Category Archives: Book reviews

Children’s Fantasy Review, Part 5

Magic comes home: Half Magic and James and the Giant Peach This is the final post in my Children’s Fantasy Review series. See Part 4 here or start from the beginning here. I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month. My project … Continue reading

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Children’s Fantasy Review, Part 4

Rodents are people too: The Tale of Despereaux and The Rats of NIMH. See Part 3 of this series here. Talking animals are a classic staple of children’s literature, and even animals that are normally considered pests, like mice and … Continue reading

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Children’s Fantasy Review Part 3

The original trio: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz See Part 2 of this series here. Okay, so they’re not the original children’s novels. Even if you toss out the fairy tales as a … Continue reading

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Children’s Fantasy Review Part 2

Divine intervention: The Horse and His Boy and A Wrinkle in Time See part 1 of this series here. The Horse and His Boy is my favorite book of the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, a series now … Continue reading

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Children’s Fantasy Review Part 1

Things happen at random: The Phantom Tollbooth and Mary Poppins The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster and Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers are two of the classics of children’s fantasy literature. Like much children’s fantasy, both books tell the … Continue reading

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Book review: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

I usually shy away from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I’ve read about what kinds of things have got into the shared timeline from places like Wookieepedia, and I feel like large swaths of it are ridiculously over the top. … Continue reading

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Book review: The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher

Dipping again into the world of the sci-fi/superhero/noir mash-up, Adam Christopher follows up his debut novel, Empire State, with The Age Atomic. A year after the dystopic parallel universe version of Manhattan, the Empire State, was saved by Rad Bradley … Continue reading

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Book review: Empire State by Adam Christopher

The Empire State: a dystopian parallel-universe version of New York City, a dark, twisted reflection of the island of Manhattan, stranded alone behind impenetrable walls of fog. It is a tiny, gray, dreary world where Prohibition, Wartime rationing, and intrusive … Continue reading

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Book review: Iron Winter by Stephen Baxter

The year is 1315 A.D. The Wall of Northland has stood firm for over 8,000 years, keep the ocean out of what we know as the North Sea. Now, at the dawn of an early industrial era, Northland stands with … Continue reading

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Book review: Bronze Summer by Stephen Baxter

1159 BC. The Trojan War has been over for a generation. The Mycenaean Greek kingdoms are crumbling. The Empire of Hatti–known to the modern world as the Hittites–is hanging by a thread, saved from collapse only by gifts of imported … Continue reading

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