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…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one.” ― Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz earned his mark on the literary world in 2007 with his tale of an ostracized king of all nerds. The novel is primarily literary fiction with hints of fantasy and folklore…

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: Dark Lord of Derkholm

“It was only when Shona, in sheer fury, turned the carnivorous sheep among them that they moved. They ran, some of them with charming little white sheep attached to their legs or backsides and the rest shouting about monsters.” ― Diana Wynne Jones, Dark Lord of Derkholm Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite…

Final Frontier of Fiction

This is my last semester at my current college, and I have to say the experience has been amazing. Although it has, many times, caused me great stress and frustration, I am leaving with a sense of satisfaction. School, and the piece of paper it comes with, was an abstract idea in my mind before…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Halloween Tree

“Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread.” ― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree Any time of the year is a good time to read some Bradbury! One of the many Godfathers of Scifi and Fantasy has done it again with his ghoulishly fantastic children’s novel. All Tom Skelton…

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: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.” ― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Albertalli, who comes from a psychology background as opposed to a literary one, penned a very basic teen novel about a gay kid named Simon living his life in Georgia. As per typical story line,…

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: Short Stories Pt 1

Been a while, friends. You’ll be happy to know I’ve closed this semester with straight As. Woot! Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin Most of you may know Chopin from her most popular short story, The story of an Hour, which exposed the inner workings of a woman’s mind after the death of her husband. Her crusade to reveal…