{book} hold fast

a lengthy, shockingly spoiler-free, post for Blue Balliett’s latest. This isn’t an apology, merely an acknowledgment. There are so many lovely and terribly relevant explorations …  Hold Fast by Blue Balliett Scholastic Press, 2013. hardcover, 274 pages. Where is Early’s father? He’s not the kind of father who would disappear. But he’s gone . .Continue reading “{book} hold fast”

{film} a hitchcock & a comédie romantique

Film studies like my Literature courses taught me a very important truth: just because I need to view/read a classic or iconic piece does not mean I will enjoy it—or even get it (without certain contexts, and even then). The most liberating assertion was that I didn’t even have to like it, I just hadContinue reading “{film} a hitchcock & a comédie romantique”

{book} the secret of the fortune wookiee

Tom Angleberger is a household favorite. [After borrowing it from the Library, Natalya insisted on owning Fake Mustache —review pending, but know she has read it and referenced it often.] I think Origami Yoda is brilliant and was pleased at how well Darth Paper followed suit. Needless to say, The Secret of the Fortune WookieeContinue reading “{book} the secret of the fortune wookiee”

{book} grounded

Sometimes it pays to misbehave. Or does it? Daralynn is grounded the day her daddy goes up in his air-o-plane with her older brother and younger sister. Now after their deaths, she is still left behind with her motion-sick mother and the small community of Digginsville in the Missouri Ozarks (of the 1970s). As DaralynnContinue reading “{book} grounded”

{book} I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

There are a lot of 11-year-old girl heroes with pluck and wit, but Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce stands out. While she is superlative in many ways, her vulnerabilities are of as much value to the plot, and none of it feels contrived; which is key, isn’t it? Even if Flavia survives the latest murder-mystery, sheContinue reading “{book} I Am Half-Sick of Shadows”

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”

The Night Circus

I find I think of myself not as a writer so much as someone who provides a gateway, a tangential route for readers to reach the circus. To visit the circus again, if only in their minds, when they are unable to attend it physically. I relay it through printed words on crumpled newsprint, wordsContinue reading “The Night Circus”

city of lies

City of Lies (Book 2: The Keepers Trilogy) by Lian Tanner w/ Illustrations (inside) by Sebastian Ciaffaglione Delacorte Press (Random House), 2011 Hardcover, 278 pages. Juvenile Fiction 12-year-old Goldie, impulsive and bold, relies on her skills as a liar and a thief to try to rescue her captured friends from the child-stealers running rampant inContinue reading “city of lies”

[tv] zen

We have fast become addicts of BBC television series, especially those that end up on PBS Masterpiece. We’d noticed Zen when it was temporarily streaming on Netflix, but it was Carl V.’s encouragement that we follow through and watch it. I am so glad we did. Zen is a television series originally aired for andContinue reading “[tv] zen”

the first two books of elsewhere

First, I would like to say that I am going to go on what seems like a bit of a tangent about the jacket copy on books before telling you that I really did like the first two volumes of The Books of Elsewhere and that I am looking forward to the next volume. ThankContinue reading “the first two books of elsewhere”