V2: A Novel of World War Two

Set just prior to the end of the Second World War, Robert Harris’ V2 depicts Germany’s last-ditch effort to turn the tide in its favor with the development and deployment of their V2 ballistic missile.  The story follows two main characters – Kay Connolly, an ambitious British solider, and Willi Graf, a fictional colleague of…

The Kingdom

The Kingdom follows two brothers, Carl and Roy Opgard, as they attempt to bring prosperity to their sleepy Norwegian town.  But at what cost?  Carl and his new wife Shannon, have a great idea – construct a picturesque hotel on the beautiful mountainside overlooking the village – but their financing plan and the two brothers’…

Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems, Allie Brosh’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed first book, Hyperbole and a Half, had a lot to live up to.  Like many people, I’ve been waiting for this book for years.  The book had been plagued with delays leaving her readers believing that the book may never actually see the light…

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Best friends Abby and Gretchen have been inseparable since the fifth grade.  Now in high school, their friendship is stronger than ever.  Or is it?  Following an evening where Abby, Gretchen and their two friends partake in a little drug experimentation, Gretchen wanders off into the woods.  When Gretchen returns a few hours later, Abby…

Firestarter

Two college students take part in an experimental government drug trial that leaves them with unexpected mental powers.  A few years later, after marrying, they have a child who inherits their abilities as well as new and destructive.. talents.  Charlie McGee, the offspring of the aforementioned government test subjects, is a human Zippo lighter.  She…

Hell House

An old man is dying and wishes to know if there is an afterlife.  As his final act, he hires three people to spend a week in Hell House, a haunted house in rural Maine, to ultimately verify the existence of a world beyond ours.  Two mediums, Florence Tanner and Benjamin Fischer, accompany physicist Lionel…

Carrie

Everybody hates Carrie. Poor Carrie White.  She gets it from everyone and she can’t even find solace at home.  Her Mother is a straight-up monster.  What happens when you push someone to their brink?  What happens when they have telekinetic powers? A few years ago, I stepped into a used bookstore and I picked up…