Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Maus

“To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.” ― Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History This graphic novel won Art Spiegelman numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Price in 1992. It is a powerful, and terrifying testament to the human memory. Within the pages of Maus Spiegelman recounts…

Keeping Up With The Joneses

A couple of months ago I started following a few travel and cooking blogs that interested me. Every time I check my email, I have two or more posts from these blogs, and I always think to myself, “Well, shit. There is no way I could post that much.” I’ve learned over the last couple…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Battle For Wondla

“Maybe answers are found not in observing but in doing. Doing the right thing” -Eva Nine” ― Tony DiTerlizzi, The Battle For WondLa I’ve done the Wondla books in Bi-Weekly Recommendations previously, (the link will be below), and it’s time I completed the journey. The wonderful part is DiTerlizzi doesn’t disappoint in the finale of…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Lies of Locke Lamora

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.” ― Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch struck gold with the Gentleman Bastard series. The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first of (so far) three  installments, and, as you can see on the cover, even George R.R. Martin has endorsed it….

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Grasshopper Jungle

“We killed this big hairy thing and that big hairy thing. And that was our day. You know what I mean.” ― Andrew Smith, Grasshopper Jungle I discovered this book by reading the author’s blurb on the cover the not-so-great book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I was a bit skeptical since I could not stand…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Swordspoint

“Every man lives at swordspoint.” – Ellen Kushner I discovered Kushner’s book at the discussion concerning transgression in novels at Book Culture. (The same one C.S. Pacat was at!) She was the moderator, and one hell of a smart woman. It was a pleasure to listen to her writing process, and an even bigger pleasure…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Short Stories Pt 2

I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen This story is basically autobiographical. Olsen added a few things here and there that don’t line up with her life, but the overall tale mimics the issues she endured with her eldest daughter. Told in first-person narrative, the story begins with the mother explaining that she can no longer…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Kings Rising

“It took me until I was nine to realise he was letting me win. I just thought I had a very fast pony.” ― C.S. Pacat, Kings Rising The task of finding a quote that wouldn’t spoil anything was extremely difficult, haha. As you all know, or those of you that have followed me since…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Annihilation

“Silence creates its own violence.” ― Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation       ‘Annihilation’ was a book I saw everywhere. In magazines, on a ridiculous amout of displays at bookstores, and all over social media. I resisted for as long as I could, but the good reviews just kept rolling in, and, frankly, I loves me a good scifi novel. The…