Tag Archive: 3 star

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Read A Classic: The Turn of the Screw

June 29, 2014 | Bridget | 6 Comments

Book: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James Rating: 3.5/5 theories about insane governesses Recommended if you like: old-timey horror stories First Lines: “The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on […]

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Review: The Red Shoes by John Stewart Wynne

June 28, 2014 | Sarah | 5 Comments

Book: The Red Shoes by John Stewart Wynne Rating: 3/5 lines of finely chopped cocaine Recommended if you like: graphic sex scenes, books about cis gay men, modern retelling of fairy tales, introspective narrative First lines: “Every day has its misgivings. Man lives by faith, they say, […]

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Review: The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna

June 21, 2014 | Satan | Be The First To Comment

Book: The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna Rating: 3.75/5 very suspect staircases Recommended if you like: books that feel like acid trips First Line: “Thirteen House groans and creaks, shifting her bones, old ship in a storm.” Published: 2013 by Tin House Books; 388 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Review: The Whispering Muse by Sjón

January 27, 2014 | Nikki | 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, […]

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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 […]