Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness

Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness is a chronicle based on Oz’s childhood in the early years of the state of Jerusalem. He captures the tensions and conflicts between Israel and Palestine. These conflicts are ongoing to this day. It occasionally makes the news headlines and re-sparks a flurry of political debate online.Continue reading “Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

I have to say that I liked Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude a lot less than Love in the Time of Cholera. The story revolves around the Buendía Family in the fictional Columbian town of Macondo. For those that grew up in Latino households, the story has a very familiar vein. ItContinue reading “Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude”

Michael Crichton’s Timeline

It rankles me when I know I already wrote a review or did something and it literally vanishes into thin air. Whatever. I still love Timeline by Michael Crichton. The original review might be the same or similar. But, when you liked reading something the first time, try watching the movie next if there isContinue reading “Michael Crichton’s Timeline”

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood definitely won my readers heart with this book. Obviously, for those who want the story but don’t want to read all the words, it was recently adapted into a show on Hulu. I’ve seen the first season, and it was good. The one complaint that I have is that I think they miscastContinue reading “Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale”

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”