Tag Archive: 3 star


Review: Nothing by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon

April 4, 2014 | Susie | 7 Comments

Book: Nothing by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon Rating: 3.5/5 rich kids turned hobo Recommended if you like: the movies Trainspotting, American Beauty, and Mean Girls; angsty books; fire imagery (and you haven’t had your fill of it in the past couple of years); unreliable main characters First line: “Freak.” Published: November […]

Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

February 25, 2014 | jericha | 16 Comments

Book: Longbourn Author: Jo Baker Published: Doubleday 2013 First line: “There could be no wearing of clothes without their laundering, just as surely as there could be no going without clothes, not in Hertfordshire anyway, and not in September.” Rating: 3.6 out of 5 soiled […]

Review: The Whispering Muse by Sjón

January 27, 2014 | Nikki Steele | 7 Comments

Book: The Whispering Muse by Sjón (a proper Icelandic badass) Rating: 3.8/5 Icelanders that are too cool to have more than one name Recommended if you like: The power of myths, the feelz of the sea and wind in your face, and some super intense thoughts on Nordic diets. Also, […]

Review: Nine Months by Paula Bomer

December 18, 2013 | Samantha | 7 Comments

Book: Nine Months Author: Paula Bomer Published: August 2012 by Soho Press First Lines: “I did it!” She screams, “I DID IT WITH MY OWN BODY!” Her voice is ungodly deep. The veins in her neck thick with blood. And it’s true. Her body, once […]

Review: A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

April 10, 2013 | lucysfootball | 21 Comments

Book: A Hologram for the King Author: Dave Eggers Published: June 2012 by McSweeney’s, 328 pages Date Read: March 2013 First Lines: “Alan Clay woke up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was May 30, 2010. He had spent two days on planes to get there.” Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3.75/5 bottles of […]

Review: A Million Heavens by John Brandon

March 24, 2013 | lucysfootball | 17 Comments

Book: A Million Heavens Author: John Brandon Published: July 2012 by McSweeney’s, 272 pages First Line: “The nighttime clouds were slipping across the sky as if summoned.” Genre/Rating: Literary fiction; 3/5 songs, written by the man you loved who died, filling your mind until you can think of nothing else […]

Review: Fakes Anthology, edited by David Shields and Matthew Vollmer

February 6, 2013 | Susie | 8 Comments

Book: Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts Editors: David Shields and Matthew Vollmer Published: October 2012 by W.W. Norton, 368 pages First line: “Disclaimer: nothing in this story is true.” Rating: 3.75/5 fonts not used in this edition […]

Review: The Light of Amsterdam by David Park

January 17, 2013 | tonbird | 3 Comments

Book: The Light of Amsterdam Author: David Park Published: November 13, 2012 by Bloomsbury First lines: “The ink was black, the paper the same shade of blue as a bird’s egg he had found a week before.  In their balanced elegance the capital G and […]

Review: The Angry Buddhist by Seth Greenland

November 10, 2012 | Susie | 5 Comments

Book: The Angry Buddhist Author: Seth Greenland Published: April 2012 by Europa Editions, 395 pages First line: “Everyone knows that when a certain kind of single American female on a Mexican holiday drinks too much tequila she will get a tattoo.” Rating: 3.25/5 charismatic opponents who might be […]

Hot Off the Press! New Fiction Review: The Law of Strings by Steven Gillis

September 1, 2012 | lucysfootball | 6 Comments

Book: The Law of Strings  Author: Steven Gillis Published: August 28, 2012 by Atticus Books, 180 pages First Line: “They gathered us all together, those of us who’d been here a while and those new to the game, and told us to go have a look.” Genre/Rating: Short stories; 3.5/5 […]