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reviewed Ponyo. March 03, 2013
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Miyazaki has been a favorite of mine for many years. If there is one artist I can say has never let me down, it is Miyazaki (well, him and Tolkien, so you see how highly I regard his work). Every one …
reviewed Dreamwatcher. February 20, 2013
Dreamwatcher
   A cleverly unsettling novel, Dreamwatcher by Sylvia Shults slips into the heads of siblings, Ryan and Stephanie, just as their world’s threatening to fall apart. Ryan seems too young …
reviewed The Dragon Shield. February 20, 2013
The Dragon Shield
They grow up too fast don’t they? At least, that’s what everyone says, and in Dianne Lynn Gardner’s Ian’s Realm trilogy, young Ian is certainly growing up—but he’s …
reviewed Beginning of the Trail (Blood and Ste.... February 14, 2013
Beginning of the Trail (Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul)
Swords and sorcery in the style of Michael Moorcock, set in a time before the flood when rumors abound of the world’s imminent demise, Steven Shrewsbury’s Beginning of the Trail sees his ancient …
reviewed Reuben (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 14, 2013
Reuben (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
Fourth in the Tale of Four Wizards is Reuben, the tale of the final teen wizard, who chooses his own secret mission as the party falls apart. Reuben’s mysterious goal soon becomes clear, but the …
reviewed Kaempie (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 13, 2013
Kaempie (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
You don’t have to read the first two parts of the Tale of Four Wizards to enjoy this short story. Author Dianne Lynn Gardner has an enviable skill for recapping what’s passed while telling …
reviewed The Reckoning (The Marenon Chronicles.... February 11, 2013
The Reckoning (The Marenon Chronicles Book 3 of 3)
Classic quest, betrayal and redemption themes make the finale to Jason D. Morrow’s Marenon Chronicles truly enjoyable. Slow and occasionally repetitious writing, with occasional typos and missed …
reviewed The Gatekeeper (The Marenon Chronicle.... February 11, 2013
The Gatekeeper (The Marenon Chronicles Book 2 of 3)
This middle book of the Marenon Chronicles sends Silas off on a classic quest to find the Gatekeeper. Meanwhile politics, war, and deviously devised misunderstandings test the humans of Merenon almost …
reviewed The Deliverer (The Marenon Chronicles.... February 11, 2013
The Deliverer (The Marenon Chronicles Book 1 of 3)
The Marenon Chronicles begins with the tale of a young teen learning he has a serious destiny to fulfill. But first he has to survive the transition from fleeing armed enemies in trucks to battling scarily …
reviewed Meneka (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 05, 2013
Meneka (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
Meneka, though part of a series, stands alone as the tale of two wizards adrift in world of water and temptation. One will fall and one rise, but which will be the stronger? Young Meneka, wounded in the …
reviewed Silvio (The Tale of the Four Wizards). February 05, 2013
Silvio (The Tale of the Four Wizards)
A mother sends her son away, giving him only memories and magic to guide him. “Use the magic sparingly” she says, sparing him the destruction he would surely face from the dreaded Queen Hacatine. …
reviewed Deception Peak. February 05, 2013
Deception Peak
Dianne Lynn Gardner just might be the next John White, and Ian’s Realm the new Anthropos. With pleasingly consistent writing, enjoyably flawed teen characters, and a world that blends real-world …
reviewed Roots of Insight (Dusk Gate Chronicle.... January 29, 2013
Roots of Insight (Dusk Gate Chronicles -- Book Two)
Second in the Dusk Gate Chronicles, Roots of Insight takes teenager Quinn back through a mysterious gateway from modern life into the world of Eirentheos, where time moves faster but return is always …
reviewed Time Sniffers (Shadow World). January 29, 2013
Time Sniffers (Shadow World)
   Blending classics, science and a modern teen voice with the mystery of a poetry-quoting dog and a quest to save the world, C. S. Lakin has created a story that will refuse to let you go, …
reviewed Progeny. January 16, 2013
Progeny
An intriguing novel of parents and their children, Patrick Greene’s Progeny follows two dysfunctional families and their interactions as reclusive author Owen Sterling brings his eleven-year-old …
reviewed Dark Eclipse #16 - The Dark Moon Dige.... January 11, 2013
Dark Eclipse #16 - The Dark Moon Digest e-Monthly
If you’re looking for offbeat horror, short fiction, and a glorious mix of darkness and fun, Dark Moon Digest’s Dark Eclipse #16 is probably a good place to start. From Edgar Allan Poe’s …
reviewed Suburban Gnome Invasion. January 11, 2013
Suburban Gnome Invasion
What if those garden gnomes started invading our houses, and what if they had weapons? Suddenly property values start to fall as gnomes chew the infrastructure of our lives. And suddenly an everyday father …
reviewed Will o' the Wisp. December 30, 2012
Will o' the Wisp
   Fascinating, intriguing, odd… Will o’ the Wisp by P.L. Parker is all of these and more. Starting with Tannis fleeing from her scary pursuer, hiding, healing, changing… …
reviewed Spook House. December 05, 2012
Spook House
Harmony Indiana is one of those places where the veil between worlds grows thin and mysteries seep in. Or they creep, crawl, drip or claw, depending on just which mysteries you’re thinking about. …
reviewed Angelkiller. December 05, 2012
Angelkiller
First in the Angelkiller Triad, David Blalock’s Angelkiller stands alone on its own merits and draws readers quickly and enticingly into a near-future world of ecological risk, governmental control, …
reviewed Cinema of Shadows. December 05, 2012
Cinema of Shadows
Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt? If so, read this novel first for some excellent practical suggestions—no smoking for a start. And if not, enjoy this ghost-hunting tale for the vicarious …
reviewed Equinox (Ethos). December 05, 2012
Equinox (Ethos)
Second in her Ethos series, Desiree Finkbeiner’s Equinox starts up just as Morning Star ends. The story is ramping up by now as Brianna and Kalen (newly raised from seeming death), strive to save …
reviewed Forever - and other stories: Stories .... December 05, 2012
Forever - and other stories: Stories about life --
An interesting mix of short stories covering life, death and forever, plus all the ages in between, Christopher Geoffrey McPherson’s collection encompasses both the innocence and eagerness of childhood …
reviewed The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire). December 05, 2012
The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire)
Nicely told with viewpoints switching between chapters, Gwen Perkins’ The Jealousy Glass starts with a shipwreck and washes its erstwhile ambassador and spy ashore in a foreign land where war is …
reviewed Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (YA Para.... December 05, 2012
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (YA Paranormal
A young adult novel with sparkling dialog, excellent vocabulary, deep characters, plausible crushes and… well, and a paranormal plotline, Jody Gehrman’s Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft …
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