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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime was not the memoir I expected.  At this point, I’ve read a few different memoirs, of comedians, actresses, singers, and so forth.  Most of them follow the same basic theme – the first few chapters cover childhood, but most the book is about their rise to fame and the thing they are most known for.  Born a Crime doesn’t do that at all.  Trevor Noah’s memoir bypasses his ascent, and focuses on his roots. This alone endears me to the books – so many memoirs (even the good ones) spend a lot of time talking about themselves, but […]

Posted March 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Everything you ever wanted to know about Quidditch! Quidditch Through the Ages is a fun companion book to the Harry Potter series.  Originally sold in 2001 as an effort to raise money for the Comic Relief charity, Quidditch Through the Ages was part of a two-part “Hogwarts Library” series (later joined by The Tales of Beedle the Bard).  If you want to know the history, rules, and teams behind the popular wizarding sport, this book is a must have. At only 56 pages, this is a quick read. This book is not intended to give you the mechanics of how to bewitch […]

Posted October 18, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls by Emma Cline

The first few chapters were difficult to push through. Cline’s writing style is so different than the traditional style. She writes in a lot of fragmented sentences, but once you get into it, the story flows. It is a memory; it is the story of a woman living with great fear and shame. It’s actually quite good. Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | Bloglovin’ | LibraryThing

Posted August 6, 2016 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Power That Preserves by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Power That Preserves by Stephen R. Donaldson

After a long period of waiting for something to happen, I finally find myself liking a book in this trilogy. It took until the middle of the book, granted, but then I flew right through it. The pace picked up, the characters gained interest. It was good, but I’m sad that it was so long coming. However, saying that, I must emphasize again that Donaldson’s style is a much vaguer, slower-paced style than I prefer to start with, so those who like that type of writing style will have probably liked this book from the beginning. Donaldson leaves a lot […]

Posted July 27, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Illearth War by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Illearth War by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Illearth War is just more of the same. Whereas in my previous review I excused Donaldson for being tedious because it was the first book in the series and required a certain amount of introductory information, he has thusfar failed to add any level of excitement. The reader’s feeling of “leaving the story just as soon as something interesting has happened” becomes stronger, and more disappointing. Some things felt too obvious, and perhaps it was intended to be that way, in order to let the reader feel like they know something about the book, only to throw them off […]

Posted June 28, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

I didn’t hate this book. My thoughts on it almost all the way up were negative, but I didn’t hate it. This is why: I am a character writer, and by association, a character reader. Meaning that I am incredibly judgmental about the depth and quality of characters in the books I read. I loathed Thomas Convenant. He was – to me – the epitome of a despicable character. From a writer’s perspective, though, I understand that he wasn’t supposed to be likable. However, needing to follow him through the Land and listening to his constant whining became a tad […]

Posted May 17, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //