Wrapping Up 2014 Mini Reviews

Posted December 30, 2014 by LeahAdmin in Reviews / 5 Comments

2014 Mini Reviews
Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 2, 2014
Pages: 256
Genres: Literary Fiction
Format: Galley
Source: Publisher
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This is the last mini review post for a while, I SWEAR.

2014 mini reviews
Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

St. Martin’s Press | Sep. 2, 2014

This slim novel follows two families on either side of the devastating Sri Lankan civil war. Munaweera’s prose is dreamy and evocative, but this book fell short of my expectations. One family’s story is developed much more than the other’s, and I was disappointed by the lack of balance. However, the author’s prose is beautiful enough that I will be curious to see what she does next.

Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis

Soho Press | Sep. 9, 2014

Rainey Royal is the beautiful, provocative teenage daughter of a jazz musician in 1970s Greenwich Village. Although she is glamorous and charismatic on the outside, she has some serious demons to battle: the myriad young “acolytes” shacking up with her father, the inappropriate night-time visits of his best friend, and the various struggles of growing up in a broken world. I really enjoyed this novel in stories, which follows Rainey into adulthood as she grows up, deals with her hidden vulnerability, and tries to nurture her artistic soul.

See You In Paradise by J. Robert Lennon

Graywolf Press | Nov. 4, 2014

A portal to another universe discovered in a suburban backyard. A dead loser friend who is brought back to life. A roommate who sculpts a more-than-lifelike replica of his own head out of clay. A list of accursed items. These are the stories that inhabit J. Robert Lennon’s collection of short fiction, which draws on 15 years of work. These pieces are delightfully odd, charmingly bizarre, and darkly comic.

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer

St. Martin’s Press | Jul. 1, 2014

When two astronomers meet at the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, it’s love at first sight. But what happens when they find out that their mothers raised them from birth to be soul mates? I had heard great things about Lydia Netzer’s books, but I was sadly let down by this novel. I enjoyed her quirky style at times, but I just could not get on board with the instalove. The whole thing felt more contrived and less philosophical than I had hoped.

  • Aaahhhh I felt like I should read How To Tell Toledo, but the soul mates thing made me wary. Now I feel much more confident about not reading it, and I won’t! Thanks for enabling my inactivity haha.

  • I read Netzer’s book Shine Shine Shine, and did not enjoy it, so I stayed away from this one. Sounds like I made the right decision. One less for the wishlist……..whew 🙂

  • Toledo wasn’t my thing either. One of my few DNFs of the year.