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Part romance, part science fiction thriller, Nil attracts readers with its ability to cross genres.

Three Souls

While her story is certainly one filled with tragedy, Three Souls as a whole is still a wonderfully wrought story filled with hope.

Black Moon: A Novel

So far Black Moon is one of the best books I've read in 2014.

Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

The novel is an intensely dramatic ride, even taken apart from its Snow White conceit, full of a cast of peripheral characters who reappear throughout and convey their significance to the story.

City of Darkness and Light

Dedicated readers will appreciate the leap across the pond as a refreshing and entertaining setting for Molly to use her smarts, away from the sometimes paternalistic attitudes of her husband.


Annihilation displays a familiar fascination with the reshaped body, the idea of infection as a way to a new understanding of the world.

Tin Star

Tin Star is solidly enjoyable, derelict space station-born fun. I’ll be around for the next book, most definitely.

The Weirdness: A Novel

The Weirdness is absolutely, positively one of the most original takes on the nearing middle age, suffering male writer bit.

Madam: A Novel of New Orleans

Colorful characters, vivid descriptions, and a compelling storyline kept me turning the pages at a furious pace.

Karate Chop

Like Thomas Bernhard who followed pathologies to their ends, Nors is often leashed to the caprices of the mind. An unfettered romp through psychology presupposes an inward-looking soul.

All Our Names

Mr. Mengestu writes from the points of view of Helen and Isaac with poignancy and psychological precision, deftly evoking their very different takes on the world.

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

To discover why his work still inspires countless readers a century and a half after his death, you will have to read Thoreau himself.

The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World

What Wolf has accomplished is to address the subject broadly, albeit with particular emphasis on the upper-middle class, and to provide us with a trove of data as well as sharp observations.

The Free

The novel lacks the courage of its convictions. “Remember to be kind” is its moral, an inadequately folksy and twee response to the harsh society it depicts.

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife

If you’re looking for a collection of essays about a modern-day happily ever after, this may be the book for you.

The Land Across

The Land Across is fast-paced, interesting, and accessible, which makes it a great place to start with Gene Wolfe if you’ve never read him before.

Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

As riveting and revealing as a film by an Oscar winner.

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

Notes From The Internet Apocalypse is so bad it’s possible Gladstone might have just been trolling his readers. No matter his actual intentions, it’s best to just not engage.

Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

There are a lot of good ideas in Sitcom, and it’s a solid read as a collection of essays. But as what it purports to be—a complete history of one of TV’s oldest, most resilient forms—it falls flat.