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Book Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson


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 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 »