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reviewed The Diviner's Tale. December 30, 2010
The Diviner's Tale
As we are quickly immersed in the world of the aptly named Cassandra Brooks we learn that she is a diviner or dowser for water. We also discover that she is gifted with pre-visions of what may (or may …
reviewed The Language of Trees: A Novel. July 21, 2010
The Language of Trees: A Novel
Mesmerizing, magical and haunting, The Language of Trees is a story that will remain with the reader long after the final words have been read. The story of these amazing characters will continue to shadow …
posted a Quick Tip about Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). June 10, 2010
Pan's Labyrinth
Visually stunning; interesting plot
posted a Quick Tip about Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). June 02, 2010
Pan's Labyrinth
So, so, so, so CREEPY! I hated the main dude. I was Terrified. *shudders*
reviewed The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel. April 08, 2010
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
When Emily Benedict's mother passes away, she finds herself on the doorstep of an unknown grandfather, in Mullaby, NC. Emily is not sure what caused her mother's departure of the town where she grew up …
reviewed The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel. March 16, 2010
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
Mystical and magical, like spun sugar shimmering in the sunshine. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a superb addition to the works of Sarah Addison Allen, which include The Sugar Queen and Garden Spells. …
reviewed The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel. March 16, 2010
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
Quickie POV: The Girl Who Chase the Moon is a rich mix of magic, regret and love. The author's tone and voice paint a picture that you can taste. Her poignant use of imagery and unique metaphors imbued …
reviewed The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel. February 14, 2010
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
I'm not much of a fan of fantasy or magic. If there's any word of "magic" in a book's description, I tend to run in the opposite direction.    However, I love Sarah Addison Allen's …
reviewed The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel. February 12, 2010
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
When seventeen year old Emily Benedict's mother dies, she finds herself going to live with Vance, the grandfather she's never known, in a small town called Mullaby. She's expecting change and struggles …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). December 03, 2009
posted in Reel Overseas
Pan's Labyrinth
The fantasy genre doesn't lend itself well to movies, for whatever reason. Before this decade, fantasy films were much more likely to end up on MST3K or, at best, in a "Most Nostalgic Kids Films …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). November 21, 2009
Pan's Labyrinth
     Pan's Labyrinth takes place in Spain in May and June, 1944, after the Spanish civil war, during the Franquist repression. Also present is the main character Ofelia's fantasy world …
posted a Quick Tip about Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). November 06, 2009
Pan's Labyrinth
Really amazing film. Extremely thought provoking & beautifully shot. Made me feel like a child again even though it's not a childrens film.
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). November 06, 2009
Pan's Labyrinth
Alice in Wonderland is one of the most beloved stories of our time, It tells of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and get's transported to another world where strange creatures rule and the possibilities …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). September 24, 2009
Pan's Labyrinth
   Very compelling tale of a young girl who is forced with her sickly and ready to conceive mother, to live with her cruel father in the 1930’s war torn Spanish countryside.  Her …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). May 21, 2009
Pan's Labyrinth
It is 1944, and 12-year old Ofelia and her mother are going to a military outpost in the Spanish countryside to live with her new stepfather, a sadistic army captain.   There, …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). May 15, 2009
Pan's Labyrinth
Centering around a lonely 12-year old girl named Ofelia with a sickly preger mother, a sadistically cruel stepfather, and a kindly handmaiden--Ofelia escapes into a fairytale world of her imagination. …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). March 21, 2009
Pan's Labyrinth
Very compelling tale of a young girl who is forced with her sickly and ready to conceive mother, to live with her cruel father in the 1930's war torn Spanish countryside. Her father is El Capitan of a …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). January 09, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pan's Labyrinth
After leaving the theater I reviewed and purchased the soundtrack. In the past year and a half I have watched Pan's Labyrinth a dozen times. There are too many great things about this film to catch in …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). December 28, 2008
Pan's Labyrinth
Pros: Read review     Cons: Read review     The Bottom Line: See Pan’s Labyrinth!              …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). November 01, 2008
Pan's Labyrinth
In war torn Spain there lived a young girl named Ofelia, who loved to read fairy tales. She moves to the country with her pregnant mother, to live with her stepfather Captain Vidal. The Captain is not …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). November 01, 2008
Pan's Labyrinth
For adults who like fairy tales   This one's worth recommending   I loved the dark but simple plot   From beginning to ending     A king loses his daughter …
reviewed Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). July 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pan's Labyrinth
Everybody's seen it. There are 650 reviews already. I don't need to recount the plot, do I?    My take on this film is colored by my years of visiting and living in Spain, from the …
reviewed Garden Spells. April 16, 2008
Garden Spells
Astonishing, wonderful and magical. Garden Spells has become one of my favorite reads so far in 2008 and Sarah Addison Allen a new favorite author. I have already preordered her newest release, after …
reviewed Garden Spells. January 27, 2008
Garden Spells
This story is that of Claire Waverly--of the Bascom, N.C., Waverlys--a family graced (or burdened) with special talents and an enchanted apple tree. Claire's skills run to cooking and herbs, various mixtures …
reviewed Garden Spells. January 17, 2008
Garden Spells
Having heard good things about Garden Spells, I picked it up hoping that all the positive reviews were correct. Sometimes, hype overrides the actual story, and that can be quite a letdown. Happily, I …
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