Category Archives: Fantasy

Short review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste 240 pages Published in April 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers Source: Public Library The other kids in Corrine La Mer’s small Caribbean village may believe in jumbies, but she doesn’t. Who would really believe in fairy-like … Continue reading

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Short Review: Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga Volume 2 Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples 153 pages Published in June 2013 by Image Comics Source: Publisher   In the second volume of Saga, one of my favorite literary couples is back.  Marko and Alana, two lovers … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite Barry Deutsch 128 pages Published in October 2012 by Abrams Books Source: Publisher Mirka is at it again in Barry Deutsch’s latest Hereville book, How Mirka Met a Meteorite. In the first book, Mirka … Continue reading

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Banned Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver Lois Lowry 180 pages Republished in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Company Source: Public Library It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something … Continue reading

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Review: Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor Lavalle

Lucretia and the Kroons: A Novella Victor Lavalle 99 pages Published in July 2012 by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House Source: Publisher Most twelve-year-olds don’t know much about death, and that’s the way it should be. But … Continue reading

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Review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long Earth Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter 352 pages Published in June 2012 by Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Source: Publisher Step Day. Fifteen years ago. Joshua had been just thirteen. Later, everybody remembered where … Continue reading

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Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern 387 Pages 2011 Publisher: Doubleday Source: Public Library The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers.  It is simply … Continue reading

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Review: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan 293 Pages Publication Year: 2011 Publisher: Random House Source: Public Library   A second silenced shot buried itself thud-gasp in the B&B brick. Silver ammo? I had nothing to fear if it wasn’t, but no … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Challenge VI

As I sit here typing, the sun is setting and the wind’s blowing. Outside my window the leaves on various trees have started to change from that brilliant green of summer to the crisp orange of fall. I can’t believe … Continue reading

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Mini-Reviews: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair and A Discovery of Witches

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading Nina Sankovitch 256 pages Pub. Year: 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Source: publisher When I first heard of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, I wanted to read it because Sankovitch is a … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa

Three Shadows Cyril Pedrosa Translated from the French by Edward Gauvin 272 pages Pub year: 2008 Publisher: First Second Source: Personal Library Back then, life was simple and sweet. The taste of cherries, the cool shade, the fresh smell of … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time V

It’s that time of the year again! Time for Carl’s excellent Once Upon a Time challenge. It started March 20th and ends June 20, 2011.  Nothing says spring like the start of this challenge. I wasn’t going to write a … Continue reading

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Nebula Award Nominee: “Ponies” by Kij Johnson

“Ponies” Kij Johnson Published by Tor. com Publication Date: January 2010 The invitation card has a Western theme. Along its margins, cartoon girls in cowboy hats chase a herd of wild Ponies. The Ponies are no taller than the girls, … Continue reading

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Review: The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

The Night Bookmobile Audrey Niffenegger 40 pages Publication Date: September 1, 2010 Publisher: Abrams ComicArt Source: Library copy After a fight with her boyfriend, Alexandria is walking the streets of Chicago when she finds a bookmobile and Mr. Openshaw. Mr. … Continue reading

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Review: Flight Vol. 7

Flight Vol. 7 edited by Kazu Kibuishi 284 pages Publication Date: July 20, 2010 Publisher: Villard I’ve read the previous six volumes in the Flight series, so it was a no-brainer to check out volume seven from the library. Flight 7 … Continue reading

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Mini-Reviews: I Kill Giants, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Life of Pi, and Read Remember Recommend

Life of Pi Yann Martel Publisher: Harcourt Source: Personal library I picked this up because it’s required reading for my Philosophy of Religion class. This is a wonderful story about a young boy, Pi Patel, who’s stranded on a lifeboat … Continue reading

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Review: Flight Volume 5

Flight Volume 5 Edited by Kazu Kibuishi 368 pages Publication Year: 2008 Publisher: Villard, an imprint of  Random House Source: Library If you ask me pretty much every project that artist Kazu Kibuishi touches turns to gold. Kibuishi is the … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Devouring books and a few mini-reviews

Good morning! It’s been so long since I’ve participated in Sunday Salon, that  I knew it was time for me to start again. July started off as a month where I couldn’t read as much as I wanted to since … Continue reading

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Read-along: Touch Magic by Jane Yolen

I’ve been a bad blogger! This week I had much of my blogging schedule mixed up plus with the semester ending, my days have been hectic. I was supposed to post my part of the read-along that I did with … Continue reading

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Review: The Magickeepers Book Two: The Pyramid of Souls

Magickeepers: Book 2: The Pyramid of Souls Erica Kirov 162 pages Publication Date: May 1, 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Publisher I think I enjoyed The Pyramid of Souls even more than I did The Eternal Hourglass, which is the first … Continue reading

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Review: Magickeepers Book 1: The Eternal Hourglass

Magickeepers Book 1: The Eternal Hourglass Erica Kirov 256 pages Publication Date: May 1, 2009 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Publisher Nick Rostov is a young boy who’s life is about to change. He lives in a rundown casino with his father, … Continue reading

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The Ghost’s Child

The Ghost’s Child (2008) Sonya Hartnett 176 pages Young Adult Fiction Matilda, an elderly woman, comes home one afternoon to find a young boy sitting in her living room waiting for her. She has no idea who he is or … Continue reading

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Bird by Rita Murphy

Bird by Rita Murphy (2008) 150 pages Middle school fiction From the inside flap: Miranda has no recollection of where she came from-only that years ago, a gust of wind deposited her outside Bourne Manor. The Manor’s sole inhabitant, Wysteria … Continue reading

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