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Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman, A charming and satisfying little book

By now, many of the main elements and characters found in Norse mythology will be familiar to a lot of people, thanks to Marvel’s Avengers: Thor, the son of Odin and god of Thunder, features prominently; Loki, the troublemaker; Mjollnir, Thor’s legendary hammer; the Bifrost, the prismatic bridge between realms; Asgard, the realm of the …

                 

The Girl on the Train

By Paula Hawkins, A pretty okay thriller slash mystery

I’ll keep this short-ish, because this book has been reviewed thousands of times already and there’s not much to add. Around the time I started this site, I kept seeing The Girl on the Train pop up everywhere. I was in the mood for a good mystery and couldn’t find anything that caught my attention …

              

Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter, A colorful but subtly moralistic story set in Hollywood and the Amalfi Coast

I have this thing that I do — in theory — where, before I travel somewhere new, I like to buy a book that’s set in that place and read it while I’m there. You know, just to set the scene and to get to visit the places in the book, etc. Sounds lovely, right? …

        

Station Eleven

By Emily St. John Mandel, Civilization in a Post-Apocalyptic World

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel opens at the onset of an outbreak of a virulent flu. In a matter of weeks, it will quickly decimate the world’s population. In its wake is a place that is disconnected, desperate and dangerous, with small communities of people trying to make their way in this brave …

        

Against the Day

By Thomas Pynchon, Congratulations on Getting Through This Book

“‘The fascination of what’s difficult,’ to steal from Yeats, is what first drew readers to Pynchon’s novels.” — to steal from this NY times reviewer, stealing from Yeats. As such, the best part about reading Pynchon is to tell others you read Pynchon. And the best part of reading Against the Day is to be …