Book Review: Ukridge by P.G. Wodehouse

Ukridge

This collection of ten short stories, also published under the title He Rather Enjoyed It, is devoted to the escapades of one Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, who also features in 13 other shorts (collected elsewhere) and the novel Love Among the Chickens. Because the stories in this book share a number of characters in common—besides the S.F.U. himself and his oft-exasperated biographer James “Corky” Corcoran—and thanks to other interrelated details, it almost holds together as a novel. That ... Read More »

Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

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n Book 2 of the Leviathan trilogy, an alternate-history version of World War I continues to play out between two great powers of Europe: the Clankers, whose war machines have advanced at an accelerated rate to include walking tanks and helicopter drones, as well as planes, submarines, and battleships; and the Darwinists, who have replaced mechanical technology with bio-engineered monstrosities such as the whale-sized, hydrogen-breathing airbeast Leviathan, known to our protagonists as home. But the friendship between Alek ... Read More »

Book Review: Ring for Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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This novel-length installment in the Jeeves-Wooster adventures is an odd duck in several ways. The first thing you notice is that it is narrated in the third person, rather than in the voice of playboy Bertie or his manservant Jeeves. Second, while Bertie is frequently mentioned, he doesn’t appear in this story. Jeeves has been loaned to the former Bill Belfry, now styled the 9th Earl of Rowcester (pronounced just like “Roaster”). Third, World War ... Read More »

Book Review: My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Jeeves

One of my fellow audio-book enthusiasts put me on the scent of the hilarious series collectively known as “Jeeves and Wooster.” These are a series of novels and short stories poking satirical fun at an idle rich young Englishman named Bertie Wooster, whose valet Jeeves leads him around by the nose but makes it worthwhile by always knowing what to do in any awkward situation. These stories were published in book form starting in 1917, ... Read More »

Book Review: Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull

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Book Four in the awesome Fablehaven series is — do I need to say it? — awesome. It begins with Kendra Sorenson being kidnapped by a magical creature whose nature is so fiendish, the thought of it could keep you awake all night. How can you trust anybody in a world with stingbulbs in it? A stingbulb is a rare fruit covered in venomous spines. Once it pricks you, it turns into an exact clone ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Our Boys’ starring Matthew Lewis

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The buzz surrounding current West End production, Our Boys is hardly surprising. Of the six cast members, one is a Potter film alumnus (Matthew Lewis), another, an ex-Doctor Who companion (Arthur Darvill) and a third, the lead in a prime-time ITV drama as well as the husband of an ex-Doctor Who companion (Laurence Fox). Whilst this is surely an appealing factor for a vast number of the audience members, myself included, it certainly doesn’t distract away from the performances ... Read More »

MuggleNet attends Supanova Expo in Brisbane, Australia, November 9-11, 2012

Supanova Expo 2012

On the weekend of November 9 2012, MuggleNet asked me to correspond for them from Supanova Brisbane. This article will provide readers with everything they need to know to get the most out of attending a Supanova Expo. Supanova Pop Culture Expo is the convention that gives Australian fans of “science-fiction, pulp TV/movies, toys, console gaming, trading cards, animation/cartoons, fantasy, comic books, entertainment technology, books, internet sites and fan-clubs” an opportunity to celebrate everything that ... Read More »

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Fan of the Week: Angie – June 10, 2012

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ANGIE Age 33 – Australia First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan? I first became a fan when a dear friend lent me her copy of harry potter and the philosphers stone (as its called here in Australia) Now that all eight films are complete, how to feel about the movie series as a whole? Favorite? Least favorite? I am saddened that the movies are over but what a great ride it ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Ava – June 3, 2012

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AVA Age 9 – Canada   First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan? I used to think Harry Potter was some weird series about that kind of wizard that lives in a castle, has a long white beard and uses a crystal ball all the time. My friend Rae loved Harry Potter. She always said ” Ava, you’ll love Harry Potter. Please watch one with me.” my mum disagreed: ” Nope. To ... Read More »