Christian's Book Reviews

Monday Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: October 4, 2021

Everybody hates Mondays!  But when Monday goes missing, the other days realize that we all have an important job to do.  This is a very funny, very adorable book about taking the good with the not-so-good.

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: August 27, 2021

An epic adventure set in a world rich with lore featuring some breathtaking artwork. 

Bea and Cad are unlikely friends who set off on a quest to find her father (a pig wizard) and save the world from eternal darkness.  You won't be able to put this one down until you're done.

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: August 27, 2021

This is a love letter to slasher movies on the surface, but it's also a brilliant meditation on colonialism, gentrification, and trauma. Jones is a master of horror and he's also able to deftly weave intensely human elements with supernatural horror.  Chainsaw is visceral and painful, but such an amazing piece of fiction.  

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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: July 23, 2021

This novel is a real feat of blending genres.  Moreno-Garcia infuses postcolonial gothic horror with culture and race yielding evocative and terrifying results.  High House is just a deliciously creepy setting and a character all on its own.  This is an instant classic and not just for fans of the dark and spooky.  

Survivor Song: A Novel Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: August 23, 2020

Tremblay seems oddly prescient, having written this horror story about a viral pandemic well before 2020 tried to make fiction a reality. What separates this from other apocalyptic, end-of-the-world stories is the intimacy and care Tremblay treats it with.  The novel focuses on two best friends brought together by a viral horror, and everything they do to survive.  You've read these stories before, but the quiet, personal moments add a layer that take Survivor Song to the next level.  Even if you're wary of a pandemic story, it's worth reading this one for the glimpes of hope and survival.

The Only Good Indians Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: July 30, 2020

This is a near perfect literary horror novel.  It’s the story of childhood friends from a Blackfeet reservation haunted by a hunting incident from their pasts. Jones takes violent, revenge horror and brilliantly laces it with cultural identity, dark humor, and sorrow.  It makes you think and drives into your emotions, all while scaring the daylights out of you. By far my favorite read of the year thus far.