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Book Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris

I’ve never read anything by Brandon Sanderson before, and I’m generally leery of thick fantasy novels that have the look of “Book One of a Punishingly Long Series.” Three things convinced me to give this book a try. First is the fact that, although it was his first published novel back in 2005, Sanderson hasn’t written any sequels to it… yet. I’m told he plans to, but so far all he has rolled out is ... Read More »

Book Review: The Wizard in the Tree by Lloyd Alexander

WizardTree

If Chocolate Frogs Famous Wizard Cards featured beloved wizards from the pages of literature, you know there would be a card each for J. K. Rowling’s Dumbledore, and Tolkien’s Gandalf, and Peter Beagle’s Schmendrick, and John Bellairs’ Prospero… I’ve already got quite a long list in mind. Now that I’ve read this brief book by the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winning author of the Prydain Chronicles, I have another name to add to ... Read More »

Book Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

ChittyBang

We’ve run into this problem before: First it was a novel. Then it was adapted, more successfully than faithfully, into a movie. Then came a film novelization, a novel designed to be more faithful to the movie than the movie was to the original novel. They did it to Pierre Boulle’s Planet of the Apes. More recently, it happened to Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. It even happened to another book by Ian ... Read More »

Book Review: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Wildwood

When I saw this book at the public library, I thought it had a striking design. This, including loads of quirky but beautiful illustrations, is the work of Carson Ellis, who has also decorated books by Lemony Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart. As for the author, I thought his name sounded familiar. Only later, after I had brought the book home, did I connect it with the alternative-rock band The Decembrists, of which Colin Meloy ... Read More »

Book Review: Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

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Random House sent me a copy of this latest book by the author of the 100 Cupboards and Ashtown Burials series. I thank the author and his wife for arranging it, and apologize for once again taking so long over such a short book. Released in April 2014, it is as Heather Wilson described it to me, a mash-up of “Beowulf + football + Florida swamps.” As befits a book based on an epic poem—the ... Read More »

Book Review: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Quixote

Everyone who meets Don Quixote is amazed that one and the same person can be so wise and well-spoken regarding most things, and so completely insane when it comes to chivalry and the deeds of knight-errantry. Really a sensible old country gentleman, he has had his head turned by “books of chivalry”—romances about the apocryphal acts of apocryphal knights, their quests and amours, their saintly virtues and their military exploits. At times it seems possible ... 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 »