Fantasy · Historical Fiction · Magical Realism

The Haunting of Tram Car 015

I’d checked this one out of the library a few months ago and never got around to it before another hold got placed on it, so I had to bring it back. But then I saw that Clark is apparently coming out with a full novel set in this same world and it gave me… Continue reading The Haunting of Tram Car 015

Magical Realism

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

I feel like I had vaguely heard of this one somewhere, but it really came to my attention when it was featured last month (maybe the month before?) on my library’s Hoopla app. The cover looked so cute and, like I said, it sounded a little familiar, so I clicked on it to learn more.… Continue reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Contemporary Literature · Historical Fiction · Magical Realism

The Thirty Names of Night

I read Joukhadar's first novel, The Map of Salt and Stars, a few years ago and LOVED IT. It made my Top Ten Reads of 2019 list, actually. So, I was freaking PSYCHED to see his second novel get published. And, this cover is gorgeous. That's about all I have to say about this "I knew… Continue reading The Thirty Names of Night

Contemporary Literature · Magical Realism

Sharks in the Time of Saviors

I first, and really only, saw this one posted about by @readingismagical on bookstagram. And there was something about the vibe of the title/cover/blurb, plus her super positive review, that made me feel like I was going to like it. Additionally, I don't think I've ever read anything by a native Hawaiian before. And now that… Continue reading Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Contemporary Literature · Young Adult

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

The title of this book put it solidly on my radar as soon as I heard about it (I mean, it’s a fantastic freaking title…so much imagery just from that single phrase!). And once I read the description, the deal was sealed. I had hoped to get to it during #ReadCaribbean (as hosted by @bookofciz… Continue reading The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Contemporary Literature · Magical Realism · Short Stories

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

This collection has been on my radar for a while. With a title like that, it’s one that sticks out and sticks with you. But I am not often in the mood for story collections, so it stayed on the periphery for quite some time. However, I have to say, I think I am coming… Continue reading What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Historical Fiction · Magical Realism · Translations

The House of the Spirits

I have read a number of things by Isabel Allende over the years, starting with Zorro, when I was really probably to young to appreciate Allende’s prose, because my brothers and I were obsessed with the movie The Mask of Zorro, starring Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. I cannot tell you how many… Continue reading The House of the Spirits