Trespassing in an Alternate World

Sometimes the more interesting essays are the ones that you feel don’t get it quite right – the ones that have an intriguing premise but ultimately don’t pan out. That’s because these are the essays that help you step outside your worldview and think a bit in real time. An essay that’s dead wrong is…

It Follows (Review)

Trolling around the internet, I didn’t find many negative opinions about It Follows. It’s notable that the two I did both had the same complaint: it can’t stick to its own rules. That’s what I was fixated on too while watching it: the rules – what they were, and whether they worked. Those reviews, by…

The Changeling – 1980 (Review)

If you were writing a manor ghost story set in America, where would you put the house? Connecticut? New York? Savannah? New Orleans? Everyone will have his own list, of course, but Seattle is at the top of none of them. It’s just not the sort of place you think of for a manor ghost…

Gone Girl (Review)

Let’s get one thing straight: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is overrated, but that doesn’t keep it from being excellent. What does that mean? Mostly it means that the book fails on a lot of the terms that people think it succeeds, but it still manages to succeed where it counts. Let’s explore. It’s only fair…

Bad Glass – Review

Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass is one of those books that seems a whole lot better than it is. When I finished this, I was pretty enthusiastic about it. The more I thought about it, the more it came apart. The premise is excellent. Spokane (of all places) has been quarrantined for reasons that are not…

Five Mile House – Review

Karen Novak is such a good writer that you don’t notice until you put it down that Five Mile House doesn’t exactly work. But it’s true, unfortunately. There are a lot of questions left unanswered, and not in the good way that you believe there are answers just out of your reach, but rather in…