Most reviewers choose this time to look back at works from the previous year, to either praise or pan, and to look forward to works that they are eager to read in the next.
So who am I to break with tradition?
Well, I will go along with that, to a degree.
Instead of waxing rhapsodic or scathing about books from last year, I’ve decided to simply bring back some of the best books I’ve read from 2019, and give them full reviews.
One of the best things about being a reviewer is the thrill of stumbling upon a diamond in the rough, and I am sure that I will discover many such gems this year. I also have a bunch of works scheduled that I can‘t wait to share, such as the latest installments in Alexandra Sokoloff’s Huntress/FBI series, Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children books, and the final (is it?) episode of the Athena Society by Theodora Goss.
I’ll also be checking out several books that have generated some serious buzz, such as The Only Good Indians by Seth Graham Jones, Things in Jars by Jess Kidd, Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey, The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, and The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.
So strap in and get ready for a fun year.
Written by Mark J. Palm
There was a time long ago when Stephen King had only about half a dozen published works to his name. A time when most of the Literary community thought that the novel of horror was about as welcome as a fart in church. Things have changed since then. The success of the aforementioned Mr. King may have had a bit to do with that. The oddest thing, for those of us who have taken classes in nineteenth-century fiction, was how many books on the syllabus were works of horror. So, in honor of the only season that changes my reading habits, here is my take on horror novels and stories for Halloween.