Review of The Eye of Cybele by Daniel Chavarrìa

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/ Books-A-Million/Goodreads Daniel Chavarrìa’s fifth century B.C. Athens is not the ancient city we learned about it middle school Social Studies.  Of course certain elements we might remember from seventh grade echo throughout The Eye of Cybele—the mention of Olympian heavyweights Athena, Apollo, and Dionysus; the lore surrounding the original Olympic games (before…

Review of ADAM by Ariel Schrag

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Noble (Nook Edition)/Kobo/Books-A-Million      ADAM is Ariel Schrag’s first published novel; however, she has been a published graphic memoirist, documenting her tumultuous high school experiences, for over fifteen years. Her novel thus simultaneously suffers some of the issues common in first novels and demonstrates the polished story-telling considerations taken…

Review of Red Doc> by Anne Carson

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Books-A-Million   Review written by Jonathan E. Book Published by: Knopf/Vintage I’ve always been one to believe that we dream while asleep to make sense of the world in ways we cannot do while awake. For the most part, our waking life is dictated by the rational; we know…

Review of The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shephed

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo/Goodreads (All formats) Published by: Atria Books (Simon Schuster) Review written by Jonathan E. Upon my completion of reading Lloyd Shepherd’s novel The Poisoned Island, my only initial negative reaction was toward its title, which I felt rang of a cheesy, plastic beach read one might come across in…

Review of Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka by Jay Cantor

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo/Google Books Published by: Knopf, Doubleday Review written by: Jonathan E. Throughout history, certain artists and celebrities have carried a mystique that transcends their work itself.  Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Babe Ruth, Miles Davis, John F. Kennedy; although all are famous for their specific contributions to art and…

Review of American Pastoral By Philip Roth

  Amazon (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo Published by: Vintage/Random House Review Written by: Jonathan E. “Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen round in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books…

Review of William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration

Amazon (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo Review Written by: Jonathan E. Written by: William Peter Blatty Published by:Tor Books   For those of you unfamiliar with or distanced enough to forget this particular scene in the groundbreaking 1973 horror film The Exorcist, the “up there” to which Regan is referring is the moon. …

Review of The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas LLosa

Review written by Jonathan E. Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/ Barnes and Nobles(Nook Edition)/Kobo Book Published by: Picador Books One of my favorite paradoxes that exists between literature and its readers is literature’s ability  to compel its readers to want to go places to which they don’t really want to go. When I open my brand new…