Category Archives: Books

Weekend Reads: Rock Candy Mountain #1

Rock Candy Mountain #1, Kyle Starks & Chris Schweizer I think it’s safe to say that most of my friends are familiar in some capacity with the song “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, from which Kyle Starks gets the title and clearly inspiration for  his wonderful, strange

Weekend Reads: York

York: The Shadow Cipher, Laura Ruby When I picked up Laura Ruby’s YA novel Bone Gap in 2015, I did so for the promise of bees and magical realism. What I was left with was a sense of wonder that comes along when you find a book that

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Island Reading: Not Your Average Beachside Relaxation

I’m assuming you’re familiar with the concept of being ‘trapped in an island.’ Whenever people think of this occurrence, they’ll populate their hypothetical islands with classic palm trees, coconuts, and some savage wilderness to legitimize their odyssey. These perilous islands are usually invoked when we

Weekend Reads: Spill Zone

The Spill Zone, Scott Westerfeld In Scott Westerfeld’s new graphic novel, three years ago an event of unknown origin destroyed the working-class city of Poughkeepsie. What’s left behind is the titular Spill Zone. While no one knows what triggered the event, there’s one thing for

An Unauthorized Guide to Ernest Hemingway

I don’t think people can escape Ernest Hemingway. Sun Also Rises was either drilled into your brain in high school or you have seen it lying around, forgotten on some shelf. There is, of course, the possibility that like me, you’ve spent years studying Papa Hemingway…for

Weekend Reads: Rockstars

Rockstars, Joe Harris & Megan Hutchinson Ever find yourself wondering that the lovechild of Almost Famous and The Exorcist would look like? If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say the answer is Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison’s ongoing series, Rockstars. I think it’s

Weekend Reads: Exit West

Exit West, Mohsin Hamid Every once in a while a book comes along that genuinely surprises you. For me, Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, Exit West, was exactly that book. For the better part of a week Exit West was practically glued to my hands. I wasn’t

Weekend Reads: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay Here’s the thing about growing up in suburban Massachusetts: when someone writes an atmospheric mystery that takes place in familiar towns with familiar landmarks, your hometown becomes more sinister. I didn’t want to put Disappearance at Devil’s Rock down

Weekend Reads: The Stone Heart

The Nameless City: The Stone Heart, Faith Erin Hicks Like a lot of people, I was a huge fan of the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. And, like a lot of people, I was sad to see it go and constantly on the hunt for

Weekend Reads: Loose Ends #2

Loose Ends #2, Jason Latour & Chris Brunner Issue 1 of Loose Ends is all about introducing the key players in Jason Latour’s four-part southern mystery. Issue 2, in a wonderful turn of pace, is mostly dedicated to telling their backstory. It becomes clear that

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