Staff Picks: Books
Staff-recommended reading from the
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I like weird stuff. When The X-Files ruled television, I watched each week to witness Scully and Mulder discover the strange and bizarre that lived in the shadows. In the past few years I have also become obsessed with Doctor Who and have devoured the past six seasons of the re-launched BBC classic. So when Daniel O’Malley’s debut novel The Rook started receiving comparisons to these great TV series, I knew I needed to read it. Myfanwy Thomas has lost her memory. Luckily a series of letters begins to help her solve the mystery of her life. What she discovers is that she is a high ranking, super powered operative, or Rook, in a super secret British organization called the Chequy. This government agency is tasked with protecting Great Britain from the supernatural, gross and mystical. Eventually Myfanwy stumbles upon the reasons why her memory was stolen and how it is connected to a traitor in Chequy. Michigan State graduate O’Malley’s book grafts elements of not only The X-Files and Doctor Who, but also the finest in British humor and gore reminiscent of Sam Rami’s Evil Dead movies. Check out The Rook.