Books

J.G. Walker: Book Review – The Delphi Room by Melia McClure

“My mother was on her way over the day I hung myself.” With this startling, mysterious line, author Melia McClure begins The Delphi Room, a fascinating and engrossing novel that is at times beautiful, heartbreaking, terrifying, and perplexing. It’s even funny. Often, it’s all of these things simultaneously. After taking her own life, a young
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J.G. Walker: My Favorites of 2013

Generally, 2013 was an okay year–not bad but not exceptional, either–but it was a decent year for entertainment, at least from my perspective. To anyone who claims there’s nothing good to read or watch out there, I say they’re not looking in the right places. Or they’re not looking at all. Here, in no particular order,
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J.G. Walker: Book Review - A Dark, Weird Ride: Corrosion by Jon Bassoff

Here’s the way I described Jon Bassoff’s Corrosion to a friend recently: Dark, hallucinatory, a bit like Cormac McCarthy meets Robert Stone meets David Lynch meets Flannery O’Connor. And then they all get drunk and write a story together. Not blind drunk, mind you—just enough to lose all their inhibitions. That’s why I didn’t mention
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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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J.G. Walker - Book Review: Conspiracy, Tapeworms, and a Touch of Mad Science in Mira Grant's Parasite

If you’re looking for a novel that will keep you turning the pages, second-guessing every medication you’ve ever taken, and overanalyzing that recent upset stomach that kept you up a few nights ago, Mira Grant’s new novel Parasite may be the book for you.   Sally Mitchell is an unusual young woman. After being injured
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