Book Review: “Doughnut” by Tom Holt
Book Reviews / January 13, 2018

From a grand design that challenges you to reconsider the order of cause and effect, to sentences like “If Time is a piece of cheese, the two seconds that followed were fondue,” this book makes you think, then laugh, then grip your armrests with concern and excitement, over and over until its cleverly satisfying ending.

Book Review: “The Martian” by Andy Weir
Book Reviews / January 9, 2018

This might turn out to be a historically important book, lending insights to the development of manned Mars exploration. But for now it’s notable enough for what it is: a smart, exciting piece of entertainment that touches the heart and transports the mind to a strange but real world.

Book Review: “Olive’s Ocean” by Kevin Henkes
Book Reviews / January 7, 2018

Martha Boyle’s life changes when a strange woman hands her a piece of paper and thanks her for being nice to her daughter. The paper turns out to be a page torn from the diary of another girl, Olive Barstow, a quiet girl from Martha’s school who was killed by a car while riding her bike. According to Olive’s diary, the dead girl hoped she and Martha would become best friends.

Book Review: “The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg
Book Reviews / December 31, 2017

Each magician specializes in using one, and only one, man-made material. Some are into rubber, glass, plastic, or metal. There are some evil magicians, known as excisioners, who have figured out a way to use human blood. But when it comes time for ambitious young Ceony Twill to apprentice under a master magician, binding her power to paper is the furthest thing from her dreams.

Book Review: “Tears of the Giraffe” by Alexander McCall Smith
Book Reviews / December 29, 2017

In the second casebook of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe again wrestles with the case of a missing son whose trail has gone cold. This time it’s a 20-year-old American boy whose parents left him behind when they returned home from diplomatic duty in Botswana because he had such a “heart for Africa” that he didn’t want to leave.