Book Review: Talker 25 by Joshua McCune

Star Ratings (out of 5): Characters: *** (3 stars) Character development: *** (3 stars) Plot: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Writing: **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) Age range recommendation: 12 and up In the not-too-distant future, America has a dragon problem.  No one knows how or why they arrived, but the enormous creaturesContinue reading “Book Review: Talker 25 by Joshua McCune”

An Apology From The Future

Guess who was living one day ahead of Real Life for all of yesterday.  Ahoy!  ‘Twas me.  TONIGHT is World Book Night. TODAY is Shakespeare’s Birthday. So TONIGHT you might see World Book Night givers wandering around in public places, bent a little sideways under the weight of 20 books they think that people would enjoy.  IContinue reading “An Apology From The Future”

World Book Night: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Friends, cohorts, everyone-but-my-mortal-enemies, I invite you to celebrate World Book Night with me! By “celebrate World Book Night,” I here mean: I have twenty copies of a really excellent book that I’m giving out for free – do you want one?   World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and the joy ofContinue reading “World Book Night: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein”

Book Review of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 8+ Some of you may not know this, but underneath all the fairytale infatuations and my ambitions of piracy, I’m a Voracious, Fervently Devoted admirer of Mr. Lemony Snicket’s life and work. (Actually, youContinue reading “Book Review of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket”

Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Star Ratings Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: ** (2 stars) Plot: ** (2 stars) Writing : *** (3 stars) Overall: ** (2 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 + (Mostly because the academic subject matter might be boring to many younger readers, not due to any particular graphic unpleasantness.) I was so excited to finallyContinue reading “Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean”

Thoughts About Ballads: “Tam Lin” Re-tellings

“Tam Lin” is a Scottish ballad which has been adapted into a great many songs and stories. There are many different versions of the ballad, all of which follow the same general plot and central characters. My favorite musical recordings of the song are probably those by Fairport Convention and Tricky Pixie, though there areContinue reading “Thoughts About Ballads: “Tam Lin” Re-tellings”