Dodger, by Terry Pratchett (review)

Dodger, by Terry Pratchett (review)

Category: Historical fiction; YABook source: Public library A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not,… Read more »

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Halloween Reading for All Ages

Halloween Reading for All Ages

This is a revision of a post from several years ago, with one new addition. It’s Halloween, so it’s time for a Halloween reading list. The problem is, I don’t like scary books, I don’t do horror, and I don’t really care for gore.  But there are still some wonderful… Read more »

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This Week’s Articles — 10/07 to 10/13/12

“National Book Awards: Genre fiction dissed again”.  A well written article on the tendency of literary awards (and literary critics and readers of literary fiction generally) to ignore even superlative fiction if it falls within a genre such as mystery/crime fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and so forth.  (Laura Miller, Salon) … Read more »

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The Island Horse, by Susan Hughes (review)

The Island Horse, by Susan Hughes (review)

Category: Children’s fiction  (grades 2-5) Publication date: March 1, 2012 Book source: Publisher review copy through NetGalley The Island Horse evokes the works of Marguerite Henry, particularly Misty of Chincoteague, although the reading level is simpler and aimed at younger children.  The book is set in the 1800s on Canada’s… Read more »

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Paw Prints in the Moonlight — Review and Giveaway

Paw Prints in the Moonlight — Review and Giveaway

Category: Memoir; nonfictionPublication date (US): Oct. 30, 2012Book source: Goodreads giveaway (publisher ARC) Paw Prints in the Moonlight tells the story of Toby Jug, a diminutive and charming Maine Coon cat rescued by the author as a tiny kitten, after its mother was hit by a car.  From infancy, Toby… Read more »

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This Week’s Articles — 9/30 to 10/06/12

“Publishers and Google Reach Agreement” in the lawsuit over Google’s scanning and digitizing of books for the Google Library Project.  (Press release on The Wall Street Journal‘s MarketWatch) “You will never kill piracy, and piracy will never kill you”  (Paul Tassi, Forbes.)   Tassi is talking about movie piracy rather… Read more »

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