The Island of Dr. Moreau, H. G. Wells.
*** Interesting how-to manual for teaching your pets to talk.
Dracula, Bram Stoker.
**** Classic tale of bloodlust.
Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill.
**** Like Uncle Tom’s Cabin but not quite as sad.
“I, Robot,” Cory Doctorow.
*** Cory Doctorow pretends to be Asimov, but it’s not as bad as you’d think.
“Call of Cthulu,” H. P. Lovecraft.
** Do I get kicked out of the nerd club for thinking this was dumb?
City of Thieves, David Benioff.
***** Remind me not to grow up in war-torn Russia.
Garlic And Sapphires: The Secret Life Of A Critic In Disguise, Ruth Reichl
*** Reichl reminds us that gourmet dining is a big sham.
Barnacle Love, Anthony Da Sa.
* Bored me.
World Without End, Ken Follett.
** Pillars of the Earth with different names.