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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Retired detective Bill Hodges is wasting away in front of his television.  That is, he’s wasting away until a letter makes its way to him, bearing the signature of a killer he wasn’t able to catch.  Suddenly Hodges has something to pry him out of his Laz-E Boy and back on the streets, where he does a little investigating outside the law… to bring the City Center Killer – aka Mr. Mercedes – to justice. Mr. Mercedes is told mainly from two perspectives – Bill Hodges and Brady Hartsfield.  The hero and the villain.  There is never any question of […]

Posted September 20, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

This book is utterly delightful. Seriously, after the dreary dullness of The Witching Hour, I needed a fun book with dragons and princesses.  It doesn’t matter than the novel is intended for middle-grade readers – a fun story is a fun story.  Besides, it’s not overly simplified.  I think an adult could easily enjoy Dealing with Dragons, as long as they don’t go in expecting something resplendent and deep and meaningful. Cimorene is a princess who has had quite enough of that, thank you very much.  At her wits end, she runs away to the dragons when her parents decide they only […]

Posted September 17, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Anyone who feels their confidence in humanity beginning to waver should read My Life on the Road. Gloria Steinem’s memoir is filled with hope, and the beauty of kindness.  It’s the memoir of a feminist and activist, so those without similar ideals may be enraged by the chapters where she discusses her personal views on abortion and women’s rights, but I found the whole thing inspiring. I flew through it, and will need to read it again in the future to absorb it more fully. Most memoirs are written chronologically, but you will find no linear comforts in My Life on the […]

Posted September 16, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I first read The Witching Hour in a two-year struggle between my last year of high school and freshman year of college.  At the time, I loved Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.  I loved the vampires themselves, the richness of the settings (from New Orleans to France and Italy).  I figured I’d love everything by Anne Rice, but The Witching Hour was such a drag… I had to force myself through. Let this be a lesson to you all – always write a review when you read a book.  If you write a review, you’ll remember all the reasons you loved and hated a […]

Posted September 13, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I am hopelessly enamored by my childhood favorites. From The Immortals to Harry Potter to His Dark Materials, the books I read in middle school and high school still remain my sentimental favorites.  I read them over and again, and mostly just applaud myself for my excellent taste. Artemis Fowl is, undoubtedly, my favorite teen boy hero.  And yes, that means I like him better than both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.  I like both their books fine, but Artemis himself takes the cake.  He’s a genius, inventive, confident, and captured an elf.  Sure – Harry and Percy fought gods and supervillain […]

Posted September 6, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I have a really weird relationship with The Winner’s Curse. I’m struggling here to find words to describe this book – I just… don’t know how I feel?  Kestrel is fine, and Arin is fine, and the storyline is fine and the worldbuilding is fine, and I guess when it comes down to it, The Winner’s Curse is just fine.  I enjoyed it enough, but I didn’t find it particularly memorable. This novel is marketed as a fantasy, and I will give it that the world itself seems fantastical in its elements.  There’s a Roman vibe to the world – from conversations about villas […]

Posted September 5, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //