Into the Go-Slow – Bridgett M. Davis

Into the Go-Slow highlights the difficulty of understanding the world’s many contrasts and contradictions.

Consumed – David Cronenberg

Consumed’s treatment of exotic and unusual STDs, the line between mental illness and unpleasant insight, uneasy sex, and gore is assured and well executed.

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

What I had thought was going to be a fairly standard teenage narrative was obviously going somewhere else entirely.

Mr. Gwyn – Alessandro Baricco

The result of Baricco’s game of omission could be seen either as an overweight but undefined metaphor, or an eerie suggestion of the ineffable power of words.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki – Haruki Murakami

The real beauty of the books, Colorless Tsukuru and all the rest, comes from the intimate relationship Murakami has with his readers.

The Future for Curious People – Gregory Sherl

Let’s just say that if this book were turned into a sitcom or a summer blockbuster, it would star Zooey Deschanel and Paul Rudd.

10:04 – Ben Lerner

Why do we tell stories, and does reality change just a little when they aren’t true?

Guantanamo – Frank Smith

In a sea of linguistic uncertainty, the locus of meaning, that original word, is more often than not established solely through force.

Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours – Luke B. Goebel

Short sentences are followed by half-page, single-sentence paragraphs that read like David Foster Wallace channeling Hunter S. Thompson.

Writers – Antoine Volodine

Volodine’s writers, as it turns out, write because they must kill.