Book Review – Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead (HarperCollins, 2004) is a novel that shouldn't work but does. And masterfully so. There's not much action and there's even less dialogue and yet Robinson keeps the tension tight and the reader engaged. John Ames is in his late seventies and he knows he will die soon. He doesn't have much in the way… Continue reading Book Review – Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Book Review – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The cutesy cover and title of The Rosie Project (HarperCollins, 2013) might keep you away from this novel. But if you give it a chance, you'll likely find yourself hooked pretty quickly. I laughed for the first time on page 3 when the narrator, Don, says this: "I would have been satisfied with our relationship...but… Continue reading Book Review – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Book Review – Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

This is the third novel by Michael Chabon that I've read. (Read my reviews of The Yiddish Policemen's Union or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.) Obviously, I enjoy his writing. Telegraph Avenue (HarperCollins, 2012) has Chabon's usual blend of colourful imagery and quirky characters bumbling about in a finely-realized setting. Telegraph Avenue revolves… Continue reading Book Review – Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon