Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland

In September I received a copy of Any Given Doomsday as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.  Its release date is set for November 4th, 2008. In Any Given Doomsday, the reader meets Elizabeth Phoenix, a former cop with psychometric powers.  Ruthie, her foster mother and the only person who ever truly loved her, is… Continue reading Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

I finished The Good German over the weekend but I’m waiting to watch the movie before I review it.  For now, you’ll get a bonus review of The Jane Austen Book Club which qualifies as part of the Lit Flicks Challenge. I had no intention of watching the movie and when I looked at the… Continue reading The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Spotlight: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

This was another book I decided to read during Banned Books Week.  I began reading it yesterday and finished it up today which is why the review is up a day after the week ended. Why Has This Book Been Challenged? Children performing magic or witchcraft. Summary David Stanley’s mother has been dead for a year… Continue reading Spotlight: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Spotlight: In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Why has this book been challenged? The objection to this book is the nudity of Mickey, the main character.  Some have stated it is gratuitous.  Also, it could be taken as the first step to using pornography in the future. Summary of the Book Mickey is in bed when he hears noises.  He yells for the… Continue reading Spotlight: In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Faceless Killers introduces the Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, to US readers.  (There are approximately a dozen books featuring Wallander but not all have been translated into English.)  One cold evening, an elderly farm couple is attacked.  The husband is killed and the wife is found barely alive.  She’s able to offer clues to solve the crime… Continue reading Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – Oct/Nov 2008 Issue

Gordon Van Gelder, Publisher/Editor, of the magazine offered over a dozen copies of the October/November 2008 issue to bloggers.  I was one of the lucky ones.  I’ve heard of the magazine for years and read some of the contents but never actually read an entire issue until now.  This is one of those magazines meant to be… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – Oct/Nov 2008 Issue

Greywalker and Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

Kat Richardson has begun a book tour for the release of Underground – the third book in the Greywalker series.  Blog posts about the tour is what brought her and the series to my attention.  I thought Underground sounded interesting so I decided to read Greywalker and Poltergeist first so I wouldn’t be behind.  As… Continue reading Greywalker and Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

This book was described to me as the “smart person’s version of The Da Vinci Code.”  Since I’ve only read The Rule of Four, I can’t compare the two books for you and let you know if the description is true or not.  What I can tell you is that this book kept my attention… Continue reading The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason