Archive of 2008 September

29Sep2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Co-Review, Fantasy
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Mistborn: The Final Empire

A note from Caren to non-fantasy readers wondering about Mistborn: Since I'm not a hard-core fantasy fan, I was hesitant about trying a new fantasy author (and the cover art did nothing to reassure me -- yikes!). So I was surprised and delighted to be so engaged by this book. Part of it's appeal was an Ocean's 11 type of plot with some fantastic twists and a great ending, but it was the dept

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22Sep2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Picture Books, poetry
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Linda Ashman and her picture books that delight me

How is it that I haven't heard of Linda Ashman before now? She's been publishing books since 2001 and people have been raving about her all over the internet, but I heard of her first from a blog a few weeks ago and decided she was worth reading. What an understatement! She is amazing! Linda Ashman writes children's books that are such great fun that I read them to my kids and to myself over a

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18Sep2008
Author
Caren
Category
Non-fiction
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The Last Lecture

Many of you probably already know the story behind Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture. Pausch was an innovative computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who gave his Last Lecture (both honorary and literal) in Sept. 2007 after learning that his pancreatic cancer was terminal. The lecture was recorded and has gained popularity by circulating around the Internet, leading him to publish this book

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11Sep2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Kids, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Generation Dead, Gifts, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox

I tend to go through book phases where I read the same genre of book over and over again. It's like I get an itch that needs scratching and the only thing that will do is to overdose on it. Sometimes I'll go through murder mystery phases that will last for years, but thanks to this blog, I have more motivation to pull out of my zone and try something different. For a little while there, it was

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05Sep2008
Author
Caren
Category
Fiction
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Love Walked In

This novel by first-timer Marisa de los Santos was recommended to me a few weeks ago, and I was already a couple chapters into it before I saw the "Romance" sticker on the spine (complete with two snuggling hearts for emphasis). I was mortified, but by then I was already hooked by the very thing that led to the recommendation in the first place: The author's mastery of language and imagery is so

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