Archive for March, 2011

Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild

Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild

Lynn:  Years ago I made a rule about completely avoiding books in which the animals die.  As a life-long pet owner and animal lover, dealing with the real thing is more than enough for me.  I have NO interest in reading about it, thank you very much.  I get that many people think exploring such […]

Best-of-2010 Megalist: Poetry and Graphic Works

Best-of-2010 Megalist: Poetry and Graphic Works

I’m waiting for one final source which traditionally concludes my compilation of the best books of the year in a single “megalist” spreadsheet. Next week I’ll post the final results and wrap-ups of speculative fiction and the highest overall vote getters. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the best reviewed books in some […]

Reading the Screen: Timeline
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Reading the Screen: Timeline

In Michael Crichton’s Timeline (1999), a trio of graduate students travel back in time to medieval France to bring back their professor, who’s stranded in the year 1357. It’s not Crichton’s best novel — he has to work uncharacteristically hard to sell the scientific premise of the story — but it’s exciting, well written, and, as usual, […]

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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Life in North Korea may be more unusual than that in any country in the world. That’s the conclusion I can’t help but draw while reading Barbara Demick’s extraordinary book Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. Demick interviewed six defectors to get a look at a country to which few outsiders have access. The result […]

In the Woods

In the Woods

Our crime and mystery book discussion continues to explore its annual theme, “Youth is Wasted on the Young,” by reading Tana French’s first Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox book, In the Woods (2007). The novel has an interesting but challenging premise.  Adam Robert “Rob” Ryan grew up in a Dublin neighborhood where he bonded with […]

Mudkin by Stephen Gammell

Mudkin by Stephen Gammell

Cindy: Well, that explains it. Now I know exactly why kids love mud and you will too after you splash and slop through Mudkin (Carolrhoda 2011). In an effort to be as spare as the text in this playful romp and to get you moved on to the delightful book with no further ado, I […]

Sports Illustrated Kids All Access

Sports Illustrated Kids All Access

Cindy: With March Madness upon us, I was excited to find All Access: Your Behind-the-Scenes Pass to Sports, Stars, Locker Rooms, and More! (Time 2010) on display at my local public library. I knew I had to take it home when I flipped it open to find Shaquille O’Neal’s ginormous hand reproduced on a cellophane […]

This is Thriller

This is Thriller

Book groups looking for a jolt in their reading should thumb through Thrillers: 100 Must Reads. This collection of essays, edited by thriller writer David Morrell and thriller critic/reviewer Hank Wagner, reminds readers of classic roller coaster reads and a few that have, undeservedly, slipped off the reading public’s radar. Morrell and Wagner have gathered […]

Hitting the books

Hitting the books

Words failed Chauncey as he expressed his  disappointment in Horace’s latest selection for the He-Man Book Lovers Club. Go here for more cool artwork that combines books and photography from Thomas Allen.

Best-of-2010 Megalist: Young Adult Fiction

Best-of-2010 Megalist: Young Adult Fiction

My 2010 Megalist compiles votes from over 170 sources into one spreadsheet and provides the final word on the best reviewed books of the year. In previous posts, I’ve provided top 10 lists for general fiction, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, narrative nonfiction, and biographies and memoirs. Today let’s look at this year’s crop in young […]