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”

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy who loves you.” “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is about little girl trying to survive the Holocaust, like so many other children at that time. LieselContinue reading “Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief”

Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse

“To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, the expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others … and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.” Virginia Woolf’s To theContinue reading “Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse”

Stephen King’s IT

Writing a review for Stephen King’s IT and the movie adaptations feels a lot like trying to write a review for Game of Thrones. Truth be told, it feels a little futile. By now, most people have seen or heard of Stephen King’s IT including the movie adaptations. Like, what am I supposed to addContinue reading “Stephen King’s IT”

Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot

Oooh! Another great vampire story. One of the best and highly under-rated. The title always reminds me of that Eminem song Lose Yourself: “Mom, I love you, but this trailers got to go, I cannot grow old in Salem’s Lot. So, here I go with my shot. Feet, fail me not. This may be theContinue reading “Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot”

Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes

I’m always amazed at writers that can set a sinister tone to their work with only the first sentence. And, you know, the reader knows that they’re in for a bit of a fright. Ray Bradbury was really one of the pioneers of science fiction. Plus, he always incorporates scary, creepy twists to his plots.Continue reading “Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes”

Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die

There’s a movie adaptation of this book with Sara Michelle Geller and Lee Pace. I absolutely love both of these guys. They have such good chemistry together. I recommend the movie after the book. “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage notContinue reading “Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die”

Stephen King’s Misery

Kathy Bates won the Oscar for her role as Annie in Stephen King’s Misery film adaptation. And, it was certainly well deserved. She is such a great actress, and she delivered such a great performance, or terrible depending on the perspective. Anyway, I have the funniest and cringiest story about me as a reader connectedContinue reading “Stephen King’s Misery”

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South

Ugh! This one is angsty! If you love books with a deep romantic vein, this one is for you. I found that readers that enjoy books like Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go also enjoy this book. Readers follow Margaret Hale who is, for all intents and purposes, an English southern bell. Margaret is aContinue reading “Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South”

Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles

04 October 1941 – 11 December 2021 (80) How was I first acquainted with Anne Rice? I found a copy of The Body Thief, the fourth book in The Vampire Chronicles way back in 9th grade of high school. It was the only book at the bottom of a crooked, old book shelf of myContinue reading “Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles”