Tag Archives: fantasy

Worth the tears: review of A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness I don’t normally go for tear jerkers, but this one is well worth the crying. A Monster Calls is simply a stunning book. It doesn’t just aim for sadness; it tackles a difficult subject the death … Continue reading

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American Gods and the absent Jesus

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Another fantastic book by Neil Gaiman. This one is very dark. (Definitely not intended for a YA audience.) The subject matter is also huge: Jesus, just look at the title! American Gods . But that’s just the thing. There’s … Continue reading

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Orson’s Last Card or what to do when a favorite author turns out to be a crazy bigot

Orson Scott Card isn’t playing with a full deck any more. It was well known that Card, acclaimed writer of Ender’s Game, arguably one of the best YA sci-fi books out there, is against gay marriage. And not just quietly … Continue reading

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The Long Chase and The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go  by Patrick Ness This is the story of a boy and his dog who can read each others’ minds. Actually, all the men on the planet in The Knife broadcast their unfiltered thoughts. It’s called … Continue reading

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Fairest of all retold fairy tales

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine Seems like everyone is rewriting fairy tales these days, but Levine’s Fairest has to be one of the best out there. Fairest gives us an ugly Snow White. Her name is Aza, and sure enough, she’s white … Continue reading

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Stardust and my new author-hero Neil Gaiman

Stardust by Neil Gaiman As many of you know, I have a new author-hero: Neil Gaiman. I’ve started to read everything he’s ever written. OK so I’m only on the fourth book, but I do intend to keep reading until … Continue reading

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Awesome Indies

Curious about the Indie book revolution? Here’s a good place to find some independently published gems: AwesomeIndies.net  features novels that meet strict criteria. They’ve received four or five stars from a professional book reviewer.  You can check them out by … Continue reading

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Review of Neverwhere: onward with my Neil Gaiman read-a-thon

After reading two great Neil Gaiman books, I decided I needed to read everything the man’s written. So I picked up something outside of YA sci-fi/fantasy (I know *gasp*!), but it turns out I didn’t go very far outside. Neverwhere … Continue reading

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Fantastic Fairy Tale: Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek

Opal  by Kristina Wojtaszek This is the story of an owl who is changed into a girl when her mother dies— which seems almost the reverse of your usual fairy tale when the changing happens the other way. In Opal, … Continue reading

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Fantastic Recommends: Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Cinder has a problem with her foot. It’s the wrong size. Not her shoe, her foot. Because Cinder is a cyborg. Intriguing twist on Cinderella huh? Fairy tales seem to be made to be re-told and … Continue reading

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