#fiction

Review of All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

This is a novella about overcoming traps that other people set.

Review of The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

It’s a story of a protagonist who works in the hospitality industry. At her job, she goes about observing people and making snide comments about society.

Review of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The novel follows the life events of a fictional veteran who never actually got to fight in World War II, as he was shortly captured and turned into a prisoner. Unlike a traditional plot, Slaughterhouse-Five resembles a memoir format.

Review of Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

A novel that explores what it means to have an atypical relationship to work.

Review of The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

A one-handed orphan gets adopted, beginning a wild romp through the streets of New England.

Review of The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

A peasant girl enrolls into a competitive military school and learns secret techniques to fight in an upcoming war.

Review of Nightmares from a Lovecraftian Mind by Jordan Krall

A collection of horror short stories, from small scares to the cosmic, featuring urban sprawl and incongruous elements.

Review of The Stranger by Albert Camus

The narrator comes off as schizoid, and his personality becomes his undoing.

Review of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

As a short novel about the worst kind of juvenile delinquent, it explores an intriguing “what if” regarding crime, treatment and punishment.

Review of Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

This is a book about investigating the murder of a god, where necromancy has become formalized under legal procedures.

Review of The Throne of Bones by Brian McNaughton

This is a collection of horror vignettes that link together. I found the last story to be more in-line with a traditional fantasy plot, but the rest are unique in concept and execution.

Review of An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

The premise of this book is intriguing: a woman participates in a university study on morality, and the researcher has an agenda.

Review of How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

This is a middle grade book that I reread as an adult. I actually cried as I noticed things I don’t remember when I had read it as a kid, especially with the protagonist arguing at her mother and demanding things in her childish ignorance.

Review of Free the Darkness by Kel Kade

This is a book about an overpowered protagonist. I will first say that it reminds me of Skyrim, with the amount of sneaking about, bandit slaughtering, and literal Thieves Guilds.

Review of Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

The protagonist’s voice was clear and engaging from the start, despite the gross and morally repulsive acts that he engages in.

Review of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

This book is a satire and it has its hilarious moments. The author purposely conveyed the banality of the protagonist’s life. That being said, the gimmick gets old and it’s very boring until the second half of the book.

Review of Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Hobb’s prose is phenomenal and she captures an old timey feel right from the get go. This book is an origin story about a bastard son.

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