{book} the dead in their vaulted arches

>>a spoiler-free review<< The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce Novel #6) by Alan Bradley ARC thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley release date: January 2014 “Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the EnglishContinue reading “{book} the dead in their vaulted arches”

{book} speaking of paradise

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman Scribner (Simon&Schuster) 2012. hardcover, 224 pages. purchased at a Library sale some time back with a vague memory of reading a positive review from a trusted source. Please:  If you are not a reader of short stories as a general rule, bear with me onContinue reading “{book} speaking of paradise”

{book} it’s bigger on the inside

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman William Morrow (2013); Hardcover, 178 pages. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a novel of childhood and memory. It’s a story of magic, about the power of stories and how we face the darkness inside each of us. It’s about fear, andContinue reading “{book} it’s bigger on the inside”

{film+book} howl’s moving castle

of note: in my desire to compare book and film, I have to spoil the book a bit, but only a bit. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) is inarguably one of Studio Ghibli’s finest and best-known films. Its direction/screenplay is by the masterful Hayao Miyazaki. We have seen it countless times, enjoying the unusual story of aContinue reading “{film+book} howl’s moving castle”

{book} the between

The Between by Tananarive Due Harper Perennial (HarperCollins) 1995 Tradepaper, 274 pages. When Hilton was just a boy, his aged grandmother saved him from drowning by pulling him out of a treacherous ocean current, sacrificing her life for his. Now, thirty years later, Hilton begins to think his borrowed time is running out. His wife,Continue reading “{book} the between”

{book} norwegian wood

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin Vintage Books (Random House), 2000 (orig. 1987) tradepaper, 296 pages. Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their bestContinue reading “{book} norwegian wood”

{book} ico: castle in the mist

ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe very nicely translated by Alexander O. Smith Haika Soru published by VIZ Media, 2011 (orig. 2008) based on “ICO” an award-winning video game for the PS2 (Sony Computer Entertainment, 2001) & now PS 3. Tradepaper, 370 pages. 13 & up A boy with horns, marked for death.Continue reading “{book} ico: castle in the mist”

{book} blink & caution

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones Candlewick Press, 2011. Hardcover, 343 pages. teen/ya fiction. Blink & Caution is a great title, and I was not disappointed that the story and the characters so named were worth the intrigue. Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads – and risk an unexpected connection.Continue reading “{book} blink & caution”

{book} vessel

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon&Schuster), 2012. Hardcover, 424 pages. teen fiction, fantasy. Every 100 years the gods enter their chosen vessels in order to help their tribes regain the kind of footing that humans and nature have caused to slip. This is the only way the gods can intervene usingContinue reading “{book} vessel”

{book} graffiti moon

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 (2010 in Australia) hardcover, 257 pages. contemporary teen fiction. tagline: an artist, a dreamer, a long, mean, night a little wanting song guaranteed I would be reading more of Cath Crowley’s work. I took me a bit of time to get a hold of a copyContinue reading “{book} graffiti moon”