One Sentence Reviews: June 2018

I have not been reading very many new releases lately.  I took one look at my bookshelves and realized that they had become a crowded, doubled-up nightmare and I decided to focus my attentions on the books that have been sitting in to-read limbo on my Goodreads since 2007.  So here it is!  The books that are no longer relevant and don’t warrant full, dedicated reviews with my thoughts on each nicely summed up in a single sentence.

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“Star Wars: Into the Void” by Tim Lebbon

I can’t help but feel as if the Star Wars franchise has one story to tell and that they just keep retelling that one story over and over again.

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Review: “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink

My first introduction to the “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast was through a friend (isn’t it always?).  I’m not really a podcast person but I found myself charmed with the 20-odd minutes spent with Cecil Baldwin – the voice of Night Vale’s community radio.  I was excited, therefore, when the book was announced.  I mean, quirky, supernatural, AND tongue-in-cheek?  What’s not to like?!

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Review: “The Boy Who Drew Monsters” by Keith Donohue

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on October 7, 2014 by Picador.

When I first started reading “The Boy Who Drew Monsters”, I was instantly transported back to my childhood.  I was a slightly odd kid, with a love of everything horror.  Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Christopher Pike – I just couldn’t get enough.  Keith Donohue’s new novel brings me back to those authors of my youth.  Make no mistake, this is not meant as a compliment.  On the whole, “The Boy Who Drew Monsters” feels dated, akin to some schlocky horror paperback from the 1980’s.

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Review: “The Anatomy of Dreams” by Chloe Benjamin

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on September 16, 2014 by Atria Books.

My first impression of “The Anatomy of Dreams” is that it reads similar to all of the Gothic Fiction I was so taken with in college.  It’s a beautifully written, highly atmospheric novel, which is essentially a coming of age tale that unfolds within a psychological thriller.  I use that term lightly, however, since everything Benjamin does in “The Anatomy of Dreams” is subtle.

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