The Bookshelf

Things I'm reading may pop up here from time to time . . .

Killing Commendatore  by Haruki Murakami is another brilliant dream sequence exploration of the real.

How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice by Markus Egeler Jones (That's me! Total plug -- but I am currently reading an Advanced Release Copy, so . . . ).

Ready Player One by Earnest Cline reminds me of Tad Williams' Otherland -- and the entire homage to the Eighties and the plunge into virtual reality culture makes it such a wonderful, wonderful story.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Creepy. But beautiful. Only Atwood can pull off such a mix.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is that beautiful kind of sad that is so hard to describe and capture. Please go read this novel.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is popularly maligned for being long and without a point. These reviewers miss the point. This novel is a celebration of story telling from author, to narrator, to character's voice -- it is a magnificent journey through reality or what we perceive reality to be.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy -- oh compelling metaphors!

"Refashioning Spaces of Play in Victorian Doll Stories" by Mary Clai Jones -- keep doing your thing.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae is hilarious, smart, and Issa Rae is such a necessary voice for our world to today.