“Kingfisher” by Patricia McKillip

Patricia McKillip has long been one of my favorite authors, and when I heard about Kingfisher, I knew I had to read it.  McKillip creates ethereal and breathtaking works of art, and I expected Kingfisher to be exquisite.  However, this novel doesn’t live up to her earlier stories.  It’s not that Kingfisher is bad, per se, but rather thatRead more

“Chalice” by Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley is one of my all-time favorite authors.  I discovered her Damar stories when I was at the age where most children’s books were too juvenile and yet I wasn’t ready to jump into the world of grown-up novels.  McKinley writes books that transcend silly things like age and instead uses eloquent prose toRead more

“Winter Rose” by Patricia McKillip

“And I would never stay where I was not free; I would simply walk out the door and vanish, vows or no.” ~”Winter Rose,” by Patricia McKillip Caroline from Beauty is a Sleeping Cat recommended this book to me last year after I had reviewed McKillip’s earlier novel The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.  I’ve hadRead more

“The Rowan” by Anne McCaffrey

Although “The Rowan,” by Anne McCaffrey, is a science fiction novel, it reminds me a bit of a fairy tale.  It just has that “once upon a time” magical feel to it. The story is set in a distant future where telepathy and psychokinesis have been scientifically proven to exist among a small percentage ofRead more

“The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. LeGuin

Ursula K. Le Guin is phenomenal.  A few months ago, I read her novel “The Telling” and loved the anthropological manner in which she describes the culture of her sci-fi worlds.  I had heard good things about “The Left Hand of Darkness,” and was not disappointed.  It is now one of my favorite books ofRead more

“The Telling” by Ursula K. Le Guin

  “The Telling” reminds me a bit of Huxley’s “Brave New World” in the sense that the characters aren’t of much importance, but rather a lens through which to view the society that the novel portrays. Sutty, the main character, is an observer from Earth (called Terra in the book) who is sent to studyRead more