{picture/book} rules of summer

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan. Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) 2013.  “Never break the rules. Especially, if you don’t understand them.”–back cover copy. Rules of Summer, in its most simplified description, is about two brothers’ summer adventures. The story is told by Shaun Tan so there is the surreal and the incredible wordless impact ofContinue reading “{picture/book} rules of summer”

{book} once begun

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball Pantheon Books, 2014. 232 pages “The following work of fiction is partially based on fact.” Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the “Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until aContinue reading “{book} once begun”

{book} a not-so-new orleans

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), 2013 Hardcover, 324 pages. After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality,Continue reading “{book} a not-so-new orleans”

{book} norwegian wood

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin Vintage Books (Random House), 2000 (orig. 1987) tradepaper, 296 pages. Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their bestContinue reading “{book} norwegian wood”

{book} divergent

Too bad the title does not necessary imply divergence from present popular Young Adult formulations. Work-shopped from an outline and a list of ingredients came to mind as I grit my way through this one. Is the imaginative twist on post-apocalyptic dystopian construction of society enough to forgive the seams? Likely. More, its saving graceContinue reading “{book} divergent”

the sense of an ending

Note: this post is quote heavy, as you can see. it can be (for the most part) read without them; i just chose not to restrain myself. “This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature. Look at our parents–were they the stuff of Literature? At best, they mightContinue reading “the sense of an ending”

bake sale

Bake Sale by Sara Varon First Second Books, 2011; Hardcover, 158 pages (including recipes) Calling all Foodies, your graphic novel is here! Many of the book recs put the ages 9-12, but lovers of the cupcake trend and bakers in general will own Sara Varon’s Bake Sale regardless of age. Things appear to be going well forContinue reading “bake sale”

The Stuff of Legend: The Dark

The Stuff of Legend : The Dark (Book 1) by Brian Smith & Mike Raicht, Illus Charles Paul Wilson III Villard Books, 2010. Tradepaper, 112 pages. The year is 1944. As Allied forces fight the enemy on Europe’s war-torn beaches, another battle begins in a child’s bedroom in Brooklyn. When the nightmarish Boogeyman snatches a boyContinue reading “The Stuff of Legend: The Dark”

The Family Fang

“Caleb, we placed our child in a situation that turned her into an earthquake.” […] “She was terrified of Santa Claus. And we were the ones who put her in the fat man’s lap. That seems like the makings of a long-term psychological problem.” “Do you know how resilient kids are?” […] “She’s just aContinue reading “The Family Fang”

a thousand rooms of dream and fear

a thousand rooms of dream and fear by Atiq Rahimi Translated from Dari by Sara Maguire and Yama Yari I read the Other Press Edition, 2011. Hardcover, 147 pages. I picked this up on a whim while browsing the newer release shelf at the Library. At 147 pages and sparsely printed pages at that, IContinue reading “a thousand rooms of dream and fear”