Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

When Harry Potter came out in 1997, it was exactly the wrong time for me. I was too mature for the target demographic but not mature enough to realize there’s nothing wrong with enjoying books written for a younger audience. Plus there was the whole *magic* thing, but let’s not get started on my pearl-clutchy, uptight […]

The Lola Quartet; Or, We All Make Mistakes

After the near-spiritual experience that was Station Eleven, I was almost afraid to read another book by Emily St. John Mandel. I didn’t want to be disappointed. Picking up The Lola Quartet felt like heeding a siren song; thrilling and dangerous, but mostly a dubious endeavor. I was worried for nothing. The book is written less […]

What Dreams May Come

I am given to understand that my relationship to dreaming is a strange one. We all dream, multiple times per night, in segments lasting anywhere from 5-20 minutes. These dreams are frequently complex, featuring multiple characters, emotional, and rich (though not usually in terms of color – most people report seeing pastel tones). Often, dreams contain […]

Who Fears Death; Or, I Don’t Know Anything About The World

I finished the second half of Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor in one sitting. Finishing this book was like a death. Okorafor had been preparing us for the ending, purposefully and specifically, since very early on. Yet, I couldn’t let myself imagine its coming. This book is so difficult, so strange, so heart-wrenching that […]