"Perhaps you'd like to know more about the Wild Man of Greenhollow Wood?" he said. "You never know; you might meet him someday."
I knew I would love this small, wild book when I first laid eyes on it. With its forests and folklorists, Silver in the Wood is as deep-rooted and green and brimming with old magic as the wood itself.
An outrageous plot too good to be taken anything less than seriously: a listless but talented writer steals the idea for his debut novel from a former acquaintance, and an unbelievable deal is made to cover up the scandal that ensues. A novel about literary success and moral conundrums (and love, and relationships, and author readings at bookstores) as sharp as winter wind in Lipstein's top notch prose. You'll put this book down both shocked and fulfilled.
Chelsea Bieker can tell you exactly who a character is without ever putting it on the page. She expertly allows the reader to learn through first person perspective. The way her characters move through the world will show you who they are without needless exposition. The theme of this collection is "seeking or sabotaging love" but this author will undoubtedly steal your heart with her profound understanding of human behavior.
Palahniuk loves to tell the story of listeners fainting during live readings from this collection. While the imagery throughout the stories is intense, what's more impressive is the flawless structure delivered over and over again. While this book may look like it belongs in the horror section, it is actually a prime example of transgressive fiction at its best. It is crafted with expert pacing and subject matter that will leave you truly, Haunted.
I was riding a subway when I started this collection. The first story was so incredible I completely missed my stop and didn't even care. Brillant speculative fiction truly doesn't get any better than this. With themes such as systemic racism, it will hurt to process the words of this mirror turned on society, but you will never stop thinking about the important messages between these pages.
Did you have the time of your life reading 'The Lies of Locke Lamora' but also think "Damn I wish this book had more highly competent lady pirates"?
Well here ya go, baby.
This book lifted my spirits so high. Kate Clayborn is the master of complex plots, evocative locations, and endearing and goofy supporting characters in contemporary romance. In Love Lettering, Meg is a young hand-letterer with some not-so-insignificant conflict in her life... which she copes with by writing messages into her designs. Like, for example, a warning into a wedding invitation. Which is discovered by the groom of said invitation, who then appears in her shopfront furious. It's wicked, it's fun, and it's precisely the romance I share with friends who turn their noses up at the genre.
Funny, moving, effectively written -- the characters and situations are so vivid you will read this in one sitting.
An alcoholic hermit discovers the truth of power in the world: the flies are actually in control. Bizarre, thrilling, and fast paced, this newly translated novel is worth a read.
I can't believe this has been out since 2006 and I haven't read it until NOW. This is about a group of scrappy orphans living in the island city of Camorr (roughly based on 1700's Venice, but you know, with mysterious alien architecture left behind that nobody knows the history of, and alchemy, lots of alchemy) who, through luck and happenstance, are plucked off the streets and then trained up into an elite team of thieves so that they can rob the rich and... continue robbing the rich. There are HEISTS, there are FRAUDS, there are WOMEN GLADIATORS WHO FIGHT SHARKS WITH HATCHETS WHILE STANDING ON TINY PLATFORMS IN THE WATER.