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Book Review: Greywalker by Kat Richardson

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Greywalker by Kat Richardson Recommended Ages: 14+ Seattle private detective Harper Blaine is just doing her job when, in this book’s opening pages, somebody up and beats her to death for no apparent reason. Don’t worry; she gets better. But after being dead for around two minutes, there’s no going back to business as usual. Even after the physical injuries are healed, Harper is haunted by strange images that flicker on the edge of her ... Read More »

Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen

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Emma by Jane Austen Recommended Ages: 12+ This 1815 novel is the fourth of six books by the first name in English-Regency-period romantic comedy, published only two years before its author’s death at age 42. While I found it engaging and pleasurable to read, I am glad that Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility formed my first acquaintance with Jane Austen’s work, rather than this novel. Those books are so liberally seasoned with romantic ... Read More »

Review: The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott

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The Night Itself – buy it by Zoë Marriott – her website Recommended Ages: 13+ The first book in Marriott’s The Name of the Blade series proves to be a fast paced action packed urban fantasy, with danger, friendship and romance. It will leave readers gasping for more. Fifteen year old Mio has had bad dreams for years – ever since her grandfather revealed that she was to inherit a priceless sword as a family ... Read More »

Review: Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

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Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini Recommended Ages: 12+ As they went, he considered her admiringly, and marveled at himself that it should have taken him so long fully to realize her slim, unusual grace, and to find her, as he now did, so entirely desirable, a woman whose charm must irradiate all the life of a man, and touch its commonplaces with magic. I chose this quote (see inset) to illustrate why this book has ... Read More »

Review: The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander

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The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander Recommended Ages: 11+ “Lidi was not easy to ignore, especially when flame shot out of her fingertips. Also, she had an attractive smile.” A book that begins with a pair of sentences like this is off to a strong start. There’s even more to say about it if it comes to an ending as mindblowing and intense as this book does. If, in between a strong start and a ... Read More »

Review: Little People by Tom Holt

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Little People—buy it by Tom Holt—his website Recommended Ages: 14+ At age eight, Mike Higgins was playing Captain Kirk in his backyard when he spotted a tiny, green-skinned man with pointy ears, leaning against a head of lettuce and smoking a hand-rolled cigarette. “‘Mummy, mummy,’ I yelled out as I ran back into the house. Guess what! There are Vulcans at the bottom of our garden!’” Being the boy who saw an elf shapes the ... Read More »

Book Review: The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Gray Wolf Throne—buy it by Cinda Williams Chima—her website—my interview with her Recommended Ages: 14+ In The Demon King, the author of the “Heir Chronicles” introduced a marvelous fantasy country in which the powers and interests of three groups—the noble families of the lowland Valefolk, the craftsmen and warriors of the upland Clans, and the Council of Wizards descended from a race of foreign invaders—are held in a delicate balance by the line of ... Read More »

Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

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Cold Days—buy it by Jim Butcher—his website Recommended Ages: 14+ Book 14 of “The Dresden Files” follows up on Chicago-based wizard/detective Harry Dresden’s apparent death in Changes and post-death experiences in Ghost Story. If you haven’t read those books yet, I’ve already spoiled that much; to say anything about this book, I’ll have to spoil a lot more. It’s too late to pull out now, so here goes: Dresden lives! Can I avoid spoilers by ... Read More »

Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations—buy it by Charles Dickens—Wiki him Recommended Ages: 13+ There was a time in the British Commonwealth when crimes that would formerly have been punished by death were commuted to a sentence of “transportation.” This is to say, the convicted criminals were packed into prison-ships and banished to Australia, to become forced colonists. There they led such a hard life that only the toughest succeeded—but even the most successful colonials would have gone home ... Read More »

Review: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

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Our Mutual Friend—buy it by Charles Dickens—Wiki him Recommended Ages: 13+ Death by drowning in the River Thames. Murder by blunt object, made to look like death by drowning. Innocent hands made to look guilty of said murder. Money, and expectations of inheriting money, acting as a poison that corrupts men’s (and women’s) virtue, hardens their heart, blights their future, destroys their life. Poverty, even unto starvation, appearing less horrible than the remedy thereof—and possibly ... Read More »