Novik uses the story of Rumplestiltskin as a jumping off point for Spinning Silver, a richly built fantasy tale, with rotating narrators, gorgeous prose, and a plot that will keep you guessing until the final twist. Spellbinding and original, this is one that stands up to multiple re-reads.
Mind-blowing. Astonishing. Terrifying. Heart-pounding. The City We Became is all this and more than I could ever put into words. A chaotic, beautiful ode to New York City and the lives of its denizens, some of whom are about to discover that they’ve just been made the avatars, or living embodiments, of the city and its five boroughs. And the city needs protecting...
One of the best narrative non-fiction books I’ve read in ages. A witty, informative, and compelling look at human anatomy and physiology told in a way that anyone can understand and enjoy. The Body is a page-turner, definitely Bill Bryson at his best.
A worthy follow-up to Emily St. John Mandel’s excellent novel Station Eleven, with interesting parallels and links throughout, The Glass Hotel is part mystery, part morality tale. Weaving together characters and story-lines that hop across the globe and through time, Mandel’s prose has a dreamlike quality that hooks you and keeps you entranced from start to finish.
It says it right on the cover, this book is Little and Weird and wonderful. Jenny Slate has a sense of humor that is quirky and whimsical, with an almost meditative quality. Her prose is lyrical and melodic, but never crosses completely into poetry. Each chapter feels like its own little gift - a little, weird, lovely gift.
Is spending all this time cooped up inside making you itch for a good murder mystery? Something that will make your breath catch, your heart pound and your spine tingle? Look no further than M. L. Rio’s If We Were Villains - a riveting tale of passion, betrayal and friendship set at a theatre conservatory, this is the perfect book for someone who loves The Secret History or Station Eleven.
"Believe. If you are to survive, you must believe."
A modern fantasy classic, chock full of mythology and mystery. Gaiman is a master at misdirection and subverting your expectations until the final plot twist. Incredible, magical and impossible to put down. (Also now a series on STARZ!)
A masterpiece of magical realism and speculative fiction. David Mitchell does an amazing job of sculpting characters that perplex and enthrall. As the tale unfolds, you meet 5 different narrators who all connect in fascinating and complex ways, all adding to a gripping, heart-pounding adventure. Be sure to check out Slade House, the companion novella to Bone Clocks, and a wonderfully spooky follow up read.