“Interview With the Vampire” by Anne Rice

  Disclaimer:  Normally, I’m not into vampire novels.  Sometimes they’re okay (if you are Robin McKinley or Elizabeth Kostova).  Sparkly vampires bother me.  This book was really big when I was in high school, but I never got around to reading it because I was too busy reading Nietzsche and various social contract theories.  WhenRead more

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is one of my favorite books of all time.  The story starts out when a particularly ordinary man named Arthur Dent discovers that his home is about to be demolished to make way for a highway bypass.  Meanwhile, a group of aliens called the Vogons show up toRead more

“Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey

  Over the course of the past week, I’ve read a couple different blog posts that talk about how a lot of fantasy novels feature very traditional gender roles.  This novel, then, is something entirely different. Carey’s story is a fantasy/alternate history set in the country of Terre d’Ange, which resembles medieval France.  Terre d’AngeRead more

“Medicine Road” by Charles de Lint

  Medicine Road is a desert fairy tale, and is my last book for the Once Upon a Time V challenge.  If you enjoyed my reviews for the challenge, be sure to check out the other great bloggers who contributed similarly themed posts. In this novel, Coyote Woman encounters a red dog pursuing a jackalope.Read more

Darkness Too Visible

By now, you’ve probably read Meghan Cox Gurdon’s Wall Street Journal article “Darkness Too Visible,” which criticizes the availability of dark-themed YA novels.  Needless to say, this has created quite a buzz in the book blog world, with a great deal of debate on both sides. My own opinion is that Megan Cox Gurdon isRead more

“Demons” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  This book was singlehandedly responsible for getting me into Russian literature.  I came across a battered paperback copy in my high school library (a terrible translation, mind you, with the title still as “The Possessed” instead of “Demons”) and was immediately sucked in.  Now I’m a huge Russian lit nerd.  Dostoevsky, I blame you!Read more

“The Forgotten Beasts of Eld” by Patricia A. McKillip

  This is my fourth book for the Once Upon a Time V challenge.  After reading several excellent blog reviews about Patricia McKillip’s “Winter Rose,” I came across this at a used book sale.  It is one of McKillip’s earlier books, and the edition I picked up came complete with 1970s cover art. Although “TheRead more

“Priestess of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  While I was at the library used bookstore last week, I came across a gorgeous new hardcover edition of this book, which was exciting.  I had already been familiar with “The Mists of Avalon” (both the book and the miniseries) so decided to give it a try.  It is set after the Arthurian booksRead more