Longings and DesiresAnother masterpiece of love, lust, and suspense from Sarah Waters.
The AbracadabrapolisJoseph O’Neill’s new novel is about a nameless expat in Dubai.
Les Mots JustesWhy is learning French so terrifying?
The Illusions of ControlJeff VanderMeer’s extraordinary Southern Reach Trilogy.
Interested in the OctopusesBen Lerner’s great novel 10:04 directs our attention toward the little things while slyly addressing the big ones.
Big Gay PalsThe troubles and triumphs of fat gay men.
Death by InchesThe battle over the metric system in America.
BlindsidedDesigning a book cover for a collection of short stories about characters caught by surprise.
Racial DysphoriaJess Row’s novel explores a world where racial reassignment surgery is becoming commonplace.
Scratch MarksThe beauty of a comic book drawn only in pencil.
The SimplifierThe third volume of Rick Perlstein’s history of modern conservatives chronicles the rise of Reagan.
The HorrorA splendid historical novel turns into something very different 100 pages in. But don’t stop reading!
Summer Reading 2014Get away from it all with these Slate staff picks.
Tsukuru Tazaki’s PuzzleAn interactive introduction to Haruki Murakami’s new novel.
Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Imperfect Little LifeA Q&A with the Scott Pilgrim author about his new comic Seconds, fashion, and regret.
Secret ChordsThe brilliance—and the blind spots—of one of the world’s great rock critics.
Dotted LinesRainey Royal portrays the real complexity of teenage sexuality.
All You Need Is NevThe Catfish host wrote a book. It’s everything I hoped it would be.
A Counter-MelodyElena Ferrante’s brilliant, riveting novels about female friendship.
Cloudy AtlasDavid Mitchell’s portentous new book is no fun.
The Cabinet of MarvelsThe deep truths and irreducible weirdness of fairy tales.
The LackWhat are the costs of our perpetual state of connection?
On Lena Finkle’s Magic BarrelA cartoon review.
The End of the Suburban NovelIn Friendswood, René Steinke tries to reimagine a familiar story.
The Book of InjusticeTarfia Faizullah’s poems wrestle with the mass rapes of Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
Strongest Possible EndorsementA funny and lacerating novel of academia written in the form of letters of recommendation.
You Have to Believe We Are MagicWhose story is the Magicians trilogy telling?
Haida’s StoryA folktale from Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Pop Goes the WorldEven a history of pop can’t help but skew toward rock.
The Uses of EnchantmentGeoff Ryman’s heartfelt and clever 1992 riff on Judy Garland, AIDS, and Oz returns.