Category: Literature Reviews

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Armada by Ernest Cline

Long-time readers of Ephemeral Pursuits may recall Ernest Cline’s debut novel Ready Player One that I reviewed a few years back. I’m happy to report back that I’ve got his follow-up effort, Armada in my grubby little...

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Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie

Gutenberg’s Apprentice is Alix Christie’s first novel and an auspicious start to her fiction career. Christie apprenticed to different master printers (Lester Lloyd, the longtime foreman of the Mackenzie & Harris type foundry of...

Night Film by Marisha Pessl 1

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

I’ve been meaning to review Marisha Pessl’s physical book genre-bending novel Night Film for quite some time. Easily one of the best books I read in 2013, it’s not quite as much a book...

{FC} The Circle of Thirteen by William Petrocelli 0

{FC} The Circle of Thirteen by William Petrocelli

If you’ve been searching for an up and coming author of thrillers to supplement your Dan Brown, Simon Toyne, and James Patterson fixes – look no further. William Petrocelli has announced his candidacy with...

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence 0

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Gavin Extence’s debut novel (and the second for the Redhook publishing group) is a stunning bildungsroman about the extraordinary life of one Alex Woods. Unlucky in life by conventional standards, Alex is extremely lucky...

{FC} Scissors by Stephane Michaka, Translated by John Cullen 2

{FC} Scissors by Stephane Michaka, Translated by John Cullen

Literary readers will already know who Raymond Carver is. If by some chance you haven’t heard of Carver, then this book is an absolute delight to read blind, without any prior knowledge. If that’s...

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson 0

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Citizens, gather ’round this blog post. It’s time for America’s Best Story of 2013! Our intrepid hero, Adam Johnson has begun writing a story called ‘The Best North Korean Short Story of 2005’.¹ Eager...

The Twelve by Justin Cronin 0

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

The Twelve is Justin Cronin’s follow-up to The Passage, and is the middle volume of the planned trilogy. Picking up where The Passage left off, we’re left yet again in the lurch by its end....