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Book Review: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin


The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Recommended Ages: 14+ Winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, this book by the author of A Wizard of Earthsea more than deserves to be in the company of such books as Stranger in a Strange Land, Dune, Foundation’s Edge, Ender’s Game, American Gods, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. It packs ... Read More »

Review: The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling


The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling Recommended Ages: 14+ When I admit that I waited to read J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults until the audio-book version came available at my local library, I knowingly risk my credibility as the book reviewer for the internet’s Number One Harry Potter Fan Site. In fact, I left it till so late that I was still reading it when news broke that J. K. R. had ... Read More »

Review: The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud


The Golem’s Eye—buy it by Jonathan Stroud—his website Recommended Ages: 13+ If a boxed set of Harry Potter were to fall through the looking-glass, what came out the other side might be a lot like the “Bartimaeus Trilogy,” of which this is Book 2. The fantasy world in this series is somewhat of a bizarro, backward-land version of Harry’s wizarding world, which forms a secret enclave within the present-day world of us ordinary muggles. In ... Read More »