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reviewed Child of Darkness. October 18, 2011
Child of Darkness
Warning: This review contains spoilers!      Jennifer Armintrout's Child of Darkness picks up some 20 years or so after Queene of Light which I reviewed here. Ayla has become queen …
reviewed Soju. September 06, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Soju
Soju is a popular alcholic beverage native to Korea.  It's incredibly cheap and plentiful, throughout Korea, so it's the beverage of choice when gathering with friends for a meal of samgyepsol …
Queene of Light (Lightworld/Darkworld)
Jennifer Armintrout’s Queene of Light is the first in the Lightworld/Darkworld trilogy.  Combining Irish and Christian mythology, Armintrout brings together the magic of both in order to create …
reviewed Dduk. August 26, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Dduk
Dduk is a popular Korean snack. They're particuarly popular during the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok and the Lunar New Year. Dduk is a rice cake made out of a rice flour and can sometimes be sweetened.  …
The Prophet of Panamindorah, Book Two Wolflings and Wizards
Wolflings and Wizards is the second book in Abigail Hilton's The Prophet of Panamindorah series.  What I found particularly engaging about this book was exactly what was lacking from the first …
reviewed Samgyetang. August 25, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Samgyetang
Samgyetang is quite possibly one of Korea's most interesting soups. While the flavor is very reminiscent of chicken soup (no wonder, there's chicken in it), the fact that it contains a WHOLE chicken …
reviewed Bulgogi. August 25, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Bulgogi
     Bulgogi is probably one of the best foods made in Korea.  It's probably one of their most well known too.  It's beef that is marinated for hours in soy sauce, sesame …
The Prophet of Panamindorah, Book One Fauns and
In Abigail Hilton's Fauns and Filinians, the reader meets Corry, a young orphan with no memory of his former life.   Though Corry has been living in an oprhanage for 2 years, he is no closer …
reviewed The Hob's Bargain. July 18, 2010
The Hob's Bargain
Patricia Briggs is probably best known for her paranormal fiction.  The Mercy Thompson series has been well received and includes a wide array of supernatural beings including werewolves and vampires. …
Once Upon a More Enlightened Time
The book jacket of Once Upon a More Enlightened Time indicates that James Finn Garner “tackles many demeaning, culturally biased viewpoints through his retelling of well known tales…He has …
The Man in My Basement
In a lot of ways, The Man in My Basement tells the story of a mere mortals deal with a devil.  Though it starts out harmlessly enough, it soon spirals into an unusual, sadistic story that is well …
reviewed Flight. June 29, 2010
Flight
Flight is one of Sherman Alexie’s excellent young adult novels.  The primary character, Zits is a young Native American teen who has been shuttled between foster homes for most of his life.  …
reviewed A Mercy. June 25, 2010
A Mercy
Toni Morrison’s latest publication, A Mercy, is her 9th novel.  Set in 1680s New England, the story follows five inhabitants of a New York farm.  The primary story tells of a young …
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
 Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is located in the picturesque Blue Mountains (in Katoomba) about forty minutes outside of Sydney, Australia.  The mountains are beautiful and attract tourists …
reviewed Twins. June 23, 2010
Twins
Twenty-seven sets of twins are included in Twins.  The book is comprised of personal essays featuring various twins in various stages of their lives.  The photos are tastefully done.  Taken …
reviewed Demon Seed. June 21, 2010
Demon Seed
Normally, I am an avid Dean Koontz fan.  His newer material including the Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series are incredibly interesting, so when I picked up Demon Seed, I thought that I would find …
reviewed Abla's Pastry. June 21, 2010
Alba's Pastry
For many people, I think the first thought when one thinks of Lebanese cuisine is that of savory lamb and goat dishes, smooth hummus, fresh, minty tabbouleh.  My mouth is watering just thinking about …
reviewed The Meq. June 19, 2010
The Meq
“…invariably in everyone’s life there is a moment, a window in time, where only a stranger will make sense of a senseless thing and pull you out or through or wherever you need to go …
The Beekeeper's Apprentice
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen is one of the most interesting and exciting books that I have read in years.  I have read it twice, and even after a second reading, …
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