short and sweet

Sean is guest blogging for me today! thanks, darlin’. ~L ******* I’m stepping onto uncomfortable ground as I write this review. My wife being the reader and critic of the family, please be prepared for something a little less than her usually well-written review. _______________________ The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach trans. by Doryl JensenContinue reading “short and sweet”

struggling and zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, (2005). Knopf paperback edition, Sept 2007. 552 pages. Am I  just this indecisive, or is the head-cold slowing me down? Or are my sharpest critical skills dulling? One of the points of this blog is to slow the ingestion of books and consider them, then of course, write aboutContinue reading “struggling and zusak”


I am currently working through two books, or three if the one with Natalya in the evenings counts (which I suppose it does). Natalya and I are reading Frances Hardinge’s Fly By Night. This book is one of my favorites of all time. I read it a couple years ago and I have been waitingContinue reading “z-to-k”

Contemplating Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, Aug 2009. 1st Published under pseudonym Ellis Bell, 1847. (344 pages). A synopsis (borrowed from Barnes&Nobles site): Somber tale of consuming passions and vengeance — played out amid the lonely English moors — recounts the turbulent and tempestuous love story of Cathy and Heathcliff. Poignant andContinue reading “Contemplating Heights”

West by NorthWest

Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss Houghton Mifflin, 1989 *Hardback (186 pages) I met Molly Gloss when I took a class from the incomparable J.C. Davies, a visiting professor from England. The class was Contemporary NorthWest Literature, and the books of Ms. Gloss were Wild Life and The Hearts of Horses; she was the only authorContinue reading “West by NorthWest”

Chbosky’s Wallflower

the perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. MTV Books/Pocket Books, 1999. (213 pages) I got a late start on Banned Books Week, but Tuesday I decided to read the perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. According to the American Library Association, Chbosky’s novel was the 6th out of the top tenContinue reading “Chbosky’s Wallflower”

Startling, Sure. But Dazzling?

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. Grove Press, 1993, 2005. (242 pages, 24 stories). You may have heard about this little collection of short stories. Usually I am more skeptical of a book with this much praise. Beside all the printed reviews, I had several people recommend this book withContinue reading “Startling, Sure. But Dazzling?”

raving (though possibly not yet mad)

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories by Ursula K. LeGuin HarperCollins Publishers, 2002. 362 pages. I am working my way, luxuriously, through Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Birthday of the World and Other Stories. This is my response thus far (in response to the experience, than necessarily a specific story as focus): ** IContinue reading “raving (though possibly not yet mad)”