Review · Science Fiction

Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin

Day of the Oprichnik, by Vladimir Sorokin, is a slice-of-life dystopian about one oprichnik in Moscow in 2028. This society runs with futuristic technology and the draconian laws of Ivan the Terrible. The oprichnina, the most feared men in the country, perform all tasks necessary to promote and protect the czar’s interests. Andrei Danilovich Komiaga, the oprichnik of concern, must crush the enemies of the state, perform his assigned tasks, attend parties, and participate in secret rituals. This Russian dystopian novel looks at the corruption and control of a futuristic society from the top down.


Constructive Criticism Does Not Belong in a Book Review

I’ve read a few posts over the last month and a half that frequently state not to bash the book or author but to give constructive criticism in a book review. It is true that bashing is not okay, but if you want the opportunity to hate on a book, give your readers a warning… Continue reading Constructive Criticism Does Not Belong in a Book Review

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#TheReadingQuest Conclusion

#TheReadingQuest ended yesterday, and I failed to complete my quests. If you don’t know, #TheReadingQuest is a reading challenge based on video games. It has character classes, quests, experience points (XP) and health points (HP). In my sign-up post, I chose to follow the path of the Bard. Most of the challenge was taken up by… Continue reading #TheReadingQuest Conclusion

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida

Ghouls look like and live like humans, except they eat human flesh. Ken Kaneki is a human-Ghoul hybrid due to an accident that gave him the organs of a Ghoul. He is learning about life as a Ghoul by learning to act human, seeing the humanity in Ghouls, and avoiding contact with the “Doves,” investigators who kill and torture all Ghouls without consideration of which is good and which is bad. Volume 2 of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, is the volume that humanizes Ghouls.

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Six Degrees of Separation from Wild Swans to Paradise Lost

Welcome back to another 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest, where we connect the book Kate gives us to six other books. You can follow the activity on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang, starts the chain this month. It is about three… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from Wild Swans to Paradise Lost

Poetry · Review · Science Fiction

Mini Reviews: ‘Radi Os’ and ‘Paradises Lost’

I am writing mini reviews for the first time. To start my first mini reviews off, the theme is Paradise Lost because the books I’m reviewing are adaptations (as they were called in my class) of Milton’s epic. The first that I will review is Radi Os by Ronald Johnson. It’s blackout poetry of the first four books… Continue reading Mini Reviews: ‘Radi Os’ and ‘Paradises Lost’


How do you review 2-in-1, 3-in-1 or Infinity-in-1 books?

“Get two for the price of one!” At least, that’s the implied message of books that contain two or more novels in one book. Most of the graphic novels and manga that I read have multiple episodes or chapters in one volume. I seldom have a problem with reviewing graphic novels with chapters because each… Continue reading How do you review 2-in-1, 3-in-1 or Infinity-in-1 books?

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1, by Sui Ishida | Accept It. Humans Are Delicious.

Society contains humans and Ghouls, who look and behave like humans most of the time. One problem: the Ghouls must eat humans to survive. Ken Kaneki, a human in this society, is thrilled to go on a date with the woman he likes, but it turns out she only wants to eat him. After an accident and a dubious rescue, he transforms into human-Ghoul hybrid. Now Ken has to survive Ghoul wars, learn the ways of Ghoul society, and come to terms with his existence as a half-Ghoul. The first volume of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, explores a transformation into that of a monster and the way one man copes with this horrific change.