Posted on December 7, 2016 at 06:23 PM
If you're anything like me, the excess of unoriginal Christmas books leaves you wondering how anyone could, at this point, come up with original holiday-themed content that doesn't make you want to move to the top of a moutain, leaving only to steal Christmas and harass villagers. Well, dear readers, I can inform you that your search is over. And if you've ever wondered "Why doesn't my holiday story involve extensive, Hattari Hanzo-esque swordfighting scenes with a dual katana-weilding Santa, posessed Ninja Teddy Bears and a disgruntled elf wielding dark magic?" look no further than Manga Claus: Blade of Kringle.
Posted on November 25, 2016 at 04:30 PM
Think about a book or movie centered in World War II. Think about what the setting is, who the main characters are. I would guess that the story that popped into your mind was about a solider or nurse from an Allied country out on the front lines, or perhaps about someone in a concentration camp, because that’s the focus of most stories about World War II. However, in The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah looks at a different piece of the war that is often overlooked: the woman, particularly those in German-occupied France.
Posted on November 18, 2016 at 04:59 PM
Graceling is a young adult fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore about a Graceling named Katsa. A Graceling is a rare and gifted person from the Seven Kingdoms that is born with an extreme skill, whether that is reading at a superhuman speed, seeing storms before they come, or simply cooking the most amazing dishes. Katsa is "Graced" with the ability to kill anyone, anywhere, in any way imaginable. She has been forced to work all her life as the thug of her uncle, who is the king of the Middluns, but she is also part of a secret council that helps to protect and serve the Seven Kingdoms. After a fateful night where she meets Po, a prince Graced with combat skills, she leaves the king’s services to join Po on a quest to figure out what is going on in the Seven Kingdoms.
Posted on November 15, 2016 at 04:57 PM
“It all came back and even as it came back I knew it would not be for long: all the things I remembered, sitting on the green bench beside the little pond that Lettie Hempstock had once convinced me was an ocean.” In The Ocean at the End of the Lane, author Neil Gaiman crafts a tale of weird fiction fit to stand with the classics of that genre. He expertly weaves a deeply personal story of childhood and memory within a sinister tale of evil not from our world. The decidedly stark prose gives it a pleasingly sincere quality, a stylistic choice that perfectly underlines the themes of the book. Though a relatively short read, it doesn’t feel stunted in the slightest, and its pacing is excellent. Particular praise should also be given to the characterization, as it has an unshakeably real quality, even amid the fantastical elements of the story.