{book} it’s bigger on the inside

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman William Morrow (2013); Hardcover, 178 pages. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a novel of childhood and memory. It’s a story of magic, about the power of stories and how we face the darkness inside each of us. It’s about fear, andContinue reading “{book} it’s bigger on the inside”

{book} the giant slayer

The Giant Slayer is not your usual juvenile fiction historical novel. Author Iain Lawrence chose the Polio-epidemic of 1940s-50s. Then he goes and adds another layer where there be with manticores, gnomes, unicorns, and a swamp witch who has a wretched disposition to go with her frog-like qualities. The spring of 1955 tests Laurie Valentine’s giftsContinue reading “{book} the giant slayer”

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Little, Brown & Co, 2011. Hardcover, 418 pages. Young Adult Fiction. (a National Book Award Finalist) Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’sContinue reading “Daughter of Smoke & Bone”

R.L. LaFevers’ Theodosia

Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh (Theodosia Throckmorton: Book 4) By R. L. LaFevers w/ illustrations by Yoko Tanaka Houghton Mifflin, 2011; Hardcover, 394 pages; Juvenile Fiction Checked out from the Library. I’ve read the first 3, having been a fan since Book 1. Was pleased to find that Book 4 does not disappoint. In thisContinue reading “R.L. LaFevers’ Theodosia”

ah, nicoletta

It has been some months since I featured one of my favorite Illustrators Nicoletta Ceccoli. The blog “7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast” posted on a new picture book by Ceccoli and they had this video where Ceccoli talks about her work. I immediately went to see if the Library has some picture books with Ceccoli’sContinue reading “ah, nicoletta”

once upon a conversation (b)

The husband and I are reading Pat Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind together. The bulk of the book is the protagonist Kvothe recounting his youth and essentially fleshing out the man behind the Legend, relaying the sources of many a story about him. Still Kvothe, a figure of Legendary/mythic proportion (of which we haveContinue reading “once upon a conversation (b)”