Book Review: The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

A dear friend recommended this book to me, the first in the “Repairman Jack” series of horror/fantasy novels set in present-day New York. I dithered for a long time, though. One one hand, it looked like it might be cut out of the same cloth as the Dresden Files, and I wanted to get through as much of that series as possible before starting something new but similar. On the other hand, it looked like little more than the typical paperback thriller, of which I have forgotten nearly as many as I have read. Only one thing about this particular paperback raised an eyebrow: a glowing accolade by Stephen King, quoted on the front cover not as the author of The Stand or Carrie, but as the President of the Repairman Jack fan club. If Stephen King was the president of my fan club, I would have it made. But I guess, before that could happen, I would have to write a story as gripping and scary as this one.

Book Review: The Hour of the Outlaw by Maiya Williams
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This sequel to The Golden Hour and The Hour of the Cobra continues the adventures of four young Time Detectives who owe their history-hopping powers to a strange, abandoned hotel on the coast of Maine and its founder, the brilliant inventor Archibald Weber. Twins Xanthe and Xavier Alexander, together with siblings Rowan and Nina Popplewell, must now attempt an assignment that has long eluded the skills of older and more experienced time travelers. If they can’t find Weber’s missing son and bring him back, the future of time travel – and of the world itself – may be in jeopardy.

Book Review: REM World by Rodman Philbrick
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Here’s another interesting book from the author of Freak the Mighty. It concerns a fat kid named Arthur who sends in for a mail-order device guaranteed to make him lose weight in his sleep. What he gets is a weird kind of helmet. He goes down into his basement, lies down on his late father’s workbench (yes, he’s grown up without a father) and puts the helmet on, and goes right to sleep.

Book Review: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

The two boys form a friendship so close, it is more like a symbiotic relationship, like they become one person–brains and brawn–as the big kid carries the little one around on his shoulders and they fantasize about fighting dragons and rescuing damsels in distress. Unfortunately, their own distress is the real problem.

Book Review: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This Newbery Medal-winning sequel to A Long Way From Chicago has Mary Alice coming to live with Grandma Dowdel for a whole year, while her brother is in the Civilian Conservation Corps and her parents are tightening the belt due to the Depression and unemployment.