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Book Review: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

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Here is a collection of eleven stories, ranging from very short up to novelette length, supplementing the novels of the Dresden Files. One was written before Storm Front, the very first Dresden novel, when Harry was still an apprentice detective and Jim Butcher was still learning to write. Another was suggested by his publisher as a promotional gimmick for one of his earlier books. One was written for this collection. And the rest were originally ... Read More »

Book Review: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull

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After reading the first book in the Beyonders trilogy, I decided to drop everything and go to the library to fetch Book 2. This turned into a whirlwind tour of five (5) library branches, after which I came home with two armloads of books to read. Happily, I was able to get my hands on this, the middle book of the trilogy, and read it with an exquisitely tuned balance between relish and haste. And ... Read More »

Review: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

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Thirteen-year-old Jason is an ordinary, baseball-playing, zoo-volunteering kid from Colorado, until the day he hears music coming out of a hippopotamus. Leaning closer, he falls into the hippo’s mouth, slides down a long chute, and comes out at the bottom of a hollow tree in a completely different world. It’s not how most visitors from our reality find their way to the magical land of Lyrian. Later, Jason meets a girl his age named Rachel, ... Read More »

Book Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

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Give a Chicago private eye a magic wand and what do you get? Well, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, mostly. But Harry Dresden is a wizard of our time—a little rusty with high-tech gadgetry, to be sure, but also a VW Beetle-driving, pop-culture-riffing, very human wizard. One reviewer frequently quoted in jacket blurbs of the Dresden novels likens him to a mash-up of Philip Marlowe and Merlin. But actually, he’s a lot more like Richard Castle ... Read More »

Book Review: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

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In Book 3 of the Odd Thomas series, the young fry-cook who sees dead people has retreated to a monastery in the mountains for a needed break from the stress of his quiet hometown. He only wants a little time to heal from two harrowing encounters with monsters in human form. But his respite is cut short by the appearance of bodachs at the abbey—or more precisely, in the school for mentally and physically disabled ... Read More »

Book Review: ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm by Judy Probus

ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm

ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm By Judy Probus Hanna and Trevor want to be just like their big brother, Ace Edwards. But Zhii wants Ace to go back to earth ASAP so she can save her planet from destruction on her own. And Ace? Well Ace just wants to win the Alabama State Championship football game for his team. Little does he know that a dragon, a martial arts master magician who kind of looks ... Read More »

Book Review: The Mystery by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

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The third book of the Troubletwisters series pits young Wardens-in-waiting Jaide Shield and her twin brother Jack against yet another threat to the wards that protect the town of Portland from The Evil. You know, that force of emptiness that comes from another dimension and wants to take over everything. They have thwarted The Evil twice before. But if there’s one lesson The Evil seems to learn faster than Grandma X and the other good ... Read More »

7 “Harry Potter”-Inspired Creations That’ll Knock You Off Your Broomstick

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Last week, a friend of mine who knows me all too well sent me an email with nothing in the subject but “You’ve got to see this!!!” For those of you who’ve had an email account for quite a while and have had the misfortune of landing your alias on a never-ending, spam-the-crap-out-of-you-with-diet-pill-and-“PC-cleanup”-software emails list, you can imagine my initial urge was to instantly mark the email as spam and be done with it. However, curiosity got the best of me, and I opened the email to find myself looking at a Marauder’s Map cardigan; needless to say the geek in me went wild, and I spent the next two hours googling awesome and creative "Potter"-inspired goodies—here are a few of my finds. Read More »

Book Review: The Monster by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

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The second book in the Troubletwisters series finds the small seaside town of Portland threatened by a fragment of The Evil that menaced it in Book 1. At least, so the Shield twins suspect. Jack and Jaide are still a bit jumpy after their narrow victory in their first adventure. The wards are all intact, protecting Portland, and the world, from the all-consuming hunger that lurks outside our universe. But Jack can never forget how ... Read More »

Book Review: Troubletwisters by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

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The cover art of this book gives a misleading impression of what kind of trouble the “troubletwisters” specialize in. The fact that the book actually does feature several tornadoes and a hurricane may add to that impression. So you may be surprised to learn that the term “troubletwisters” in this book does not have anything to do with cyclones, as such. Troubletwisters are kids who have started to manifest powers—powers which, if brought under control ... Read More »