L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (children's classic) This is a really cute book, and there's a lot about it that is charming and sweet. The character development is good, the writing is good, and the prose is easy to read for all ages (I think). However... it lacked some of the magic I... Continue Reading →


Charlie Holmberg: The Paper Magician

The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (fantasy, YA romance) I enjoyed this book, though I will admit to having some issues with Ceony. For one, I am a writer and a reader and so I get annoyed at people who refuse to think that paper is important. (That's a minor inconvenience.) However, if she was... Continue Reading →

George Orwell: 1984

1984 by George Orwell (classic, dystopian fiction) I don't like this book, because I don't like what it says about humanity. However, I did enjoy reading it, and I do think it's well-written. I think it's an important book, and a good one. I just don't like it. That's not quite an example of doublethink,... Continue Reading →

Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Mogenstern narrated by Jim Dale (fantasy) I really liked the second half of this book. The first half was nice set-up, but had very little impact on me other than being pretty imagery. I suspect I could have stopped in the first half of the book and not cared much... Continue Reading →

Connie Willis: Fire Watch

Fire Watch by Connie Willis (sci-fi short stories) As always with a short story compilation, there is variety among the stories and there's no promise that liking the author will mean you like all the short stories. (It's interesting, short stories have more variety in that respect than novels do. I suspect it's because it's... Continue Reading →

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