Eat the Apple, by Matt Young

Several months back, I proofread a rather in-depth and informative interview between the Editor-in-Chief of Split Lip and Matt Young, who had just written an Iraq war memoir called Eat the Apple. Imagine my surprise and delight when said Editor-in-Chief announced that Matt would be coming on board as our Memoir Editor! I learned a … Continue reading Eat the Apple, by Matt Young

A Touch of Gold, by Annie Sullivan

I’m prematurely proud of this review—not for myself, but for the fact that I’m reviewing the book of a fellow Butler University MFA alumnus. I actually got to meet Annie Sullivan, the author of today’s book, when she gave a reading this fall at Butler, and since then, I’ve been anxious to read what was … Continue reading A Touch of Gold, by Annie Sullivan

The Shape of Water, by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Many times, when I talk to people about filmmakers like Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro, they say something about loose screws, and in a voice that suggests mild insanity. Nothing makes me angrier than when people dismiss creativity as nothing more than a fleeting fancy of mental illness or drug use, because, sometimes, imagination … Continue reading The Shape of Water, by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

The Light Between Worlds, by Laura E. Weymouth

When I picked up this latest fantasy offering about faraway worlds and magical adventures, I was not expecting so much melancholy. Especially after my previous reading disaster, I was ready for something that would transport and enthrall me in every way the last book did not. I got what I wanted, but I really did … Continue reading The Light Between Worlds, by Laura E. Weymouth

Jack the Giant Killer, by Charles de Lint

I cannot remember the last time a fairy tale retelling left me feeling so indifferent. Honestly, if not for this blog, I would have quitted this book halfway through. Of course, it cannot be easy to make a compelling retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, because of its rinse-and-repeat storyline of climbing a tall green … Continue reading Jack the Giant Killer, by Charles de Lint