{book} a monster calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press, 2011. hardcover, 206 pages (ages 12+) I had been warned and still I read it before bed. I had been warned that hankies would come in handier than a well-lit room. That terror subsides for grief,Continue reading “{book} a monster calls”

{book} fly by night

Hopefully we will be seeing more and more of guest: N to the point she will have a regular “column” with clever name and logo and everything. This would be a really good thing. It is always good to see her and it was a pleasant surprise when she sent me the file for today’sContinue reading “{book} fly by night”

{book} girlchild

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. Hardcover, 271 pages. borrowed from Library. When I’d first heard of Girlchild, I left with the impression that it would be a story set in a harsh landscape with a resilient and quirky young protagonist—ala Susan Patron’s Lucky or Kate DiCamillo’s India Opal. But this isContinue reading “{book} girlchild”

{book} adams’ hitchhiker’s guide

{“A Suprised Looking Whale and Bowl of Petunias” by Jonathan Burton} The daughter is stopping in to share: The inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy. I find it flabbergasting that one can lay in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1971, being faintly drunk and having a horrible day overall, and brilliantly (though slightly deliriously) come upContinue reading “{book} adams’ hitchhiker’s guide”

{book} seraphina

Seraphina (bk 1) by Rachel Hartman Random House, 2012. hardcover, 451 pages + “cast” & “glossary”. own copy.   Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical mindsContinue reading “{book} seraphina”

{book} about a boy

About a Boy by Nick Hornby. Riverhead Books (Penguin), 1998(99) Tradepaper, “movie tie-in” version, 307 pages. own. Nick Hornby’s second bestselling novel is about sex, manliness and fatherhood. Will is thirty-six, comfortable and child-free. And he’s discovered a brilliant new way of meeting women – through single-parent groups. Marcus is twelve and a little bitnerdish:Continue reading “{book} about a boy”

{book} high fidelity

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby Riverhead Books (Penguin), 1995 tradepaper (1996). own. I’ve been in a bit of reading slump, barely managing my Early American Lit course assignments (which had some great texts!). We’d just unpacked the books and recreated a few shelves dedicated to books we wanted to read sooner than later. We have mostContinue reading “{book} high fidelity”

{book} you are not a stranger here

“You and all the inheritors of wealth who think life is a matter of perfected sentiment. You are wrong.” (“The Volunteer” 237) You know those books you should have just gone ahead and read because people you trust swore by them? You Are Not a Stranger Here: Stories by Adam Haslett has been sitting onContinue reading “{book} you are not a stranger here”

{book} my name is mina

Do you ever have the urge to write an author and transcriptionally hug and kiss them because of your profound gratitude for their having been born and having written this one particular book? I usually hug the book instead. And I’ve been hugging My Name is Mina the past few days. I should really write thoseContinue reading “{book} my name is mina”

{book} old man’s war

When Carl V. (of Stainless Steel Droppings) highly recommends a book*, read it—you’ll be grateful. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is incredibly fun; a wonderfully rendered sci-fi adventure with a very sweet love story. I read very few space Sci-Fi stories (I watch exponentially more). I read even fewer novels where the protagonists are inContinue reading “{book} old man’s war”