Book Review – Groteseque, by Natsuo Kirino

I’ve never been drawn to murder mystery novels, particularly those of American stock. I loved Edgar Allen Poe in high school, and still do, but feel that most of the current murder fiction out there is predictable and mediocre. Our national fascination with murder mysteries is itself incredible. We are a country both awe-struck and terrified of…

Book Review – Precarious Japan, by Anne Allison

Precarious Japan is a book published in 2013, not long after Japan’s massive earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown tragedy in March of 2011. It’s a socioeconomic look at modern Japan, where it’s at and potentially where it’s headed. What struck me most while reading through Precarious Japan was how familiar it felt. I live in the United States, a…

A Book Review – The Word for World is Forest, by Ursula Le Guin

The title of Ursula LeGuin’s novel about a foreign planet full of humanoid creatures that worship nature and dreaming isn’t fully understood until the point in the novel where one of her characters likens our use of the word “earth” to mean both our planet and that dirt stuff we walk around on, but once that…