Michael Crichton’s Micro

I mentioned in a review of Timeline that not many people know that Michael Crichton was actually a really good writer with literary successes other than Jurassic Park. In fact, I think Micro was actually the first book that I read from beginning to end by Crichton. I was in college taking a science-fiction courseContinue reading “Michael Crichton’s Micro”

Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain

“Perhaps the fact that we bleed to death makes us human.” If you hadn’t noticed by now, some monster always ends up on the loose somewhere in the world of a Michael Crichton book. The Andromeda Strain is no exception. I read it recently inspired the FX TV show The Strain by Guillermo del ToroContinue reading “Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain”

Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age

I actually really enjoyed reading Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age. Basically, it involves a type of book / tablet that talks to you like a teacher and self-generates lessons for all learner levels. The setting is in the near future, a dystopian technique that grounds the plot in plausibility. So, how does this tablet work?Continue reading “Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age”

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five

I think the first time I heard of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five was back in high school; it was on my AP English reading list. This is one of those novels that I waited so long to read and had such high expectations for it, but I ended up rather disappointed. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five isContinue reading “Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five”

Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash arrived in my life around the same time that Michael Crichton’s Micro did as part of a science-fiction course curriculum. It’s one of the best science-fiction novels that I’ve read. While Michael Crichton’s Micro falls under the scientific realism genre, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash falls more into the cyber-punk niche alongContinue reading “Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash”

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes

Obviously, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes relies heavily on the theme of music. It’s a short story collection connected by a musical strand. The titles are Crooner, Come Rain or Come Shine, Malven Hills, Nocturnes, and Cellists. The stories have a relational focus with heartbreak and triangulated love and the common regrets of everyday life. “I nowContinue reading “Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes”

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

“You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.” After the success of Margret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale, she went on to write a sequel called The Testaments. The reader picks up the tale years in the future after Handmaid’s Tale. The protagonist’s daughter has been taken out of GileadContinue reading “Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments”

Bessel Van Der Kolk’s The Body Keeps The Score

I have to say that I really liked this book. For those who have experienced some serious trauma, this one’s for you, your journey to self-healing if you don’t know where to start. It focuses on trauma and the responses the body has naturally. Bessel Van Der Kolk uses some real examples such as variousContinue reading “Bessel Van Der Kolk’s The Body Keeps The Score”

John Boyne’s The Boy In Striped Pajamas

“Sitting around miserable all day won’t make you any happier.” John Boyne’s The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas is one of the saddest books that I’ve ever read. I closed this book with the hands of the devil gripping my heart. The two little boys in this book just break it to pieces. It’s setContinue reading “John Boyne’s The Boy In Striped Pajamas”

Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room

“But language is wine upon his lips.” This review will definitely not do Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room justice. Norton Critical Editions typically include excepts, if not complete, literary reviews of the text. I have to make the distinction between the layman’s reviews that I write for Read House Review and the type of literary reviewsContinue reading “Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room”