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….

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…

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I’ve been in a serious cleaning kick since last semester ended. I’m sure everyone gets to that moment when they feel like they have too much shit cluttering every piece of space in their room/apartment. I’ve thrown out clothes, old electronics, and–here’s the kicker, my peeps–I’ve decided to throw out my old writing journals from…

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…