Book Reviews

Book Review: Harry Potter à l’Ecole des Sorciers by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter à l'ecole des sorciers

I’ve had a French copy of the first four Harry Potter books sitting on my shelf for about seven years now and roughly three years ago, I completed the set by adding Books 5 through 7 to the collection. And ever since, slowly collecting dust on the shelf, there they sat. I’ve been studying French since my freshmen year of high school and continued studying it all throughout college and even later when I took ... Read More »

Book Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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July 1 is the release of Sinner, the highly anticipated companion novel to Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. If you haven’t read the trilogy, it’s a particularly fine specimen of supernatural romance (werewolf romance, to be specific)—and I don’t like supernatural romance. Sinner takes place in the same world as the trilogy, following two of the book’s characters, Cole and Isabel, as they try to find their way back to each other while ... Read More »

Book Review: Hosts by F. Paul Wilson

Hosts

In the fifth of sixteen Repairman Jack novels, a strange Russian lady with a large white dog appears at Jack’s sickbed and tells him that he, and he alone, must stop a virus that the Adversary of all mankind has unleashed to create war, hate, death, fear, pain, and destruction. Here is a snippet of their conversation: “Stop virus before it spreads, or all you love will perish.” She turned and headed for the bedroom ... Read More »

Book Review: Resistance by Samit Basu

Resistance

Thanks to the publicity department at Titan Books, I had the opportunity to read this book in advance of its publication in July 2014. In fact, they were even kind enough to send me a free copy of Turbulence, to which this is the sequel. In that book, India-born author Samit Basu introduced a new wrinkle on the superhero cape and spandex, with ordinary people on a present-day flight from London to Delhi becoming extraordinary ... Read More »

Book Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

RotRuin

Though I have never read a book by Jonathan Maberry before, this one came home with me in the middle of a pile of library books. And there it stayed until I had renewed it so many times that I had to take it back to the library and check it out again. I have never really taken much interest in Zombie Apocalypse literature. But something about this book appealed to me to that extent. ... Read More »

Book Review: Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

RightHo

The Jeeves novels are one of the few series of books I have chosen to enjoy without any regard to canon order or the order of publication. Wikipedia has a nice list of the books it comprises, if you’re interested. I’m interested, but only so far as making sure that I don’t miss any of them. Nothing brightens my outlook on the world after a nutritious diet of serious books on CD, quite like listening ... Read More »

Book Review: Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

OddApocalypse

In the sixth Odd Thomas novel, a young fry cook who sees dead people continues his sabbatical from the spatula and grill. As in his previous two adventures, he finds trouble brewing in a misnamed California coastal town. In Odd Hours it was Magic Beach, where practically everything in town is named contrary to its nature, where premonitions of nuclear disaster forced him into the role of avenging angel, and where he was joined in ... Read More »

Interview with JR Han

teen reading

According to some studies, reading rates among young people is down. However, publisher JR Han plans to engage kids with a new series of books combining Asian mythology and the modern form of the graphic novel. I interviewed JR to find out more about his graphic novels. Why is it valuable/important for teens to read? Comics are a new format invented in 20th century. Comic books are beloved by most generations thanks to the artistic ... Read More »

Book Review: “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

After months of waiting, we've finally got the official MuggleNet review of "The Silkworm"! Read our thoughts, and then let us know your own! Read More »

Book Review: Turbulence by Samit Basu

Turbulence

What if, instead of all-American journalist Clark Kent, Superman turns out to be an Indian Air Force pilot named Vir Singh? What if his archnemesis also happens to be his commanding officer? What’s in store for the world when passengers on a flight from London to Delhi suddenly start to present super powers? One of those passengers, a nerdy guy named Aman, has thoroughly studied the prophetic texts on this subject—namely, comic books—but he isn’t ... Read More »