Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves is a story of terror and love. Using frame-style narratives, Danielewski draws us into two tales: Johnny Truant’s story is told through his diary entries; Will Navidson’s through videotape.  Johnny Truant, a troubled and increasingly paranoid employee in an L.A. tattoo parlor, discovers the writings of a reclusive old man […]


Winter. Series 1

Winter. Series 1

In the pilot episode of this intelligently written crime series, Detective Sergeant Eve Winter is pulled back from her calm and comfortable desk job to head a crack team investigating the disappearance of a 15 year-old teenage girl in a small Australian town outside Sydney. When a grave is discovered on an abandoned industrial site […]


Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

The best four-word summary for this series is “Nancy Drew gone wild,” which is high praise, in my opinion. It makes the most of its Roaring ‘20s setting and glamorous heroine. Phryne Fisher is not without her flaws, and she is not unscathed by life, but she is refreshingly free of needless self-doubt and insecurity, […]


Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame offers Anglophiles (like me!) a treat here with a story of class, scandal, propriety and illegitimacy set in England in the early 1840s. It’s chock full of atmospheric descriptions and characterizations that are, let’s say, thin-ish but not mere caricatures either. The story first flashes back to 1815 on the […]


Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

A refreshing change from the usual vampire novels. This is a much darker and edgier version, and very well-written. But be forewarned: this book will leave you with a near-obsessive desire to get your hands on some fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls. Try to read in the vicinity of a bakery, if possible.


The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Set in poverty-stricken Ireland about a decade after the worst of the potato famine, we meet Lib Wright, a “Nightingale,” a highly-trained nurse who learned her craft during the Crimean War from Florence Nightingale herself. She is sent from London to take on a very unusual assignment: the close and constant observation of 11-year old […]


Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino

I knew I was not the only one who loves serial killers…and this book proves it.  Detailing the collections of 17 individuals, this book gives you a peek into the macabre.  From shrunken heads and mummified hands to John Wayne Gacy Clown paintings and a hangman’s noose, these collectors don’t shy away from what makes […]


The Accountant

The Accountant

This was not the movie I was expecting…it was SO MUCH better.  From the previews it looked like a damsel in distress love story, therefore making it not all that interesting but, I assure you, it’s not.  Ben Affleck stars as an autistic accountant with certain murderous extra-curricular activities.  It sounds intriguing enough, but the […]


The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

From the author of “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “Constantine.” Felix Castor sees dead people…but then again, so does everyone else in this particularly hard-boiled version of a modern, haunted London. The difference is, Felix is an exorcist, and he can banish troublesome ghosts…unless he runs across a spirit too strong for him, […]


The Buffalo Hunter by Zane Grey

The Buffalo Hunter by Zane Grey

I love a good Western , don’t you? But my enjoyment has come mostly from the movies and TV programs of the 50s and 60s, not books. Sure, I did read a couple of more “literary” novels set in the West (think Lonesome Dove or The Ox-Bow Incident). And although I’m quite aware of all […]