a Find

The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins, 2009. Ages 10 & Up. 576 pages. The Lost Conspiracy:  576 pages are daunting for me. But for Frances Hardinge, the attempt is worth it. I figured I would try to divide up the book by chapter or page number, determined to get through and make time onContinue reading “a Find”

long and … (pt 2 The Carpet Makers)

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach Translated by Doryl Jensen Tor Books, 304 pages. Andreas Eschbach’s The Carpet Makers came to me via my husband Sean. Sean picked the book up at the library, starts reading, and right away suggests I would like it, even before finishing. He wrote this as comment on goodreads.com: ThisContinue reading “long and … (pt 2 The Carpet Makers)”

doors and daydreams, or daydreams as doors

You may actually want to have read the The Way Through Doors first this time. But I wouldn’t mind a read through my, er, notes, ramblings, take..? **** The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball Vintage Contemporaries, Random House, 2009 240 pages. With his debut novel, Samedi the Deafness, Jesse Ball emerged as one ofContinue reading “doors and daydreams, or daydreams as doors”

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”

Rabbi Harvey

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006. 123 pages. I found a review of The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey by Steve Sheinkin on the blog Welcome to My Tweendom. Ever on the look-out for a kid friendly yetContinue reading “Rabbi Harvey”


The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press, 2009 201 pages. The back of The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo reads “From the author of The Tale of Despereaux comes a story about trusting the unexpected—and making the extraordinary come true.” I like this. It could also say, From the author of The Amazing JourneyContinue reading “elephantine”

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”

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)”


The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group), 2009. Children’s 9-12 (160 pages) If you have not yet read any of Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes mysteries, that is a correction that should soon be made. The Cryptic Crinoline is the fifth in the series and Springer and EnolaContinue reading “holmes”