Author Archives: Robbie

Book Review: The Genius Wars by Catherine Jinks

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After being groomed from childhood to become a supervillain bent on world domination, Cadel Greeniaus, formerly Cadel Piggott, is just trying to blend in and live a normal life. He goes to computer programming classes at the University of New South Wales, as if he hasn’t already achieved fiendish levels of hacking skills. He lives in a little weatherboard house with the foster parents who are trying to adopt him. And he refuses even to ... Read More »

Book Review: Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

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When I first reviewed Odd Thomas for MuggleNet, I spotted it as a promising start to a new series. When I re-posted my original review on my own blog in 2008, I observed that there were already four books in the series. Now that I finally get around to reading further in the series, I look again and behold, it is up to seven novels. PLUS three graphic novels. PLUS a three-volume e-book series titled ... Read More »

Book Review: The Secret War by Matt Myklusch

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In the sequel to The Accidental Hero, young Jack Blank has five days to save the world. And yet he wastes most of that time trying to keep a terrifying secret that could instantly transform him from the hero who saved the Imagine Nation to an enemy who cannot be trusted. Kids and their priorities! If you’ve followed the Jack Blank trilogy thus far, you already know that the Imagine Nation is a secret floating ... Read More »

Book Review: Bite Me (A Love Story) by Christopher Moore

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The opening chapter of this book was so insanely fast-paced that I thought, “There’s no way the author can keep this up; and even if he does, I’m not going to like it.” Fortunately, this turned out to be because this is the third book of a trilogy, and there was a lot of background from the previous two books to catch up on. Leave it to me to start a trilogy with the third ... Read More »

Book Review: The Mystery by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Mystery

The third book of the Troubletwisters series pits young Wardens-in-waiting Jaide Shield and her twin brother Jack against yet another threat to the wards that protect the town of Portland from The Evil. You know, that force of emptiness that comes from another dimension and wants to take over everything. They have thwarted The Evil twice before. But if there’s one lesson The Evil seems to learn faster than Grandma X and the other good ... Read More »

Book Review: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore

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The off-season is usually a sleepy time in the scenic coastal town of Pine Cove, California. This fall, however, events conspire to make it a madcap emergency, combining crime, craziness, a man-eating monster from the depths of the ocean, and an epic wave of horniness. Fasten your Adult Content Advisory: it’s going to be a raunchy comedy from the author of Practical Demonkeeping, which shares this book’s setting and some of its characters. It all ... Read More »

Book Review: The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

LetterKing

It was first published in 1962. It was recognized as the children’s book of the year in 1963, and the best children’s book in 50 years as of 2004. It was translated into fifteen different languages between 1977 and 2011. It has sold over a million copies. It was made into a feature film in 2008. Its author received a knighthood and a lifetime award for youth literature, and is considered the greatest children’s author ... Read More »

Robbie Reviews The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

CuckoosCalling

Here is a most satisfying recent example of the classic type of private-eye novel. The detective is the whimsically named Cormoran Strike, an ex-military policeman whose career in the army ended when a roadside bomb took away half a leg. His name has nothing to do with his father, a philandering superstar rock musician with whom he has no relationship whatever, and a lot to do with his “supergroupie” mother, who was flaky and impractical ... Read More »

Book Review: The Monster by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Monster

The second book in the Troubletwisters series finds the small seaside town of Portland threatened by a fragment of The Evil that menaced it in Book 1. At least, so the Shield twins suspect. Jack and Jaide are still a bit jumpy after their narrow victory in their first adventure. The wards are all intact, protecting Portland, and the world, from the all-consuming hunger that lurks outside our universe. But Jack can never forget how ... Read More »

Book Review: Troubletwisters by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Troubletwisters

The cover art of this book gives a misleading impression of what kind of trouble the “troubletwisters” specialize in. The fact that the book actually does feature several tornadoes and a hurricane may add to that impression. So you may be surprised to learn that the term “troubletwisters” in this book does not have anything to do with cyclones, as such. Troubletwisters are kids who have started to manifest powers—powers which, if brought under control ... Read More »