Mr Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett

“The young ones smiled through their hunger and dreamed only of biting the horizon, of the great iron machines eating up earth beneath their wheels, and of freedom.” There’s a Steinbeck-esque feel between these pages, to the Great Depression backdrop to the broken down automobiles to the darkness creeping in on the edges. Problem is,…

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

“A good one sacrifices everything to win, and stabs who he must however he can. The great warrior is the one who still breathes when the crows feast. The great king is the one who watches the carcasses of his enemies burn. Let Father Peace spill tears over the methods. Mother War smiles upon results.”…

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

“Nothing is so painful to the human being as a great and sudden change.” Everything you know is a lie. In fact, every single pop culture reference you think of when Frankenstein comes to mind is probably false. It’s why I have trust issues. But more than that, it’s why you should read this book. Simple…

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins

“His clothes and skin stank of hopelessness and self-disgust and other people’s blood.” For me to be immersed in a novel, I need a strong atmosphere and great dialogue. The most bittersweet thing about Peter Higgins debut, Wolfhound Century, is that he captures the bleak landscape and time period in such a brilliant way, yet…