Book Review: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Recommended Ages: 12+ The title of this book varies from one edition to another. Sometimes it is published with a “The” at the beginning. Sometimes “Strange Case of” is omitted. Sometimes it is even given simply as Jekyll & Hyde. It’s not as though the printer needs to save ink; it’s a very short book, a novella really. There are even more versions ... Read More »

Book Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Persuasion by Jane Austen Recommended Ages: 12+ The last novel completed by the author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma, was first published in 1818, the year after Austen’s death at age 41. Yet though a wistful shadow lies across this book, perhaps in consequence of its author’s failing health, it remains like all her novels a romantic comedy: romantic, because no subject drew on her experience more than the drawing-room society ... Read More »

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Book Review: Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin Recommended Ages: 13+ Life is harsh in the northern uplands where Orrec Caspro grows up. The climate is cold. The farmers and serfs scratch an uneasy living out of indifferent soil. The land-owning families that lead them are divided by vicious feuds. And the most powerful among them, honored with the title Brantor, wield terrible powers. One family’s gift is calling to animals, which can be helpful when you’re ... Read More »

Book Review: Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

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Poltergeist by Kat Richardson Recommended Ages: 14+ In this sequel to Greywalker, Seattle-based private detective Harper Blaine takes further steps toward understanding her strange new ability to see, and move around in, the world of ghosts, vampires, and necromancers. Months after her cases start to get weird—thanks to a near-death-experience that gave her this unwanted talent—Harper gets called in to catch whoever is faking results in a college psychology experiment. The paranormal catch is that ... Read More »

Book Review: Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin Recommended Ages: 13+ When we last saw him in The Farthest Shore, wizard Ged was the Archmage and had just saved the world with the help of Earthsea’s young king. When we last saw her in The Tombs of Atuan, Tenar had just escaped from being the priestess and slave of a dark power, and had helped Ged restore a ring and a rune that kept the world in ... Read More »

Book Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

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Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up. Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal. Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘CBGB’ starring Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint

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CBGB Film by Randall Miller Starring:  Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Freddy Rodriguez, & Rupert Grint Rated: R for Adult Situations, Adult Language and Violence CBGB  is enjoyable as a film, but falls short in really reaching the mythos of the iconic club and its importance in the punk rock community.  Alan Rickman once again turns in a stellar performance as Hilly Kristal, the twice bankrupt owner of CBGB.  His portrayal of the stubborn and frustrating ... Read More »

Book Review: One Fine Potion by Greg Garrett

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One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter by Greg Garrett Recommended Ages: 13+ In my duplex review of two religious interpretations of Harry Potter, I wrapped up with a list of additional books covering the criticism of Harry Potter from a religious or mythical point of view. One reason I didn’t include this book on that list was that, at the time, I wasn’t sure it had anything to do with religion; another ... Read More »

Book Review: Two Religious Interpretations of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter: A Christian Chronicle by Sonia Falaschi-Ray The Boy Who Lived: Magic(k)al Spirituality in the Harry Potter Universe by Rik Potter In the DVD special features for the movie Groundhog Day, director Harold Ramis describes the feedback he received from Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists, and members of other religions, all convinced that the film has a coded message connected with their beliefs. Ramis’s bemused response suggests that most, if not all, of these religious ... Read More »