Author: Erin Larson

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Hey Girl, I Heard You Like Books With “Girl” in the Title: Reflecting on Five Years of Gone Girl

This essay contains spoilers for Gone Girl. Gone Girl came into the world on May 24th, 2012, and the five years since its publication have seen a seismic shift in literature as authors and publishers scrambled to create “the next Gone Girl.” The influence of Gillian Flynn’s novel can be seen not just in the … [Read More]

“The Beach” by Alex Garland

The Beach By Alex Garland While reading The Beach, the emotion I felt most frequently was anger. Not because the book was bad—quite the opposite. I felt angry because this book is really good, and it seems to have been collectively forgotten by the literary world despite critical acclaim and commercial success upon its release … [Read More]

“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman Looking back, Norse Mythology seems like an inevitable project for Neil Gaiman; his enormous body of work is chock-full of references, explicit and implicit, to Odin, Thor, Loki and various other characters and locations that stem from the Norse myths he elects to (re)tell here in their unaltered and unmitigated … [Read More]

“A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness Original concept by Siobhan Dowd Let’s get this out of the way: A Monster Calls is a story about cancer. It’s not a secret and it’s not subtle, which typically equates to a deluge of trite sentimentality intended to cheaply manipulate you, the reader, into crying like a baby. … [Read More]

“Keys to the Kingdom” by Garth Nix

Reviewed by Aaron Larson A normal young boy stumbles into a magical world which he is expected to save. That is the premise of Harry Potter, the most popular story of our time, and countless other books and movies and shows. It is also the premise of Garth Nix’s seven-book YA series The Keys to … [Read More]

“Blankets” by Craig Thompson

Reviewed by Aaron Larson Craig Thompson’s semi-autobiographical work Blankets is something of a contemporary classic in the realm of graphic novels; unfortunately, “the realm of graphic novels” has yet to be truly accepted into the realm of “real literature” (although progress is certainly being made). The book is a brick, weighing in at nearly six … [Read More]

“The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides

Reviewed by Aaron Larson “There is only one really serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Deciding whether or not life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question in philosophy. All other questions follow from that.” —Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus I can’t imagine a more appropriate quotation with which to begin … [Read More]