Reading YA Books About The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel Fine

Maybe it's just me, but there seems to be a surge in popularity of young adult post-apocalyptic fiction. I've read no less than three young adult novels that focus on such life changing events this year and have yet another on my library request list. I'll confess, ever since junior high when I read Gloria Milkowitz's After the Bomb: Week One (I never did track down the first book in the series) I've had a secret addiction to catastrophe-themed novels. The "what if's" both thrill and terrify me. They keep me awake at night. They haunt my nightmares. I love them. ...more

The only thing better than an End of the World book is an End of the World series. I don't think ...more

Books for boys are emasculating?

This past week on CNN Glenn Beck and his guest, author Ted Bell, raised a few hackles with both male and female readers. It seems that because boys don't go around running to the rescue of girls in stories anymore boys are being emasculated. Yes, we're damaging young boys by not writing and publishing books with strong male characters, because boys (and men) can only be strong when girls (and women) are weak. Who wants to join me in the "Give me a break!" corner? ...more

These men need to have a talk with author Gary Paulsen. His books show very independent boys ...more

Book Review: Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature

How can one resist a book title such as Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature, a novel written by Robin Brande. I couldn't. I've been working a bit of overtime on my day job lately. Work that is rather tedious - a few clicks of the mouse, a minute or two of waiting, a few more clicks of the mouse, even more minutes of waiting. It's not hard work but I am not a patient person and therefore this slow plodding click, wait, click, wait routine frequently leaves me feeling frustrated. ...more