Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

This book was okay. Perhaps if I had taken up The Aeneid in school, I would have appreciated Lavinia more, as the idea of giving Lavinia her own voice was interesting. In any case, the book stood on its own; prior knowledge of Aeneas or The Aeneid was not required to follow the story. TheContinue reading “Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin”

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which “the Breakdown” was caused by an incurable virus, The Girl with All the Gifts is a mix of sci fi and horror. If an incurable virus scenario sounds too real—is this where we’ll be in a few years?—I don’t fault you. This was an uncomfortable read for me,Continue reading “The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey”

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

Years ago, I read Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I liked it then. There was something about his writing that brought me comfort, so when someone offered to trade The First Phone Call from Heaven with me, I thought sure, why not? It was okay. I feel like if I’d readContinue reading “The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom”