Recent Reads: Autumn 2016 Edition

October 14, 2016 at 6:01 am 2 comments

After raiding the library recently, I found a couple of quick-but-good reads. What have you been reading lately? Share in the comments!

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The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Synopsis: Sailor Twain – illustrations + tarot + librarians
Short Thoughts: Terrific first outing from Erika Swyler!
Balancing a bookish mystery on modern-day Long Island with a traveling carnival in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century, The Book of Speculation is well-crafted and entertaining to read. Swyler veers into soap opera territory in the final fourth of the book, but all the threads still come together neatly by the end with minimal melodrama.

My only complaint was that the shadowy book dealer who kicks off the whole thing never really gels — he could have been a more interesting and/or more sinister figure, but instead floats in and out of the story without any particular point.
More serious reviews: NPR and Publisher’s Weekly

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On Writing by Stephen King
Synopsis: Strunk & White + memoir + advice – formality
Short Thoughts: Would you believe I’ve never read anything by Stephen King? This is my first and, although I know none of his other books are like it, it made me want to read more Stephen King. Equally personable and helpful, On Writing is a great examination of where that writing itch comes from and how to hone your own.
More serious reviews: The Guardian and The A.V. Club

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kate  |  March 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Um, I can’t believe I haven’t commented on this before. I LOVE this post! Nice visuals.

    Reply
    • 2. Corey  |  March 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Haha, thanks! I had fun with them. :)

      Reply

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