Reviewing a Unique “Dune”

Thankfully, I saw the movie long ago enough that I wasn't too confused by the vast differences.  "Dune," by Frank Herbert, is one of the classics that helped define sci-fi as a genre.  It's set in a foreign solar system, but with such deep explorations of setting, culture, politics, and religion, it feels as real... Continue Reading →

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Stranger than Alcatraz and Librarians

Funny enough, Brandon Sanderson's series of "Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians" was recommended to me by my husband and my sister.  She listened to this series and described them as hilarious and breaking the norm.  Yep. Alcatraz is your average teenage orphan... except he's not an orphan, and he's not average - he has a... Continue Reading →

Sanderson Unbounded

For any reader following Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere, "Arcanum Unbounded" is a must-have.  I already owned (and reviewed) "Sixth of Dusk," "Emperor's Soul," and "White Sand" (and I suggest buying "White Sand" and "Shadows Beneath" separately for the extra content), but we bought the collection for the six other short stories and novellas.  I also found fascinating... Continue Reading →

The Classic Vampire: Count Dracula

Here's another classic I knew nothing about.  All I knew about vampires was from today's pop culture (Buffy, Twilight, Hotel Transylvania...).  I know, it was pathetic, which was why I took it upon myself to finally read the original. I understand vampires originated from folklore, so Bram Stoker's "Dracula" wasn't the creation of vampires, but... Continue Reading →

HARRY POTTER CONTINUES!!!

So, there are fans, and there are fanatics.  I am a Harry Potter fanatic, sorted into the Ravenclaw and Wampus school houses on Pottermore, owner of a full set of robes and a wand I hand-carved. So when "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" was announced, I freaked out and pre-ordered it. Given all that,... Continue Reading →

White Sand: Graphic Novel Review

I've now read three graphic novels.  Funny enough, my first two were for a university class (though not for the class I audited twice with Prof. Sanderson). "White Sand" is unlike any other Brandon Sanderson novel, in that it's primarily read through pictures.  Growing up, I read the Sunday comics and "Maus" 1&2 at university, but it... Continue Reading →

“Cove: Fires” Up

Sorry, I've been slacking in life lately, but it's Not because I've been too busy catching Pokemon (though I did start that this weekend). 😉 "Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention," by J. Scott Savage is a middle grade book, and feels like one.  It's a classic distopia with a flair of steampunk, and it takes... Continue Reading →

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