“Someplace to Be Flying” by Charles de Lint

  This is my second book for the Once Upon a Time V challenge.  The novel, like most of Charles de Lint’s, is urban fantasy set in the fictional city of Newford. In de Lint’s world, the animal people are shapeshifting spirits who have been on the earth since creation.  When Lily, a photographer, isRead more

“Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clark

  In my epic quest to find a decent fantasy novel, I came upon Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.  I really really wanted to like this book.  I’d read good reviews on Amazon, and when I read the preview chapter, the writing seemed decent enough. Normally I’d add a bit of a plot summary here. Read more

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  Today’s review is a bit of a reminiscence of childhood.  The Little Prince is one of the most beautiful children’s books ever written, and the story remains touching as an adult. The novella tells the story of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert.  While there, he meets a young prince who hailsRead more

“Forests of the Heart” by Charles de Lint

  Today I have another Charles de Lint review.  Forests of the Heart is quite possibly my favorite de Lint novel thus far. The story’s central character is Bettina, a half-Mexican half-Native American woman who is a curandera, or healer.  Bettina’s magic tells her to move from the desert that is her home to Newford.Read more

“Lenin’s Mistress: The Life of Inessa Armand” by Michael Pearson

Inessa Armand is a fascinating historical figure.  She is most famous for her role as Lenin’s mistress, but was quite remarkable in her own right.  She lived during the late 1800s-early 1900s, at a time when women had few rights and little social mobility.  However, instead of living with that role, Inessa had an openRead more