Book Review: “Felicity the Dragon” by Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg
Book Reviews / January 27, 2018

In a few rhyming lines, decorated with adorable paintings, Felicity the Dragon tells the story of a lonely dragon who doesn’t fit in with her kind. One day, while watching some children play alongside a castle moat, she sees a boy fall into the water and dives to save him. This act of kindness brings Felicity her first taste of friendship and feelings of belonging.

Book Review: “The Woodcutter” by Kate Danley
Book Reviews / January 25, 2018

This book is a deadly serious, grown-up take on the land of stories that never for an instant winks at the reader or acknowledges a real world outside its own Grimm reality. It reveals some of the nastier things usually hidden on the underside of folklore.

Book Review: “Johnny and the Dead” by Terry Pratchett
Book Reviews / January 23, 2018

Of all the people in Blackbury, UK, who could have suddenly developed the ability to see ghosts, it would just have to be Johnny Maxwell. He isn’t strong, clever, good-looking, or full of personality. Yet the weird stuff always happens to him. And what makes him weird is that he’s always open to it.

Book Review: “Only You Can Save Mankind” by Terry Pratchett
Book Reviews / January 21, 2018

Only You Can Save Mankind is the title of the latest computer game pirated by Johnny’s fat hacker pal Wobbler. It’s only a step or so beyond Space Invaders (remember? anybody?), in which the player has to blow up alien spaceships from one-seater fighters to the huge mothership. Johnny is doing quite well at it until, just before he fires the kill-shot at the alien mothership, a message comes on his screen: WE WANT TO TALK.

Book Review: “Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck” by Dale E. Basye
Book Reviews / January 17, 2018

Marlo has matriculated to the Second Circle of Heck, where kids study such subjects as necroeconomics while being tormented by desire for material possessions. Egged on by Rapacia’s Vice Principal of Darkness – a giant tin Easter bunny named the Grabbit, whose hollow voice speaks in diabolically cute limericks – Marlo begins to plan the heist of all eternity.

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: “Every Seventh Wave” by Daniel Glattauer
Book Reviews / January 13, 2018

It all started innocently: an email sent to the wrong address, an “I” before an “E” where it shouldn’t have been. What followed was a friendship, then romance of sorts. This is the follow-up book to “Love Virtually”, in which Emmi Rothner mistakenly emails Leo Leike and things take off from there.