“The Everything Seed: A Story of Beginnings” by Carol Martignacco

  Every religion has its own creation myth, and these myths are often taught to children in the form of stories.  A few years ago, I babysat some kids whose parents weren’t religious.  Their parents had given them this very cool book, however, that preserves the magic of a creation story. “The Everything Seed” isRead more

“Queen of Camelot” by Nancy McKenzie

  I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for Arthurian novels.  Nancy McKenzie’s “Queen of Camelot” was interesting, largely because it doesn’t portray Guinevere as a bitch, but rather more of a victim of circumstance.  At the same time, she is a rather strong character. McKenzie handled the whole Lancelot love triangle as GuinevereRead more

“The Idiot” by Dostoevsky

  “The Idiot” is one of Dostoevsky’s most intriguing novels, as it is Dostoevsky’s attempt to write a novel about a character who is purely good.  I studied this book in undergrad and so could go on about it for hours, but I shall try to be a bit more succinct. Prince Myshkin is theRead more

“Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

  I just finished reading “Slaughterhouse Five” for the first time.  I should have read it years ago; in fact, I attempted to read it my freshmen year of high school, but then was mildly traumatized after reading that a soldier in the novel carried around a picture of a girl attempting intercourse with aRead more

Life is Dark

Meghan Cox Gurdon has been at it again with a response to the criticism against her article “Darkness Too Visible,” which I commented on in an earlier post. Clearly, YA novels are out to get us and out to eat your children. Gurdon still just doesn’t seem to get it.  Adolescents have to deal withRead more

“Crystal Singer” by Anne McCaffrey

  Ah, yes… 1980s sci-fi.  I had heard good things about McCaffrey, although she’s mostly famous for her dragon books.  I was not disappointed in “Crystal Singer.” The protagonist, Killashandra Ree, reminds me a bit of Rachel from Glee.  She’s very ambitious and driven, and it took me half the book to figure out thatRead more

A Foray Into Science Fiction

Recently, I realized that as a whole I’ve neglected to read much science fiction.  This may, in fact, be the understatement of the year. Oh, I’ve read some classics, but I’ve never really counted them as sci-fi.  Zamyatin’s “We,” Orwell’s “1984,” and Huxley’s “Brave New World” all seemed to me to focus so much onRead more