Normal by Warren Ellis

March 13th, 2017|Categories: Book Review, Charles|Tags: , |

Too flippant to take seriously, was my first reaction, but I soon realized the marrow of this short near-future mystery is not in the plot or the tone, but the incidentals. Normal is a psychiatric rehabilitation center for people who have worked with information on a large scale

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

March 13th, 2017|Categories: Bonnie, Book Review|Tags: , |

This book was difficult and emotional for me to read, but it was completely worth it. I think some of the concepts she presents might be a little abstract for some, but the majority of what she said (I listened to the audiobook) really hit home for me.

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Bonnie, Book Review|Tags: , , , |

This book was clever, original, surprising, and all-around awesome. The art is manga-style and the story reflects many manga elements while also playfully mocking them. Katy is a likable but seriously flawed character whose bound toward disaster when she discovers she can "erase" yesterday's mistakes. As you might

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Book Review, Charles|Tags: , |

Just fantastic. Russian investigator Arkady Renko plods fatalistically through a homicide investigation despite resistance from all quarters. Though the author is an American jornalist, he paints a compelling picture of the bewildering contradictions of cold-war Russia and populates it with memorable characters. The dialog is especially strong. Back

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Book Review, Mike|Tags: , |

Lyrical and profound, these observations explore the interactions between African-American culture and American racism. Using multiple formats Rankine critiques topics as wide ranging as Serena Williams’ reception as a superstar in the world of tennis to the author’s own personal daily interactions. She carefully builds a case that