Month: February 2019

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: Book Review

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is

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Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie: Book Review

Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of

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January Wrap-Up – 2019

I had a very productive month of reading in January! 10 books, several of which were academic texts so I’m proud of that! I reread A Clash of Kings, An Atlas of Tolkien, and the final three books from the Narnia series. I discovered the wonderful world of Earthsea and learnt a lot about Tolkien, heroes in stories, and fantasy writing in

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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss: Book Review

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.  The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet

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The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle #2) by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Review

When young Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away – home, family, possessions, even her name. For she is now Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan.  While she is learning her way through the dark labyrinth, a young

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