[Novel] The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)

The Dispossesed


An interesting study of pros and cons of utopian socialist and capitalistic regimes that unfortunately comes off a bit dull at times due to bland characters.

Fascinating setting
Bland characters
Thought-provoking on various regimes humans could abide to
Can be hard to follow when it keeps jumping between two timelines

[Novel] The Alienist (Caleb Carr)

The Alienist


A fascinating murder thriller in the late 18th century New York.

Flowing, easy-to-digest prose
The story is nothing necessarily groundbreaking
Fascinating historical setting
Cool noir-like atmosphere
Interesting, likable characters
Engrossing plot with lots of twists
Thought-provoking on psychopathy

[Novel] Sacred Hunger (Barry Unsworth)

Sacred Hunger


An interesting historical novel centered on British slave trade in the early days of colonized America.

I ended up being more interested in the setting than the actual characters or the plot though… which was sometimes pretty hard to follow as it jumped between a million different points of view.

Interesting historical setting
So many characters and different POVs it’s easy to get lost
Enlightening on the early days of slave trade
The pacing can feel a bit slow at times

[Novel] Devil All The Time (Donald Ray Pollock)

The Devil All the Time


A horror novel where the actual depiction of life in a rural part of the country fills you with more horror than any lousy boogeymen.

Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Doesn’t really offer anything to blow your mind or anything
Enthralling plot full of realistic horror
Enlightening on the rural societies in early-mid XX century in United States
Thought-provoking on how fucked up life could be