Category: Literature

Original short stories, poetry, and book reviews.

Short Story: The Man, The Mountain, and The God

The old stories always told of the mountain. The mountain where the god lived. In some of the stories, he was kind. In others, he was vengeful. Which of the stories was true, the man wondered. He had asked this question aloud once, at…

Book Review: The Boy Who Drew Monsters

Last year I began my own tradition of reading a horror/thriller book around Halloween. Consider it my way of mentally getting into the season. The first book I read was a classic; The Shining by Stephen King. It was an exciting read and I…

Book Review: The Name of the Wind

A few weeks ago, we published an article that listed five books on our wishlist. Last week, we reviewed a book on the list, Lexicon. This week The Motley Experience reviews another book on the list, one that we were very excited to read. The Name…

Book Review: Lexicon

In a previous article, we listed five books on The Motley Experience’s “wish list”. One of these books was the highly acclaimed novel by Max Barry, Lexicon. This is a science fiction novel that reads as a thriller. The premise of the story is…

Books to Look Out For

Normally, on a Monday, The Motley Experience provides readers with a book review. The books reviewed are always read by The ME staff before being written about. This week we will take a different approach and list some novels, old and new, that are…

Book Review: The Crash Course

“The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twenty years. The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to our predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and the environment have finally caught up with us and are…

Book Review: Of Paradise and Power

This week’s book review takes a look at Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order by Robert Kagan. This book is both short, to the point, and very readable. What Kagan does is analyze the different viewpoints of both…

Book Review: Jackdaws

It is 1944 and the Allies are preparing for the invasion of Europe. In the occupied town of Sainte-Cecile, the French Resistance is preparing to blow up the chateau that now houses the crucial telephone exchange connecting the French telephone system to that of…

Book Review: The Defining Decade

  Our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much…

Book Review: Life After Life

This week’s Book Review takes a look at Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson, won the 2013 Costa Book Awards (Novel) and was shortlisted for the 2013 Orange Prize for Fiction and It was also selected as one of the 10 Best Books…