Mark Z. Danielewski’s “House of Leaves”

In Mark Z. Danielewski’s both mystifying and horrifying experimental fiction novel “House of Leaves”, color is only another part of an intricate puzzle spanning over 300 pages. Within the wildly formatted and sometimes intensely experimental pages of “House of Leaves”, a reader may become both lost and amazed at the surreal world painted within a book about a house.

Vladimir Bartol’s “Alamut”

In the contemporary media-laden world of today, new developments and projects are commonly considered “new” when they are, in fact, merely renditions of previous works. Such it is with Ubisoft’s recent “Assassin’s Creed” video-game series. The world of assassins and ancient Arabic mysteries captured the imagination of many before there were video-games to tell the tale, and Vladimir Bartol’s 1938 novel “Alamut” is commonly viewed as the beginning of the assassin hype.

Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach”

The book draws remarkable parallels to more contemporary novels on the subject, like Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”, which follows a father and son travelling through the desolated landscape of a ruined Earth. Though it lacks the rampant irradiated landscape of Shute’s novel, the ecological collapse of both novels is clear, and the aftermath of a world where the nukes have begun to fly is both desolate and grim.

Sophie Kinsella takes us to the roaring ‘20s on a path full of fun and intrigue in “Twenties Girl”

Sophie Kinsella, which is a pen name, first revealed after the release of the aforementioned “Can You Keep a Secret?” for author Madeleine Wickham, never disappoints when she puts pen to paper to create a new story. Her humor is sharp and witty and her characters draw you in and make you hope for them as they search for the thing that is missing from their lives.