Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

“I could be something and nothing at the same time. I could be necessary and also invisible. Everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me.” When Ari, a boy full of self-doubt, meets Dante, a boy everyone likes, it seems an unlikely pair, but the boys become friends, best friends,... Continue Reading →

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The Virgin Suicides

“In the end we had the pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained, oddly shaped emptinesses mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn’t name.” It was June when Cecilia Lisbon cut her wrists in the bath, creating a domino effect of unanswered questions among her family... Continue Reading →

Till We Have Faces

“Are the gods not just?” “Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were?” C.S. Lewis wrote Till We Have Faces, his last novel of his life, to retell the Greek tale of Psyche and Cupid through the mouth of her elder sister, Orual, a story he’d been working on for over 35... Continue Reading →

Deathless

“Only a fool is so innocent as to think he can measure up to a woman’s first love, can measure up to deathless.” Koschei the Deathless asked for the girl at the window, a girl named Marya Morevna, who became his bride as well as his undoing. In Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, the classic... Continue Reading →

The Turn of the Screw

“Of course I was under the spell, and the wonderful part is that, even at the time, I perfectly knew I was.” A young governess is hired to take care of a brother and sister at their uncle’s summerhouse in Essex. Initially, everything runs smoothly, but soon the governess begins to notice strangers around the... Continue Reading →

The Penelopiad

“I knew he was tricky and a liar, I just didn’t think he would play his tricks and try out his lies on me.” In The Odyssey Penelope is both the wife of the titular character Odysseus and cousin to Helen of Troy. While she’s the driving force for Odysseus to return home to Ithaca... Continue Reading →

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

  “Now you know, Delgadina, that fame is a very fat lady who doesn’t sleep with you, but when you wake she’s always at the foot of the bed, looking at us.” Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez follows the ninetieth year of an unnamed narrator who celebrates his birthday with “a... Continue Reading →

The Butterfly Garden

  “My secrets are old friends; I would feel like a poor friend if I abandoned them now.” FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are currently investigating “The Garden”, which was run by a man known as The Gardener, who collected “Butterflies”, women he kidnapped then tattooed to resemble the creature. One of the... Continue Reading →

The Daylight Gate

“Only humans can know what it means to strip a human being of being human.” The year is 1612 and King James’ book Daemonologie has taken England by storm. Tensions continue to rise when two women of Pendle Hill are accused of witchcraft and their loved ones try to rescue them by enlisting the help... Continue Reading →

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