{book} there is more than this

More Than This by Patrick Ness Candlewick Press, 2013. Hardcover 472 pages in 4 parts More Than This is hard to talk about without giving too much away. I can’t even ‘tag’ the post w/ a genre as it would prove too suggestive. So I will do my best to keep this spoiler-free because itContinue reading “{book} there is more than this”

{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} 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”

the sense of an ending

Note: this post is quote heavy, as you can see. it can be (for the most part) read without them; i just chose not to restrain myself. “This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature. Look at our parents–were they the stuff of Literature? At best, they mightContinue reading “the sense of an ending”

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Quirk Books, 2011. hardcover, 352 pages. It is easy for a young boy to believe the tales woven by a loving grandfather–of monsters, a magical home, and children with amazing powers. But as that boy matures his grandfather’s tales develop the taint of untruth and whatContinue reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

lost & found

(from The Red Tree) Lost & Found : 3 by Shaun Tan Arthur A Levine Books, 2011. A Shaun Tan book is a joy for ever. Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. [L & Keats] Yes, I’ve a grand love for Shaun Tan’s work. His words and his artwork really resonate with me. WhenContinue reading “lost & found”

Sorry by Gail Jones

a “review” that fast became notes because the three-to-four-paragraph-review -intention got out of hand, and I ceased caring that it had; although what follows is spoiler-free but for a demarcated section which could be rife with spoilery, but I wanted to put the remarks out there just the same, because, you know, I ceased caring.Continue reading “Sorry by Gail Jones”

Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)

Stories: All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio William Morrow & Company, 2010 Hardcover, 448 pages. 27 stories, introduction, and brief contributors’ bios. “Talking to Al Sarrantino I realised that I was not alone in finding myself increasingly frustrated with the boundaries of genre: the idea that categories which existed only to guideContinue reading “Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)”

another Hardinge

“Just between you and me,” Mosca whispered, “radicalism is all about walkin’ on the grass.” (Fly Trap, 337) Reading Frances Hardinge’s books are a dangerous proposition. I recommend them to everyone aged 10 and up. In Lost Conspiracy there is colonialism, cannibalism, and genocide. In Fly By Night there is religious/political terrorism, atheism, and bookContinue reading “another Hardinge”

a thousand rooms of dream and fear

a thousand rooms of dream and fear by Atiq Rahimi Translated from Dari by Sara Maguire and Yama Yari I read the Other Press Edition, 2011. Hardcover, 147 pages. I picked this up on a whim while browsing the newer release shelf at the Library. At 147 pages and sparsely printed pages at that, IContinue reading “a thousand rooms of dream and fear”