Inspiration: ‘Whisper’ by Lynette Noni

Science fiction in Sydney, Australia! Stranger Things crossed with The Fortress crossed with X-Men? For two and a half years, Subject 684 — “Jane Doe” — has been locked underground in a secret government facility, enduring tests and torture. In that time, she hasn’t uttered a single word. Not even her real name. Jane choosesContinue reading “Inspiration: ‘Whisper’ by Lynette Noni”

Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr

I’ll be blunt. A Million Things by Emily Spurr will break your heart. But know the following: even as you lie on your kitchen floor shattered and ugly crying into a dish towel after reading this remarkable book, you will be better for it. We all need a reminder that we aren’t alone, even ifContinue reading “Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr”

Art inspired by ‘Under The Whispering Door’

The above are illustrations created by me based on TJ Klune’s latest novel Under The Whispering Door. Released on September 21, 2021. Description of book: When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead. Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takesContinue reading “Art inspired by ‘Under The Whispering Door’”

Book review and art inspired by ‘This Bright Future: A Memoir’

I found this memoir after looking at the NYT Bestsellers list. I went into it not knowing who Bobby Hall aka Young Sinatra aka Bobby Tarantino aka Sir Robert was. But I had heard of Logic, who rapped on Sam Smith track I liked a few years back. I remember thinking “wow, he really elevatedContinue reading “Book review and art inspired by ‘This Bright Future: A Memoir’”

Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman

Who knew death could be so much fun? What a creative and unique world Neal Shusterman invented for us through his Arc of the Scythe series. I ate this post-mortality concept up. How did he do this? I’ve read a lot of dystopian literature, and I think this one might be my favorite. It gaveContinue reading “Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman”

Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Well, damn. The true story of the Galvin family is as mind blowing as it is tragic. Quick note: I conduct Pre-Sentence investigations for the Court. Family of origin and mental health is always a big part to research for the report. These are serious crimes I cover, and at the end of the reportContinue reading “Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family”

‘Nightbitch’

When I heard there was a book coming out about a woman who thinks she’s turning into a dog, I knew it would be disturbing. And clearly, that makes it a must read. Nightbitch, a debut from Rachel Yoder, is the story of a stay-at-home mom living in the middle of the country who startsContinue reading “‘Nightbitch’”

An ode to ‘The Other Animals’

The Other Animals, edited by Rachel Hamburg, is a collection of eight stories that gives a much needed shout-out to the underdog. Not literally a dog though, because if there is any animal that demands attention from humans – it’s those of the canine persuasion. We’re talking vultures, worms, scorpions, crows, whales, water striders. YouContinue reading “An ode to ‘The Other Animals’”

‘Piranesi’ review, inspired art, and dream cast!

Spoilers ahead (kinda): What a superb work of literature this was. An unforgettable story about a person who has forgotten. This was so richly layered, unique, and thought-provoking that I’m pretty sure this will be my go-to book recommendation to friends for some time to come. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is the story of aContinue reading “‘Piranesi’ review, inspired art, and dream cast!”

Art inspired by ‘Circe’ and dream cast.

Finally, a consistently overlooked goddess is given some love. What happens when the daughter of the god of the sun is put into the shadows for eternity? Circe by Madeline Miller will renew your love of Greek mythology, and serve as a reminder that even the most powerful can be outcast and rejected by theContinue reading “Art inspired by ‘Circe’ and dream cast.”