**** A wonderfully paced horror novel marred only by the discovery that Dracula is a big nerd.
*** Boy finds more than he bargained for in a dusty old library (a book to be exact).
**** Journalist perseveres through cooking lessons, Batali’s drunkenness.
*** A pun-filled glance at the crossword industry that can be completed in less time than the Monday puzzle.
***** Exceeds industry standard woe quotient.
** A good story about cathedrals, badly written.
**** Surrealism reigns in this book about what, exactly?
*** Never visit India under any circumstances.
*** Like Mutiny on the “Bounty”, but true. Maybe.
* Man stumbles upon Christian dieties in the woods, and they make him pancakes.
** (e-book) A fantastic, gripping novella about a whale hunt, embedded inside a long, boring treatise on the intricacies of whaling ca. 1847.