Archive for December, 2006

Synopsis: An outcast girl with telekinesis wreaks havoc at her prom. Review: I’m ending the year by clearing some easy reads off my nightstand, and gearing up for some big reads in the first part of 2007: Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone, Fyodr Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Charles Dickens’s A Tale […]


Synopsis: Go Ask Alice, only with teen pregnancy. Review: My friend gave Annie’s Baby to me as a joke because my name is Annie, and she wants me to have a baby. This book is worthless dreck that I would never give to a teen to read.


Synopsis: The best way to learn to write is by the close reading of great literature. Review: I wish I could get Francine Prose to tell me about every book I read. She is so astute and insightful about the craft of writing, and equally tuned into the joys that reading has to offer the […]


Synopsis: A little girl becomes possessed by an ancient, evil spirit. Review: Here is a solid case of the adaptation transcending the source material. As a book, The Exorcist just doesn’t have the same air of menace and terror created by William Friedkin’s movie adaptation. Blatty gives readers passages describing black masses, and doesn’t shy […]


Synopsis: A look at schizophrenia through first person accounts by 35 people diagnosed with the disease, along with advice and recommendations from several clinicians and doctors. Review: This book is designed primarily to be comforting and encouraging for someone with schizophrenia. The first person accounts in Diagnosis: Schizophrenia demystify the illness and give honest answers […]


Synopsis: The strange adventure of magic-possessed soldier son Nevare continue, as he finds himself expelled from military academy when his weight skyrockets after a bout of the Speck plague. Review: Forest Mage is the second book in Robin Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy begun in Shaman’s Crossing. Interestingly, I found echoes of Orson Scott Card’s Speaker […]


Synopsis: A young man’s military training is threatened by his seeming possession by a creature in thrall to an evil forest goddess. Review: Shaman’s Crossing is the first book in Robin Hobb’s newest trilogy, Soldier Son, and I ate it up with a spoon, thanks to a very long train ride to Canada. The world […]


Synopsis: A princess is gifted by her fairy godmother to be ordinary—and who ever heard of a princess with mouse brown hair and freckles? Review: The Ordinary Princess is charming, delightful fairy tale that I’ve read over and over since I was a girl. A great read for girls who aren’t so deadened by Bratz […]


Synopsis: An essay-driven look at various crises facing American men. Review: Stiffed is Faludi’s follow-up to her groundbreaking Backlash, and it serves as an almost-apologia for feminism, in its relentless biographies of men destroyed by a deadening consumer culture and outsourced, downturning economy. This was a re-read for me, and I didn’t re-read all the […]


Synopsis: A ne’er-do-well goes to Prague to work for his cousin, who’s turning an old castle into a retreat-style hotel, but the castle is holding secrets, not to mention the fact that this story’s being written by a prison inmate with a crush on his writing teacher. Review: The Keep is a story within a […]