'The Giver': A Gift to the Reader (and hopefully the movie goer as well!)

A little like the cover of the book displayed here, 'The Giver' is a muted yet deeply powerful book.A small story, with a big message for society, and our constant drive towards 'sameness' and conformity....more

What I Read on Vacation

As much as I love reading, it can be difficult to do all that much of it very often.  Generally, vacation is prime time for me to check off a few of the books on my list, and this year was no exception....more

Cyborg Cinderella: A Book Review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . ...more

Book Unreview: Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell

This is not a book review. I was not able to finish the book or even get farther than three chapters.  This is because Trickster’s Girl is kind of awful. It is a “gee, why don’t I write a fantasy with a completely random non-specific hodge-podge of Native American mythology and then completely disrespect it via my heroine!” kind of book. It is a “why don’t I glom together a bunch of Native American belief systems then randomly throw in new agey ley lines!” kind of book....more

The Hunger Games Left Me Hungry For More

Do you ever do that that thing where you know a book is good because you've read the reviews and people have flat out told you and yet you just can't let yourself believe that it's really that good? And then you read it and it knocks you on your butt because holy heck it is good. That is Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. Yes, it's a young adult novel. Yes it's classified as science-fiction. Yes, there's violent killing. Do yourself a favour, get your hands on a copy of this book immediately. ...more

I bought this for my son, he loved it, raved about it, lent it to his L.Arts middle school ...more