The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami

Book Review: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

Weird. Wonderful. However you want to describe the work of Haruki Murakami, there is one thing that no one can deny: his writing is one of a kind. I’ve been a huge fan of Haruki Murakami for many years now. He’s definitely on my top ten writers of all time list. And previously on Why Words Work, I’ve gushed about how much I’ve loved his … Continue reading Book Review: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

The Emerald Circus - Jane Yolen - Tachyon Publications

Book Review: The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

I received my copy of ‘The Emerald Circus’ via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to Tachyon Publications for this book! For more information about the book and publisher, click here.   Rewriting fairy-tales, folk stories and classical literature is not anything new. Writers have been reshaping old stories to reflect the times they live in ever since the written word began. … Continue reading Book Review: The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night - Jen Campbell - Two Roads

Book Review: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

I received my copy of ‘The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night’ via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to Two Roads Books for this book! For more information about the book and publisher, click here.   After finishing The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell, I wandered, wide eyed and … Continue reading Book Review: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

Book Review: The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle

I received my copy of ‘The Overneath’ from NetGalley. Huge thanks to Tachyon Publications for the ARC! Please support the book’s official release: November 7th 2017 Before this book, I had never heard of Peter S. Beagle. And as of right now, my only knowledge of his most famous work, The Last Unicorn, is a few snippets of the 80’s cartoon movie, and a brilliant … Continue reading Book Review: The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle

Book Review: Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

The sign of a good short story is similar to the sign of a catchy song. It gets stuck in your head, churning in an endless loop, until you have no choice but to read it again. But unlike a song, a good short story never loses this effect. While a catchy song might fade away, the short story becomes a movie: it replays on … Continue reading Book Review: Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

A Book Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Fairytales. As a type of story designed to pass from hand to hand, reader to reader, writer to writer, these classic tales have been re-told to us in hundreds of different ways, by hundreds of different artists. From hollywood movies to comic books, fairytales have a way of capturing our imaginations like no other form of storytelling. Today, I want to share with you my … Continue reading A Book Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

A Book Review: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Speculative fiction, as the name suggests, is designed to take the world we know and put it under the imaginative microscope. What if you could travel back in time, if only for a moment? What if paper tigers could come to life? What does it mean to be human? Often times, these questions lead to lengthy, immersive worlds. Fantastical plots and characters underlined by traces … Continue reading A Book Review: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

A Book Review: See you in Paradise by J. Robert Lennon

A great premise doesn’t always result in a well told story; a well told story doesn’t always originate from a great sounding premise. This is the careful balance a short story writer must tread when deciding which stories make the cut for a collection. On the one hand, you want to choose a selection of stories that take their own angle on a particular theme. … Continue reading A Book Review: See you in Paradise by J. Robert Lennon

A Book Review: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

“…When I hear people calling Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad “a novel,” I get utterly confused. This is because A Visit from the Goon Squad is without doubt one of the most unconventional – and structurally ingenious – pieces of fiction I have ever read…” Continue reading A Book Review: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan