Title: Exit West
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Type: Stand Alone
Page Count: 240
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publishing Date: March 7, 2017
“In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .
Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.”
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Name: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Type: Series (Book #1)
Page Count: 224
Publisher: Del Ray
Publishing Date: 1995 (First Published in 1979)
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!
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Author: Lily King
Type: Stand Alone
Page Count: 257
Publisher: Grove Press
Publishing Date: 2014
Lily’s new novel is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists in 1933 caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens theirs bonds, their careers, and ultimately their lives. English Anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying a tribe on the Sepik River in the Territory of New Guinea with little success. Increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when he encounters the famous and controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial husband Fen. Bankson is enthralled by the magnetic couple whose eager attentions pull him back from the brink of despair. Set between World War I and II and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration and sacrifice from award-winning novelist Lily King. (Source)
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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction
Type: Stand Alone
Page Count: 385
Publishing House: Broadway Books
Publishing Date: February 11, 2014
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? (Source)
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Title: This is Where I Leave You
Author: Jonathan Tropper
Type: Stand Alone
Page Count: 338
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publishing Date: August 2009
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she’s pregnant. (Source)
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Author: Joe Keatinge
Artist: Leila Del Duca
Publisher: Image Comics
Publishing Date: November 12, 2014
Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer of an Earth far more fantastic than the one we know, is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting.
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Title: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Author: Karen Joy Fowler
Type: Stand Alone
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publishing Date: February 25, 2014
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. “I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion
she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.
In We Are All Completely beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date—a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.
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Prompt: There are days when I wonder what my cat, Raizo, thinks about me. She knows me better than most and I wonder how she processes it. This very short story came from that wondering.
My human. I worry about her. Every day she awakes from a long slumber with a solemn look. Her eyes dark, movements stiff as she shuffles to the bathroom. I look on quietly as the water rains down on her. Some days she tries to hide her tears in the spray, but I smell them.
Each morning before leaving, she dresses quickly and feeds me. Her smile forced as I rub against her legs. She thanks me softly and I feel that I have helped in some way. Silently, I watch as she takes a deep breath before facing the outside. Whatever is out there is hard on her and I worry.
Time passes and the door opens again. I rush out to greet her. My human.
She collapses and I try my best to ease her worried heart. We’ll play fetch because I know it amuses her or I’ll lay by her side as she rubs my fur. It doesn’t last long because her interest is flighty.
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Title: East of West
Author: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Dragotta
Genre: Science Fiction Comic
Type: Ongoing Monthly Series
Publishing Date: March 2013
Publishing Company: Image Comics
This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH. (Source)
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Title: Deadly Class
Author: Rick Remender
Artist: Wesley Craig
Type: Series (Focus: Vol. 1 TP)
Publisher: Image Comics
Publishing Date: July 29, 2014
Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical. (Source)
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Title: The Children Act
Author: Ian McEwan
Type: Stand Alone
Page Count: 221
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Publishing Date: September 9, 2014
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
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Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Type: Graphic Novels #1-4
Publisher: Image Comics
Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series. (Source)
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Title: Blood of the Lamb
Author: Sam Cabot (pseudonym for S.J. Rozan & Carlos Dews)
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
Type: Book 1
Publisher: Blue Rider Press (Penguin)
Publishing Date: August 6, 2013
Father Thomas Kelly has been called to the Vatican. A Cardinal’s desperate plea: find a missing document that contains a secret so shocking it could shatter the Church. Livia Pietro, in Rome, has been called before the Noantri Conclave. Her mission: join the Jesuit priest on his search—because one misstep could destroy her people as well.
As Thomas and Livia are thrown into a treacherous whirlwind of art, religion, and age-old secrets, they find themselves pursued by enemies who will do anything to stop them. Only the Conclave knows the true gravity of the document’s revelations. The Noantri—Livia and her people—are vampires. And the unimaginable secrets of their past are far too dangerous for man to ever know. (Source)
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Hey everyone! Happy New Year and I sincerely apologize for the inactivity on the site. I’ve been a bit busy with my main blog, the launch of my e-magazine, love life, freelance work, web comic, and promotion at my day job. It’s been a crazy last few months but things are finally starting to settle themselves and I finally got a day planner!
I’m back and I’ll be posting my next book review in the next day or so. For now, here are a few of my favorite quotes featured on my Bookshelf Instagram. I only wrote two of the pieces. The second and sixth posts are my own. The rest are attributed to their respective authors. Continue reading “Bookshelf Update”
In honor of Banned Books Week, I’m going to give you all a list of some of my favorite banned/challenged books. All of these books have been pulled off the shelves of schools or libraries at one time or another for various reasons (language, promiscuity, anarchy, violence, rape, supernatural elements, etc). I’m very much against the censorship of books. Knowledge is power.
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
― Ray Bradbury
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There’s been a lot of inactivity on this blog as of late and I apologize for that. I haven’t been reading or writing as much due to busyness on the design side of life. I have big plans for this blog. Soon I will be introducing another reviewer and incorporating more writings from famous authors and poets.
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