Review: Assassin’s Apprentice

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb My rating: 4 of 5 stars Coming out of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, I had both high expectations and some trepidation about my first solo purchase and selection of a less well-known, but certainly well regarded fantasy series. … Continue reading Review: Assassin’s Apprentice

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Review: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars When my niece lent this book to me and told me it was about an angel and a demon on earth trying to stop the imminent apocalypse from happening, I was worried that it might … Continue reading Review: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Review: The Return of the King

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had more trouble slogging through this final book in the series for some reason. It seemed to drag on, and I finally began to notice the overly long sentences, descriptions, and family lineages in the text that people had warned … Continue reading Review: The Return of the King

Review: The Two Towers

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars Coming into this series familiar with the movies first has probably influenced my reading experience more than is ideal, but I will say that it was absolutely fascinating to read Gollum's voice on the page. I should have realized this right away, but … Continue reading Review: The Two Towers

Review: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars I avoided the LOTR books for years based upon the frowning warnings of friends who had struggled through them. Someone I know recently dubbed the series "Bored of the Rings." I remember references to complex Elven languages, labrynthine histories, and marathon-length … Continue reading Review: The Fellowship of the Ring

Review: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks My rating: 3 of 5 stars My sister-in-law (an early childhood special needs teacher) lent this book to me since she had enjoyed it. It's not hard to see where she found the appeal: the story is about a boy (Max) who is on the autism spectrum. … Continue reading Review: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Review: Life After Life

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle My rating: 2 of 5 stars After what felt like an eternity of slogging through this book, and even experiencing bouts of (gasp!) deciding to go to bed at a normal hour instead of reading simply to avoid having to read this, I decided to break one of my … Continue reading Review: Life After Life

Review: The City & the City

The City & the City by China Miéville My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book found its way to my bedstand via the recommendation of one of those clickbait listicles.... "Five Sci-Fi Novels to Recommend to your Non-Sci-Fi Loving Friends" or some such nonsense. That should have been my first red flag. The second … Continue reading Review: The City & the City

Review: Life After Life

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Really fascinating book. Ursula Todd has either a curse or a gift in that she keeps being re-born and re-living the same life over and over and over again, not unlike the central premise of Groundhog Day, only the end point happens at … Continue reading Review: Life After Life

Review: Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this book for a few reasons. It was recommended by an unlikely source (my sister) in reference to an unlikely subject very dear to my heart (my cat), it is by C.S. Lewis (an author whom I've always enjoyed), … Continue reading Review: Out of the Silent Planet