J.G. Walker

J.G. Walker: Book Review- King Albert, Colonialism, and a Magic Lotus in Kay Kenyon's A Thousand Perfect Things

Kay Kenyon’s A Thousand Perfect Things is similar in some ways to Susanna Clarke’s 2004 novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It takes place in a slightly askew, alternate, but recognizable reality, and it involves magic, though perhaps not the kind of magic we might expect. In Kenyon’s nineteenth century, Anglica (a version of England) is
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Room 237: Interpreting Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a tricky film to describe, much less to pin down to a genre. Notice that I don’t say The Shining or even Stephen King’s The Shining, mostly because, although King’s novel is unusual, effective, worthy of discussion in itself, and, oh, one of the scariest books I’ve ever read, Kubrick’s
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J.G. Walker- My Ten Favorite Novels: The Twelve Book Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what draws me to certain stories and, most importantly, what draws me back to those stories again and again, inspiring me to spend valuable time re-reading them when I could be devouring new books. Plus, everyone else is making lists, so why can’t I? Seriously, though, I feel
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Book Review: William Meikle's The Hole

Willam Meikle’s novel The Hole begins with the following ominous line: “The hum started just after midnight.” Simple, concise, and creepy. In case we didn’t gather it from that opener, Meikle wastes no time letting us know that not only is there a problem in the small town in which The Hole is set, but that the
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