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) […]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: Impressions

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: Impressions

If ever there was a book for book and tech geeks alike, this is probably it. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan follows an out-of-work web designer turned book clerk into a mysterious world filled with cloaked figures and coded texts and ancient artifacts clashing with modern technologies and code-cracking capabilities. It’s a laid-back […]

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides: Impressions

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides: Impressions

Although I enjoyed The Marriage Plot overall, ultimately it fell short of realizing its potential. Eugenides is no doubt a talented author, and clearly does not rush anything to publication, having only published 3 novels in almost 20 years, but this could possibly have done with a little extra tweaking.  This book has been out […]

My Sense of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

My Sense of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is a very short novel, more of a novella at only 163 pages, that has appeared on list after list after list of 2011 Best Books of the Year.  I didn’t know much about this book, but since it won the Man Booker prize, was short, was […]

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Impressions

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Impressions

After reading that The Night Circus failed to live up to Beth and Carrie‘s expectations from the considerable hype, I was less excited to read this novel. I waited patiently until it came up in the library queue, and when it did, I picked it up out of mild (instead of burning) curiosity. Because my […]