All posts tagged: 2017

My Top Reads of 2017

5. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuirre Though I had certain difficulties with suspension of belief at times, this was a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I’ve grown to really enjoy Seanan McGuire; her novel concepts are stellar, though her execution sometimes falls a bit short (as in the case of Every Heart a Doorway). I was excited to pick up her latest novella, a speculative take on ghosts and the concept of the Afterlife. Would recommend for some enjoyable afternoon reading, especially if you’re a fan of original supernatural concepts. vvvv vvvv vvvv vvvv vvvv 4. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman I read the trilogy when I was very young and I never remembered much about it, except that I liked it but not that much. In preparation for the sequel trilogy, I decided it was high time I revisited the series. I definitely found Northern Lights inspiring, original and enjoyable. Lyra is a brilliant protagonist and I’m looking forward to getting into the rest of the series – I have next to no memory …

Review: This is Water by David Foster Wallace

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over the other and goes, “What the hell is water?” Once upon a time, David Foster Wallace was invited to speak to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College on a subject of his choosing. This book is his speech; perfect to read over a cuppa and a great reminder about self-awareness and the choice of compassion. In bite-sized morsels, David Foster Wallace gives a lesson in the importance of choosing how to think, and keeping our educated adult brains from a 24/7 autopilot function, from a lifetime of slavery to the unconscious. It’s short and sweet, but so well-constructed you know David Foster Wallace could have fleshed this out into a full-length novel and you’d want to read it. The man knew what he was talking about, …

Review: The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Once upon a time, a man called Christopher Knight got into his car and drove. He drove although he didn’t know where he was going, and he didn’t stop until he reached the woods. He abandoned his car, never to see it again, and there he lived for nearly 30 years, away from everything he ever knew. In this true story, Michael Finkel explores the life of “the last true hermit”. And though I didn’t love it, the book certainly gave me a lot to think about.