just defeated the purpose with this wickedly long parenthetical) […]

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield: Read This If

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield: Read This If

I finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield at the very end of last year, and, like so many other novels I’ve read recently, I haven’t gotten around to offering my thoughts. I listened to the audio version, which I definitely recommend, though it is a moody, atmospheric listen, entirely appropriate for these frigid winter […]

The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam: Read This If

The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam: Read This If

Well, then. That was an intense read. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting – it’d been months since I read the description, and I just dove in. The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam sweeps you along several decades, from the 1940s until the mid 1970s, in Vietnam, from the perspective of a Chinese immigrant. A […]