BOOK REVIEW: THE ESSEX SERPENT, BY SARAH PERRY (2016)

I should have loved The Essex Serpent. Instead, I just liked it. Sarah Perry's second novel follows a bunch of eccentric characters in late Victorian England as they embrace or resist the massive changes sweeping society and culture at the time--including the rise of socialism, evolutionism, and atheism. These characters include: Cora Seaborne, a young widow … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE ESSEX SERPENT, BY SARAH PERRY (2016)

BOOK REVIEW: FOXLOWE, BY ELEANOR WASSERBERG (2016)

In China Miéville's door-stopping fantasy novel Perdido Street Station, the scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin becomes obsessed with understanding the mechanics of flight. He puts the word out that he's looking for anything that flies: "I want birds, insects, bats... also eggs, also cocoons, also grubs, anything that is going to turn into a flying thing. … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: FOXLOWE, BY ELEANOR WASSERBERG (2016)

BOOK REVIEW: A TASTE OF HONEY, BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON (2016)

A man is taking a tame cheetah for a nightly walk when a foreign soldier calls out, "Hey beautiful!" So begins Kai Ashante Wilson's A Taste of Honey, a Tor.com novella that's just been nominated for a Hugo Award. Like three of Wilson's previous stories--Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Super Bass, and Légendaire--A Taste of Honey is … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A TASTE OF HONEY, BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON (2016)

BOOK REVIEW: HYSTOPIA BY DAVID MEANS (2016)

It's 1970. The Year of Hate. Kennedy is only a few months into his third presidential term. He's survived six assassination attempts. He tours around the country daring a seventh attacker to get it right this time. Meanwhile, the Vietnam War rages on, and shellshocked vets gather in Michigan, attracted by its mitten-like shape. The … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: HYSTOPIA BY DAVID MEANS (2016)

TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: OLIO, BY TYEHIMBA JESS (2016)

Setting: Most of the lives Jess evokes unfolded in America between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of WWI. Premise: This book is a celebration of the lives and works of several more or less obscure African-American artists and performers, through poetry and poem-like prose. These artists include sculptress Edmonia Lewis, opera singer … Continue reading TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: OLIO, BY TYEHIMBA JESS (2016)