Book Review: The Cat Who Saved Books

The Cat Who Saved Booksby Sōsuke Natsukawa, translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal KawaiFantasy208 pagesOriginally published in 2017Expected US publication date: December 7, 2021 After the unexpected death of his beloved and bookish grandfather, unassuming high school student Rintaro Natsuke is preparing to close the doors of the secondhand bookshop his grandfather ran for … Continue reading Book Review: The Cat Who Saved Books

Book Review: Observations by Gaslight

Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock HolmesLyndsay FayeMystery/Historical Fiction295 pagesExpected publication: December 7, 2021, by Penzler Publishers The first Sherlock Holmes pastiche stories were published before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his last story about the famed detective, and the trend isn't likely to end any time soon. Observations by Gaslight is … Continue reading Book Review: Observations by Gaslight

Book Review: Around the World in 80 Books

Around the World in 80 Books by David DamroschNonfiction432 pagesPublished: November 16, 2021 by Penguin Publishing Group In January 2020, David Damrosch was developing a plan. He was going to follow in the footsteps of Jules Verne's legendary hero, Phileas Fogg, and travel around the world and in so doing, reflect on the books he … Continue reading Book Review: Around the World in 80 Books

Book Review: The Goblin Emperor

The Goblin Emperorby Katherine AddisonFantasy448 pagesPublished in 2014 After an airship crash kills Emperor Varenechibal IV and his eldest three sons, Varenechibal's fourth and ill-favored son Maia ascends to the imperial throne as ruler of the elflands. The only child of a loveless political marriage, Maia was relegated to a dreary former hunting lodge after … Continue reading Book Review: The Goblin Emperor

Book Review: A Memory Called Empire

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1)by Arkady MartineScience FictionPublished in 2019 Mahit Dzmare is a young ambassador fulfilling a lifelong ambition: to travel from her home on the independent Lsel Station to the vast Teixcalaan Empire, whose culture she has long been obsessed with. Complex, cosmopolitan, and endlessly self-referential, Teixcalaan expands in two ways: through … Continue reading Book Review: A Memory Called Empire