“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

Good Writer vs. Good Storyteller: A Fantasy Rant

I’m still working on finishing up my next book, so today I’m just going to post an observation that I’ve had while reading fantasy novels.  There is a HUGE difference between a good writer and a good storyteller.  Unfortunately, most fantasy authors that I’ve come across are good storytellers but absolutely terrible writers.  Robert Jordan,Read more

“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

Once Upon a Time Challenge V

I’m relatively new to the book blog scene, but was introduced by Caroline from Beauty is a Sleeping Cat to the Once Upon a Time Challenge V.  I haven’t participated in any blogging challenges/events yet, but this looked interesting.  The event runs until June 20, and is features several different quests involving reading and reviewingRead 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