{book} castle juliet

Castle Juliet: A Fantasy By Brandon Berntson* Self-published, 2013. There are a few editions. Alice and Jacky-boy are ten years old and the best of friends. For a year they embark on fantastic adventures, most born from Jack’s relentless imagination. As each season draws to a close, another one opens, revealing its own timeless magicContinue reading “{book} castle juliet”

{comics} no sleeping beauty

The Rise of Aurora West By Paul Pope; J. T. Petty; David Rubín (Illustrator) (First Second Books 2014) tradepaper. Having read Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, naturally I was eager to seek out The Rise of Aurora West. We’d met Aurora West in Battling Boy as the recently orphaned (before our eyes) daughter of Arcopolis’ Science Hero Haggard West. The RiseContinue reading “{comics} no sleeping beauty”

{book} mirrors

Zetta Elliott offered a free copy of her book to interested reviewers. Please do not believe that I proceeded to read and review The Magic Mirror with bias. If you’ve spent any real length of time here on ‘omphaloskepsis’, you know I’m a fair and balanced reviewer, but I felt it should be clarified nonetheless. The MagicContinue reading “{book} mirrors”

{film} a winter’s tale that left me a bit cold

The promise of an urban fantasy in director Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale (2014) was tempting. I have yet to read Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel of the same name, but I do not recall it being panned. Nor had I heard much about the critical reception of the film. I hadn’t sought it out. I figuredContinue reading “{film} a winter’s tale that left me a bit cold”

{comics} lost islands & found creators

Explorer: The Lost Islands  edited by Kazu Kibuishi Amulet Books (Abrams) 2013. tradepaper, 128 pages, incl “about the creators.” Library Loan The highly anticipated second volume to the critically acclaimed Explorer series, “The Lost Islands “is a collection of seven all-new stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists, with each storyContinue reading “{comics} lost islands & found creators”

{comic} questions

Who is AC? by Hope Larson, illustrated by Tintin Pantoja. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. hardcover, 176 pages. 12 & up. borrowed from the Library because you know I am a big fan of Hope Larson’s work. “Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just asContinue reading “{comic} questions”

{film} an imagination realized

Natalya was admittedly anxious about seeing the Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). She adores James Thurber’s 1939 short story as much as the rest of us, and we were all wondering, in our household anyway, what is the story Walter Mitty without his wife in the picture? Yet, a basis is foundContinue reading “{film} an imagination realized”

{film} The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I feel as if my ‘Top Reasons’ to see a film posts are making me a lazy film reviewer. And yet, I going to indulge in another one. In no particular order, I present: The Top 5 (1/2) Reasons to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) #1: You are a fan of both Tolkien andContinue reading “{film} The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

{book} bound-picture-page-funny-tale-carrier

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Skottie Young (as this is the U.S. edition) Harper (HarperCollins) 2013. hardcover.   While mum is off at a conference presenting her paper on lizards, dad is tasked with minding the kids’ schedules, heating pre-made casseroles, and groceries–like the milk supply. Mum isn’t gone long and theContinue reading “{book} bound-picture-page-funny-tale-carrier”

{book} the rithmatist

The Rithmatist (bk 1) by Brandon Sanderson Illustrations by Ben McSweeney Tor, 2013 hardcover, 370 pages. SFF, ages 12 & up. More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’sContinue reading “{book} the rithmatist”