book reviews

I want to get my reading groove back, so right now I’m re-reading Donna Tartt’s sumptious The Secret History and reading Let the Right One In by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Here are some short thoughts on books I’ve finished. What are you reading?

Pretty Monsters

Kelly Link writes surreal stories. Reading one is like stepping into a dream. And like dreams, her narratives usually meander and don’t concern themselves with closures and resolutions. Not necessarily a bad thing. My favorites in this collection: “The Faery Handbag“, “Magic for Beginners”, and “The Specialist’s Hat”.

Dream Hunters

A Sandman-style retelling of a Japanese folk tale about a monk and a fox-spirit. Neil Gaiman writes in simple words that are amplified by Yoshitaka Amano’s beautiful illustrations.

Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila (Blg. 1)

Bonggang-bongga itey! I got this as a compli copy from Ms Nida of VISPRINT. If you enjoyed the first collection of Zsazsa’s adventures, you’ll enjoy this one.

American Short Story Masterpieces

I found this in a secondhand bookstore. Happy I picked this up. So many good stories! My favorites are “The Amish Farmer” by Vance Bourjaily, “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Ile Forest”, “The Story of A Scar” by James Alan Macpherson, Philip Roth’s “The Conversion of Jews”, John Updike’s “The Christian Roommates”, and Andre Dubus’s “The Fat Girl”.

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