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Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

I have a very short list of things that thoroughly inspire me to create, and Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld trilogy is on it. I was first introduced to this world by the 2008 film, even though my brother had beautiful copies of Inkheart and Inkspell that neither of us had read.  Sometime over the years, I stole Inkheart and it lives on my bookshelf, where my brother still has the copy of Inkspell.  And yes, okay, I know that the movie is not the book?  But I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Paul Bethany as Dustfinger and Brendan Fraser as Mo.  I’m not going to argue […]

Posted October 21, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I am absolutely and unapologetically obsessed with Amy Schumer. Before reading The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, I appreciated and respected her.  I watch(ed) her show, I loved Trainwrecked, but I found her other movies just okay.  What I like about her was that she tells jokes I care about.  My husband loves comedians, but I can only take so many penis jokes.  Amy tells vagina jokes (and seriously, a lot of other clever jokes… but she’s sorta known for the vagina stuff), and also promotes against gun violence, and has a body that makes me feel like I am actually allowed to exist. […]

Posted October 14, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

In the kingdom across the mountains, a spell is spreading.  It started sixty or eighty years ago, when a wicked witch cast a spell on a princess for her name day.  It would not be such a problem, except that the sleep is spreading beyond the castle and closer and closer to the neighboring kingdom.  At a mile or two a day, the plague will soon capture them all. The queen has no intention of allowing her kingdom to fall asleep, and so she delays her wedding and sets off with three dwarves to find the source of the curse […]

Posted October 11, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

When she was a little girl, Dr. Rose Franklin fell into a hole and landed in an open metal palm.  As soon as she was found, the military swooped in and took over the site, and Rose and her family never heard another peep about the strange discovery.  Years later, now a doctor of physics, the hand resurfaces and Rose in put in charge of a project that could change the course of humanity. I loved this book, and it came completely unexpected.  Sleeping Giants is written is a series of interviews conducted by a nameless protagonist and a couple […]

Posted October 4, 2018 in Reviews // 8 Comments //
Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty

Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty

I really want to call bullshit on this book. Okay, okay, don’t get me wrong.  His discussion about of mindfulness, meditation, and visualization are all important things.  The psychological aspects are interesting, and I agree with that part of it.  It’s the memoir-aspects that I’m not buying. James R. Doty, apparently, got everything he wanted through luck, obstinance, and visualization.  Take his college experience – he didn’t even know how to GET into college, then by complete coincidence a girl hands him an application.  He fills it out and sends it without an application fee.  He gets accepted.  He goes to […]

Posted September 26, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
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 //