Book Reviews

Book Review: A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane


A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane The sixth book in the Young Wizards series picks up a few months after The Wizard’s Dilemma, and a month after teen wizard Nita Callahan’s mother died of cancer. While she tries to pick up the pieces of her life, along with her sensitive father and her difficult sister Dairine, a strange and lonely intelligence begins making contact with her through her dreams. Meanwhile her partner in wizardry, Kit Rodriguez, still trying ... Read More »

Book Review: The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane


The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane By the fifth book in the Young Wizards series, mighty teens Nita and Kit have explored the oceans, outer space, parallel universes, and the land of Faery. Now a new and far more personal assignment takes them into “inner space.” It begins with a quarrel between our two young wizards, which might seem to be the beginning of the end for their partnership. Things aren’t helped when they both accept solo ... Read More »

Book Review: A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane


A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane Book 4 of the ongoing Young Wizards series tackles the problem of what new direction to take teen wizards Nita and Kit in. After all, they’ve been to a parallel dimension, they’ve been at the bottom of the sea, and they’ve been to the farthest reaches of the universe. They’ve confronted the ultimate evil, they’ve participated in a redemptive sacrifice, and along with Nita’s kid sister Dairine– a 12-year-old wizard so ... Read More »

Book Review: High Wizardry by Diane Duane


High Wizardry by Diane Duane The third novel of seven (so far) in the Young Wizards series sends teen wizards Nita and Kit on a perilous adventure through outer space. This time, they are tracking Nita’s kid sister Dairine, who has just become an incredibly powerful novice wizard armed with a laptop computer and a beta-software version of the wizard’s manual. Bookish, computer geek Dairine’s dream is to fight Darth Vader (this book is set in 1985, ... Read More »

Book Review: Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane


Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane This is the 1985 sequel to So You Want to Be a Wizard, and second in the Young Wizards sequence that (to date) runs seven books strong. And wow, what a powerful story! I hardly know where to begin! Some months after their first adventures as partner wizards, thirteen-year-old Nita Callahan and twelve-year-old Kit Rodriguez are on vacation with Nita’s parents and sister Dairine on a Southampton (Long Island, NY) beach when they ... Read More »

Book Review: The Young Wizards Series by Diane Duane


The Young Wizards Series by Diane Duane Currently seven books and almost twenty years strong, this series of sci fi-fantasy adventures proves that its author is too good to be wasted on Star Trek novelizations. Fans of Harry Potter, take note. Run, do not walk, to your library or bookstore, and borrow, buy, or order these terrific books! It should be astonishing if this series isn’t nearly as well known as the putative seven-book series by J.K. Rowling, and loved ... Read More »

Book Review: Farperoo (The Dark Inventions, Vol. 1) by Mark Lamb


I want to plunge right into praises for this book, for several reasons. First, and just to get it out there in public so no one can say I hid the facts from you, I didn’’t have to pay for this book. A kind and enthusiastic bookseller sent it to me all the way from the U.K. (Thanks, Nigel!) for me to review. Not to encourage or discourage any authors or publishers who are thinking ... Read More »

Book Review: The Riddle of the Gnome by P.W. Catanese


The Riddle of the Gnome by P.W. Catanese In the past I have exchanged a few notes with Paul Catanese, author of the “Further Tales” series of exciting sequels to well-known fairy tales. So it was an honor, but not a surprise, to get an “advance reviewer copy” of his latest book, The Riddle of the Gnome. This time, Catanese gives us the further tale of Rumpel-Stiltskin, the villainous yet (if this book is to be ... Read More »

Book Review: The Mirror’s Tale by P.W. Catanese


The Mirror’s Tale by P.W. Catanese The fourth “Further Tales” adventure picks up the classic tale of Snow White over a century later. Among the lovely heroine’s descendants are twin brothers Bertram and William – one of them (no one is sure which) destined to become a baron someday – always in trouble, one leading and the other following – and finally, too much trouble for their parents to deal with any longer. Bert is ... Read More »

Book Review: The Eye of the Warlock by P. W. Catanese


The Eye of the Warlock by P. W. Catanese When Paul Catanese e-mailed me in response to my reviews of his first two “Further Tales,” I was flabbergasted. To be sure, it wasn’t the first time I had heard from an author whose books I reviewed. Nor was it the first time I was offered a sneak peek at a book that was about to be published. But it was the first time that both ... Read More »