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The Safe-Keeper's Secret (Safe-Keepers, #1)
I read this when it first came out, and went back to re-read, since I recently discovered that there are more in this series. I was reminded of what a ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 08, 2008
King's Shield (Inda, #3)
A great continuation of the story begun in Inda--I'm glad that she's now planning one more volume, because it seems like there's a lot still left to t ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 28, 2008
The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam, #1)
This was marvelous fun, with a tad more underlying seriousness than is typical of Fforde--it reminded me more of his _Shades of Grey_ than of the Thur ...more
Nov 2012
Aug 15, 2012
Larklight (Larklight, #1)
Normally I reserve 5 stars for books that make me think or speak to me on a deep level, but this one was simply pure whizz-bang fun from beginning to ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 02, 2009
Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy
I'm so bad about recording which picture books I've read in story time and how well they went over! June Krell is great about it though, so June, if y ...more
Sep 18, 2014
Dec 04, 2013
Twilight Rising, Serpent's Dream
This was enjoyable continuation of the series begun in _Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea_ and continued in _The Sea Lark's Song_. I would have given it four ...more
May 2008
Jul 12, 2008
Salvation on the Small Screen: 24 Hours of Christian Television
I read this in one night and laughed my ass off.

Basically, the author, a sarcastic and highly tattooed Lutheran pastor and blogger, was invited by he
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Humans of New York

This is the greatest hits of photographer Brandon Stanton's blog Humans of New York, where he posts a picture daily (sometimes more than
Nov 20, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
Cry Pain, Cry Hope: Thresholds To Purpose
This is a difficult book to explain (I know I say that about books a lot, but it's true). It's a series of journal entries or meditations on the subje ...more
Nov 2007
Dec 11, 2007
Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)
This was the author's first book, written in her twenties, and it has some flaws. But the story and characters have had a powerful hold on my imaginat ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 16, 2009
The Princess of Trelian (Trelian, #2)
Sometimes there's a comfort in seeing familiar tropes done well, which is how I feel about this series.

Nothing groundbreaking here: evil wizards, impe
Jun 27, 2012
Aug 22, 2011
Starman, Vol. 1: Sins of the Father
This is a superhero comic from the late 90s, that takes the classic superhero tropes and filters them through a very indie, Sandman-like sensibility. ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
The Return of the Dragon
This was a beloved favorite from fifth grade--one of the few books in the small children's room of the base library in Germany to strike a chord with ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Say the Word
Although I do enjoy a lot of realistic YA fiction, it isn't really my home genre. I'm much more of a fantasy/science fiction girl.

But I was looking a
Nov 04, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
The Silver Bough
This is the book that got me out of my month-long fiction slump, and I am full of affection for it.

It isn't really anything new, but it's a lovely, co
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
The Serpent Gift (The Shamer Chronicles, #3)
Lene Kaaberbol gets better with each book! This one builds on the foundation of the other two (which were fun, thoughtful fantasy adventures) to creat ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks
This is a nifty little book, told entirely in letters and drawings. I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.

Published well before the current trend toward
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
The Graveyard Book
Love Gaiman's silky-smooth writing style, love the characters, love the sly homage to the Jungle Book...

But, the sort of hybrid of plot-driven and epi
Apr 24, 2009
Oct 03, 2008
Any Which Wall
I liked this book a lot, and I almost loved it, but not quite. But if you were at all into Edward Eager or E. Nesbit growing up, you should definitely ...more
Sep 29, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Havemercy (Havemercy #1)
Excellent first novel! Loved the four main characters and their alternating and very different voices (a neat stylistic trick, that). The plotting and ...more
Sep 28, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
The Dream-Maker's Magic (Safe-Keepers, #3)
Of all the books in this series, I think this one might be the most poignant. Kellen and Griffyn's journey from being lost and lonely to being part of ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 25, 2008
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Yes, it's a lot of pieces reprinted from the blog. But I'm totally okay with that, because this book made me howl (as silently as possible) with laugh ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Oct 11, 2013
The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2)
I've been recommending these a lot lately at the library, especially to kids/families who are attracted to fantasies such as Harry Potter, but not qui ...more
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
Batman: Holy Terror
I picked this up because it was on the sale shelf at Big Planet Comics, and I have a book of Alan Brennert's short stories that I liked. Once I picked ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)
This was a great ending to the series!

I loved it and devoured it in several intense reading hours--and I've been excited to see it get a lot of positi
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
Go! Go! Go! Stop!
I nabbed this as soon as we got it in with plans to use it in a transportation storytime--I did it this week because it was Spring Break and I anticip ...more
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
This was a really good, intense noir mystery.

The heroine Carrie Stetko, is believably flawed and imperfect, while also being profane, kick-ass, and a
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
Gingerbread (Cyd Charisse, #1)
I read this ages ago, but I just re-read it in preparation for a booktalk I'm doing. "First Person" is the theme, so I'm focusing on books that I thin ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
The Shamer's Signet (The Shamer Chronicles, #2)
Another exciting yet thoughtful entry in this excellent series, which I would like to see get more attention (I was pleased that the whole series just ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
I picked this up in the bookstore and ended up standing there until I'd read the whole thing! Now I'm going to get it from my library and read it agai ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
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