The Male Mystery Author Cliché I Hate: All the Beautiful Lies, by Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies is a pretty good psychological thriller, but it’s also emblematic of a male mystery author trope I hate. … More The Male Mystery Author Cliché I Hate: All the Beautiful Lies, by Peter Swanson

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The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Book Review

“As Hegel said, tragedy was not the conflict between right and wrong but right and right, a dilemma none of us who wanted participate in history could escape.” The Sympathizer boldly promises to redefine the way you think about the Vietnam War. A lot of that simply comes down to its narrator, a Communist spy … More The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Book Review

Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

“You can’t erase history, or change it. It would be like destroying yourself.” At 36, Tsukuru Tazaki has settled into a determined rut. He has no close friends, no long-term relationships, and no pets. There is nothing tying him to anyone or anything else. His job is ostensibly what he has always been most passionate … More Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage