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Book Review: Horns by Joe Hill

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Recommended Ages 18+* Horns is devilish good fun, and yes, I’m well aware of how obvious that pun is. But truly, this book is one crafty piece of literature that offers a study in romance, religion, and relationships that is anything but typical. Ig is a pretty normal guy until the love of his life since they were kids turns up dead and everyone suspects him of murdering her. But with no proof to convict ... Read More »

Book Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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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 »

The Melting Cauldron: How America Teaches Magic

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Goblet of Fire gave us a tiny glimpse into the magical world outside of Hogwarts and British wizarding communities. We got informed impressions of Europe’s other wizarding schools—Beauxbatons and Durmstrang—as well as glimpses of other pockets of wizarding society at the Quidditch World Cup, notably the Salem Witches’ Institute. America is arguably the largest group of consumers of the Harry Potter series, and what young (or old, for that matter) American reader hasn’t wished for ... Read More »

Book Review: Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin Recommended Ages: 13+ In the second book of “Annals of the Western Shore,” gifted maker (poet) Orrec Caspro and his animal-whisperer wife Gry Barre come to the city of Ansul, fabled for its literature and its scholarly culture. But it seems they have come seventeen years too late: for Ansul has been conquered by the Alds, the people of the Asudar desert to the east. Unlike the people of ... Read More »

Book Review: Two YA Baseball Novels

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Choosing Up Sides by John H. Ritter Recommended Ages: 12+ More than five years ago, I reviewed The Boy Who Saved Baseball by this author, who is totally not the actor from Three’s Company. In that review, I said that I planned to read more of his books in the near future. I was true to my word, but only to the extent that I have had this book and another by the same author ... 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 »

Review: Adam Bede by George Eliot

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Adam Bede—buy it by George Eliot—wiki her Recommended Ages: 13+ In the imaginary village of Hayslope, on the frontier between the nonexistent English counties of Loamshire and Stonyshire, round about the year 1799, a strong, manly carpenter named Adam Bede lives with his doting mother (who becomes a widow in an early chapter) and his gentle, sensitive brother Seth. The brothers love the two pretty nieces of a prosperous farmer and his wife who live ... Read More »

Interview: Richard Burton, author of “Godsent”

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MuggleNet had the pleasure of speaking with Godsent author, Richard Burton, about his book and the upcoming film adaptation. The book, which is a thriller with wild twists & turns that will keep you guessing right through to the very last page. Please note: This interview may contain spoilers. MuggleNet: What inspired you to write Godsent? Richard Burton: I have always enjoyed creative writing and really wanted to write a novel about a subject matter that had ... Read More »