Category Archive: Reviews

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Sep 23

Yellowtail, Crown Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief [Reading Challenge 2017]

Yellowtail, Crown Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief As told to Michael Oren Fitzgerald University of Oklahoma Press, 1991   [Challenge # 8: A book with a color in the title.] This book wasn’t at all what I expected. I thought it would be a straightforward bio, like Lame Deer Speaks. Instead it was more …

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Sep 21

Harm [Reading Challenge 2017]

Harm by Brian W. Aldiss Ballantine Books, New York, 2007   [Challenge # 10: A book based in a religion not your own.] British SF author Brian W. Aldiss, who died recently at the age of 92, was one prolific writer. He started his SF writing career in 1954 and by the end of it, …

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Jul 25

Dungeon Quest [Review]

Dungeon Quest Fantagraphics (May 26, 2010) by Joe Daly   As I often do, I picked up this graphic novel at random. The name intrigued me, as it implied AD&D gaming sessions, and also the figurine on the cover, which did not fit the name at all. It seemed more Pre-Columbian, Toltec maybe, except for …

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Jun 30

Cinder [Reading Challenge 2017]

Cinder by Marisa Meyer Macmillan, 2012   [Challenge # 4: A book you started last year and haven’t yet finished.] I started Cinder last year. It was one of the first ebooks I ever bought because I could not seem to finish the hardback I had borrowed from the library. Then, after working on it …

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Jun 17

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [Reading Challenge 2017]

  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Random House, 2006   [Challenge #2: A book taking place in Asia] Of all the books I’ve read in the first half of the year, this is the one that’s stuck with me the most, because it delivered far more than the blurb and cursory …

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Jun 13

The Aviary Gate [Reading Challenge 2017]

The Aviary Gate Bloomsbury, USA, 2010 by Katie Hickman Challenge #7: A book in a new-to-you genre (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) For this challenge, I chose The Aviary Gate, by Katie Hickman, from my pile of TBRs. From the cover copy I assumed it was historical romance, …

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Apr 18

Storyboarding Dystopia, Part II

Now where were we? Ah yes, superhero comics and dystopias. No one expects a lot of logic from these. For example, Wolverine’s claws magically suck up into his forearms when they are not needed, somehow without damaging the muscles in his wrists. That’s cool, and it’s a comic book where graphic departures from reality are …

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Apr 14

Storyboarding Dystopia, Part I

Silver blood on a Red Queen's hand

I am fascinated by YA Dystopias, even though a lot of them are execrably written. Somehow, though, they always manage to sucker me in, giving me the come-on with cryptic, pretty covers and high what-if concepts: What if all young people had a disease that caused them to die before age 25? What if society …

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Mar 21

Gilgamesh [Reading Challenge 2017]

Gilgamesh, a New English Version Freepress, 2004 Adapted by Stephen Mitchell Challenge #11: A Book Written Before 1700 (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of fiction in human history. I chose it to read for the “Ye Olde Book Shoppe” — a …

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Mar 16

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer [Reading Challenge 2017]

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007 Laini Taylor Challenge #6: Out of the Park at First Bat (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) I’ve gotta say I have a lot of problems with post-Harry Potter YA books — the ones published after that first big boom. …

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