One minute book reviews – December 2015

 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Ever wonder why you didn’t join that one weird college clique? Maybe because they would have tried to drag you into an elaborate plot to murder somebody. As you watch each of the characters of this brilliant book come slowly undone, you should wallow smugly in your excellent life choices.
You’ll like it if:
You like a page-turner that makes you pause to pick up your dictionary.

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor By Mark Schatzker
You were born with the ability to distinguish healthy food from unhealthy food using your taste buds. And you’d still be doing it too, if it weren’t for all those artificial flavors, nutritional enhancements, and modern farming practices.
You’ll like it if:
You don’t mind hating yourself for thinking, “mmmm, Doritos” every time you pick it up.

Injection Volume 1 by Warren Ellis
Magic + Secret Agents + Computer Science. It’s a slow-builder, that leaves you thinking that it’s just getting good.
You’ll like it if:
You’ve ever wished you were a wizard/secret agent/scientist. But, who hasn’t, really?

Wytches Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
Maybe Sailor Rook murdered her bully, or maybe she watched her get ripped apart by wytches. Not sweet pagan, earth mama witches, but nasty looking skeletal creatures that will jump you, drag you into a hollowed out tree and eat your face. The good news is they have magical powers like the ability to heal the sick, but the bad news is they only use their magic if they get a human sacrifice.
You’ll like it if:
You’ve never been alone in the forest, and felt suddenly, creepily sure that someone was watching you.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
Zoey, the sassy heroine, is a barista who lives in a trailer park, and has the unfortunate bad luck of being the illegitimate daughter of a ruthless gangster who just died and left her both his fortune and his enemies.  Did I mention exploding cybernetic implants, excessive use of holograms, fetishist hit men, the world’s nastiest cat, and as the title suggests, a lot of fancy outfits.
You’ll like it if:
You ever wished someone would cross Goodfellas with the Terminator, but make it, like, super ridiculous.

The Mystery of Lewis Carroll: Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created “Alice in Wonderland”by Jenny Woolf
A lot of incendiary things have been said about Lewis Carroll over the years, but this author takes a more anthropological approach, attempting  to understand him through the eyes of his contemporaries. From that perspective we get a picture of a man who was remembered as both fussy and charming in the way he balanced his devout religiousness with his unconventional quirks.
You’ll like it if:
You’ve ever wondered what a Victorian hipster would be like.

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