Book as Body

Book Reviews, Essays, Thoughts

Posts by Georgia P

DUNE

Posted on May 31, 2020

DUNE. The word may mean nothing to you, or it may evoke the greatest science fiction story ever told. Since its publication in 1965, Dune has captivated the minds of readers across the world. Dune lovers are almost as fanatic as the Fremen when it comes to worshiping their god – Frank Herbert – the genius behind the six-novel series. It’s been dubbed the “bible of science fiction.” And after reading it for the first time in 2020, I finally understand. One of Dune’s main appeals is its scale. Herbert’s universe and its relationship to humans transcends millions of years. It involves the rise and fall of complex societies, religious jihad, and the struggle for power between feudalistic great houses within an interplanetary empire.…

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

Posted on January 18, 2020

Sometimes, I really miss my university days.  One of my favorite classes I ever took was a humanities course called Topics: Science Fiction as Myth. I signed up because I had just taken a fantastic Intro to Classic Greek Myth course with the professor who was going to teach it. A couple of times a week, in one of a hundred cramped classrooms within a deteriorating liberal arts building, we would all whip out our gigantic Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction and discuss the short stories within. The professor created this class by combining his extensive knowledge of ancient myths with the relatively nascent genre of science fiction. His assertion was that sci-fi literature was modern myth-making. Myths are stories that play a fundamental…

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Posted on November 26, 2019

“This is what you must remember: the ending of one story is just the beginning of another.” The Fifth Season is a breath of fresh air. It’s the first book in a Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF here on out) trilogy called The Broken Earth. In 2016, The Fifth Season won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, sending N.K. Jemisin into the literary spotlight. She was the first black author to win the prize. She joined a prestigious list of previous winners, including SFF legends Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke. She distinguished herself further when the next two novels in her trilogy continued to win the same award in 2017 and 2018. She is the only…

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Posted on November 15, 2019

“Is it better to speak or die?” I recently watched a beautiful movie that you may have heard of, since it came out two years ago and received numerous accolades for its screenplay, score, and acting. The movie is Call Me By Your Name. I’m still mad that nobody alerted me to it sooner. There is so much to explore underneath the surface of this seemingly simple love story. When I discovered that it was adapted from a novel, I knew I had to read it and go deeper, and I was not disappointed. Call Me By Your Name is set “somewhere in Italy in the summer of 1983.” Elio is the precocious seventeen year old son of a classics Professor. He and his…

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Posted on October 4, 2019

It’s been a few months since I finished 1Q84. I read this 1,000 page behemoth on my Kindle, so I never had to lug around the true weight of this dense novel. But you can’t read Murakami and not feel the weight of his stories in your heart, nonetheless. I read my first Murakami novel, Kafka on the Shore, a few years ago when I was an undergrad. I was drawn in by the title because it had ‘Kafka’ in it, one of my favorite authors. I had never heard of Haruki Murakami, this apparently influential and prolific Japanese author. I did some research. Like Kafka, his work is also described as surrealistic and dreamlike. In fact, in the literary world, Murakami is considered…

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Posted on September 9, 2019

“In the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling.” – Gertrude Stein The morning is a time of slow contemplation. Well, for Mary Oliver it is. I’ve always struggled with mornings. If there’s a choice, I’ll almost always choose to sleep in. That is, unless, there’s something worth waking up for – the beauty of a sunrise, for example. I could find meaning in that. A thousand meanings, for a thousand mornings. A Thousand Mornings is the perfect book of poetry for people who hate poetry. I love the form myself, but I know that most people don’t. I didn’t at first. Poetry can be intimidating, and the way it’s taught in schools can be tortuously analytical. People start to believe…

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Posted on August 27, 2019

Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, published in 2002. Caution! Some spoilers ahead from the first half of the book. Not enough to ruin the book. But maybe just the right amount to make you want to know what happens next.  One month ago, I moved from San Antonio, Texas to Denver, Colorado. For me and for many others, moving isn’t just a geographical change, but an opportunity for a reinvention of self. A fresh start. Look at me – I’ve found the determination to finally start a blog, which makes me feel extremely vulnerable. But I haven’t quit out of fear yet. And while my shift into the public, online world may be slightly unnerving, it pales in comparison to the…

Welcome

Posted on August 26, 2019

My name is Georgia Pistorio, and I am a writer/teacher residing in Colorado. I started this website to catalog my work, including written work and digital art. I am curious at heart about the world and the way language impacts our lives. Books have always excited me, and it is here that I celebrate that part of me that loves to deep dive into the infinite possibilities that reading and writing can bring. The choice of what book to read next is no small decision. Often, the books I end up reading seem to be fated in their timing or message. You see, when a particularly moving story finds its way to me, my world begins to revolve around it. The pages extend beyond…