Book Review: White Tears by Hari Kunzru

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Woah. Where to begin on this wild ride? What starts off as a seemingly normal coming of age story ultimately swallows you into a dark, distorted reality that will crawl under your skin. White Tears is not at all what I expected, but it completely blew me away.

Description:

Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America’s great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it’s a 1920s blues recording by a musician Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter’s troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation’s darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation.

(Description from Goodreads.)

Review of White Tears:

The story begins with two young white men, who move to the city to start their own recording company. But what Kunzru delivers is a meditation on race and cultural appropriation, ghost story, and murder mystery wrapped into one literary novel. Read More

Book Review: Ready Player One

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I was psyched to read Ready Player One. I had heard such good things about it from patrons at the library, it was popping up all over my social media, and I knew it would be full of 80’s references. So don’t hate me for being majorly let down by this book…

Description:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines,  based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

(Description from Goodreads.)

Review:

This book had so much promise. In the first quarter, I felt like I could have been reading a script for an episode of Black Mirror. I liked learning about their virtual world, and I loved the John Hughes references (as any normal person would). Read More

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Book Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

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Description:

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

                                                                                      (Description from Goodreads)

Review of Through the Woods:

Deliciously eerie and best read in the dark with a single candle flickering, rain beating against the windows, and the wind howling. This graphic novel was a ton of fun to read if you like to have a thrill. Though none of the stories were keep-you-from-sleeping scary, they were all eerie and chilling and made you want to curl up under a blanket. Read More

Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

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 Description: 

Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
(Description from Goodreads.)

Review of Anne of Green Gables:

Anne (with an e) simply stole my heart. Her curiosity and limitless imagination can’t help but make you smile, and her even stubbornness and temper are surprisingly endearing. Anne reminded me to be in constant wonder of the world.

Though I didn’t think the writing was particularly noteworthy, it was the characters that turned this sweet story into a timeless classic. Anne had me laughing out loud (particularly when she stomped on the candy valentine Gilbert gave her). Read More

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