Tag Archives: Book Reviews

How the soldier repairs the gramophone: a reading coup de foudre?

“My father spends entire weekends in his studio. A painter must never be satisfied with what he sees – painting reality means surrendering to it, he cries when I knock at the door to say the air’s leaking out of my soccer ball, or the inner tube of my bike tire.”

A love note to Giambattista Basile

“Oh, wretched is the woman that lets herself be impregnated by the words of men…” Giambattista Basile (The Tale of Tales 192)

25¢ Miso Soup

It’s been a while since I’ve done a 25¢ review, but it’s also been a while since I visited the public library, alas. If only the university library sold books too… That said, here’s the first of the new batch for you: In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami (trans. Ralph McCarthy) A gruesome psycho-thriller […]

A 25¢ Southern cavity

I’d say I’m sorry far having written nothing in an embarrassingly long time but it’s the sunniest summer I’ve seen in years so I’d be lying if I did! That said, I’ll try to be good from now on. Cards and Crows by Joseph Helgerson A tepid adventure novel narrated by a cutesy, bumbling, Southern […]

Putting my 25¢ in

25¢ Book Review #5 – Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann The characters that populate this 1940s-and-onward family-saga-cum-murder-mystery are frustratingly life-like: at once sympathetic and repellant. Like a train wreck, it is hard to look away.

When 25¢ is 25¢ too much

I was actually really excited when I found this book in the library’s ‘for sale’ rack. I’d got it out of the library when I was in high school but a friend of mine ended up reading it instead of me and I’ve always meant to go back and rectify that situation. And here was […]

25¢’s worth of ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’

One of the rare books on the Library discard shelf I’d already heard of. A Thousand Splendid Suns  by Khaled Hosseini Long on my ‘to read’ list, this was a disappointment. A beautiful love story undermined by flat characterization and an unfortunate caricature for a villain. Also, for the curious, to make a ‘cent’ sign […]