Milton Fauster is a good little boy, but his sister Marlo is bad seed. Because of her, he spends his last moments on Earth as an unwitting accomplice to petty theft. Before Milton has time to make peace with his maker, he and Marlo find themselves eternally darned. Darned to Heck.
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.
Somewhere over the doughnut, there’s a place where knights slay dragons, and woodcutters slay granny-eating wolves, and all the other stock fairy-tale characters live stock fairy-tale lives. But one day, a forest maiden named Buttercup awakens to the absurdity of it all.
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.
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.
If you are a Harry Potter fan, drop everything right now and read this book. End of book review. Wait, one more thing…
In the year 1899, nearly simultaneous events bring two wildly different beings of old-world magic to the new world and send them searching for the meaning of their existence, just like millions of other lonely, homesick immigrants on the shores of 20th-century America.
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.
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.
You can almost smell the smoke of wood fires in remote cattle stations, taste the dry air of the Kalahari, see the vivid sunsets, and feel a trickle of sweat in the October heat.