Book Review: Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse


With this collection of eleven short stories, the prolific English humorist who created Jeeves and Wooster proves that his style of adventures can be fun even without the ever-resourceful Jeeves. All of the stories feature upper-class chumps of the Bertie Wooster set, who are constantly getting caught in wacky situations involving girls, country mansions, daffy uncles, hard-nosed aunts, money troubles, mistaken identities, and various dangers ranging from a punch on the nose to (even worse) ... Read More »

Book Review: Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse


This 1930 short-story collection, entirely devoted to the hilarious adventures of Bertie Wooster and his “private gentleman’s gentleman” Jeeves, was the third book of its kind, according to the author’s foreword, which names The Inimitable Jeeves and Carry On, Jeeves as its predecessors. The foreword also helpfully provides a script, both in English and in French, for how to ask your friendly neighborhood bookseller to sell you the book. The stories themselves (eleven of them) had previously been published ... Read More »

Book Review: The Dortmunder Series by Donald E. Westlake


Okay, now I’m going to catch it, after telling you so many times how important it is to distinguish the bad guys from the good guys. But these are light-hearted books that will make you light-headed with laughter, so I don’t think there’s much harm. Yes, Dortmunder is a cat burglar. He is, in fact, one of the greatest criminal masterminds ever to call New York City his home. He can dream up some of ... Read More »

Book Review: Ukridge by P.G. Wodehouse


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


In 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


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


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


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


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 »