Book Review – The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Will and the Wilds finds a land where monsters called mystings linger in the wildwood beyond the village, threatening the townspeople. Our main character, Enna, is one of the few who engages in the kind of rituals and magic that might get her ostracized if the other townspeople were to find out. Enna's willingness to strike a deal with a mysting to help protect herself and her father leads to trouble after the deal goes awry.

Book Review – Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases

Fight of the Century is a collection of essays edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, each of which focuses on a specific landmark case that the ACLU helped argue. The release earlier this year celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the organization and recruited some literary heavyweights like Ann Patchet, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, and so many more to contribute to the cause. I picked this up on a whim, seeing that Chabon (one of my favorites) was helping edit, along with some of the other names involved, and I'm very glad I did.

Comics Review – Joe Golem: Occult Detective, Vol. 1

Joe Golem: Occult Detective, Vol. 1: The Rat Catcher and the Sunken Dead is the first volume of the Joe Golem series. This volume is written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden with Patric Reynolds on art and Mignolaverse legend Dave Stewart on colors. Most of the names here are familiar to anyone who's read Hellboy and BPRD and, as you'd expect, they bring a certain floor to the quality of a book they're involved in. I found that to be true of Joe Golem.

Book Review – Weather by Jenny Offill

Weather is my first exposure to Jenny Offill's work. This book was a very unique reading experience. The style of the book lives somewhere at the intersection of slice-of-life and stream-of-consciousness. Rather than build its narrative on extended scenes, it relies on short passages, sometimes only a few sentences, that come at a breakneck pace.... Continue Reading →

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