Monthly Archives: November 2012

Gone Girl

What a well-written, absolutely horrible story. The plot was definitely exciting at times, but unless you enjoy reading about the most unhealthy marriage of all time I wouldn’t recommend this book. I think I could have dealt with it if the ending hadn’t been so beyond disappointing. It was also a little heavy on the swearing–which I don’t love. I’ll leave it at that in case you decide to pick it up against my wishes. (I also have a problem with any book where the Author makes their name bigger than the title.) ok I’m done.

With that said let’s end on a positive note:

Well-written, fun idea, inventive approach to narration.

Gone Girl

That’s all for now folks!

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Keeping up with the Literary Joneses

When I’m reading short stories for class or recreation I frequently read, enjoy, and quickly move on to the next. However, every once in a while I come across something that forces me to pause after I read the last line, set the book or magazine down in my lap, and exhale out a quiet and appreciative sigh for what I’ve just read. It’s a lovely moment when something someone else has written moves me enough to demand a pause in the rush of life.

Sometimes I feel so torn with all the different things I want to learn, read, and teach myself. There will never be enough time to keep up with all the literary magazines, articles, and the informational Twitter feeds! Regardless, when I do come across something truly brilliant I am reminded that I don’t need to be up to date on every literary website and author. Although it would be nice to know everything, I read and write because it is what I love; and as long as that’s still true then I am doing alright.

Remember that story that I mentioned up there–the one that made me pause and sigh? It is called “Final Dispositions” by Linda McCullough Moore , and it was published last year in The Sun Magazine.  It won a Pushcart Prize in 2011 and if you have a few minutes, don’t let this one pass under your radar. I absolutely adore it. Follow this URL and enjoy!

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Among The Missing

I find Dan Chaon’s work beautifully disturbing. Although some of these stories were a little too dark for my taste, I found myself returning for more. On of the things I admired most about this collection was the interweaving, but not overbearing, connection between the stories. Each dealt with a form of absence and the consequent struggle to overcome the notions of what could have been. One of the edgier stories–and surprisingly my favorite–was “I Demand to Know Where You are Taking Me.” Although the subject matter was difficult, I was in awe at the delivery and the structure of this story. More than that, the horrific elements that drive the characters–as well as the reader–were so carefully placed and built upon. It gave me chills in the best and worst way. I probably won’t read it again because I don’t love being depressed (and I have too many books on my list!) but at the same time I am definitely glad I read it.

A Village Life

A Village Life

I love narrative poetry and Loise Gluck, so when I found out that one of her collections was composed entirely of narrative poems I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Although I loved the simplicity of her writing, I felt like some of it was a little too straight forward for my taste. Regardless, Gluck created a beautiful rhythm that connected one poem to the next, and it was definitely worth the time I spent reading it.

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