Archive for August, 2014

let’s review: if i stay

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Before, Mia’s decisions centered on what kind of music to listen to, which piece to play on her cello, what to wear on her first date with Adam, (the lead guitarist in a rising “emo-core” band), and whether or not to apply to Juilliard, even if it means leaving Adam and her home behind. Then, [...]

let’s review: the unseen guest

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The third tale in Maryrose Wood’s Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, entitled The Unseen Guest, continues the adventures of Miss Penelope Lumley, governess to the three Incorrigible children, who were raised by wolves and taken in by Lord Frederick Ashton of Ashton Place. The mystery of the Incorrigibles’ origins is explored a bit further [...]

let’s review: the truth is a cave in the black mountains

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Neil Gaiman’s The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains is just what its subtitle promises: “A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds.” Originally a story included in another collection, and then a story performance for a festival at the Sydney Opera House, this graphic novel-esque tale is the collaboration [...]

let’s review: the secret life of violet grant

Monday, August 18th, 2014

An old suitcase, marked for Zurich just before WWI, arrives years later in the mail for Miss Vivian Schuyler of New York City, who discovers that this suitcase and its contents belonged to her great aunt Violet Grant. Alternating chapters unfold the stories of both Vivian in 1964 and Violet in 1914, often with parallel [...]

let’s review: the magician’s land

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

“He’d been right about the world, but he was wrong about himself. The world was a desert, but he was a magician, and to be a magician was to be a secret spring–a moving oasis. He wasn’t desolate, and he wasn’t empty. He was full of emotion, full of feelings, bursting with them, and when [...]

the year of the book club

Friday, August 8th, 2014

I like to talk about books. Perhaps a bit too much, but who’s to say? : ) When I find people who also like to read books and talk about them, I consider this one of life’s little gems. When some of my gal pals and I realized we happened to have fairly similar tastes [...]

let’s review: the lowland

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

“Most people trusted in the future, assuming that their preferred version of it would unfold. Blindly planning for it, envisioning things that weren’t the case. This was the working of the will. This was what gave the world purpose and direction. Not what was there but what was not.” The lowland outside the Mitra family’s [...]