Book Review: Before the Broken Star, by Emily R. King

NOTE:  This review contains spoilers for Before the Broken Star.  Please read at your discretion. 2/5 “Be calm. Be machine. Be indifferent, like time.”  This was a frustrating read for me.  Featuring the alluring premise of a girl with a clockwork heart, Before the Broken Star is a great example of how elegant prose alone can’t carry…

Three Graphic Novels to Read for Pride Month

As the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall Riots draws closer, Pride Month 2019 is in full swing.  Rainbow flags abound, companies are gearing their brands towards the LGBTQ+ community, and parades are marching through city streets.  With summer settling in, June is coming up cheery, colorful, and super queer. There are plenty of ways to celebrate…

Book Review: The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

4/5 Holy cow, this book was difficult to rate – almost as difficult as it was to read.  But this makes perfect sense, as Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women is not a satisfying book.  The story it tells is frustrating, disturbing, and, ultimately, deeply unsatisfying.  My knee-jerk reaction to feeling anger and frustration…

Cormoran Strike Books 1-4, by Robert Galbraith

4/5 If you’re looking for an exciting, intricate, well-paced mystery and crime series, look no further than Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike.  Packed with clever cases and fantastic character development, this series intrigues on both narrative and character-driven levels.  It should go without saying that Robert Galbraith is J. K. Rowling, and Cormoran Strike is a fitting,…