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Minor Mage

Minor Mage (2019) T. Kingfisher Oliver is a minor mage. He might become more powerful, because he’s only twelve, but right now he only has three spells. Unfortunately, the town has decided that he must go to the mountains to fetch the rain, before the drought ruins everyone. Of course, the townspeople waited until Oliver’s […]


Digger (2011) Ursula Vernon Published by Sofawolf Press Rating: 8.5/10

The Tea Dragon Society

The Tea Dragon Society (2020) K. O’Neill This is an odd little story. It’s about a girl, who is learning how to be a blacksmith. She finds a lost dragon and returns it to its owner, and slowly learns about tea dragons. And also slowly becomes friends not just with the dragons owner, but with […]

Princeless Vol. 1: Short Stories Collection

Princeless Vol. 1: Short Stories Collection This is what it says on the tin: a short story collection. It’s really backstory for the different characters filled in, including the king and Kira (the wolf) and Angoisse (Adrienne’s sister) and Bedelia. I can see why these stories didn’t necessarily belong in the main volume, however, considering […]

Princeless: Make Yourself

Princeless Vol 5 Part 1: Make Yourself I am very conflicted about this volume. First, it’s only Part 1 (although it doesn’t say that on the cover). Second, there are 26 pages of ads for other comics. That made it feel like it was padded out with ads to make up for being split in […]

Princeless Vol. 4: Be Yourself

Princeless Vol. 4: Be Yourself (2015) Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin and Brett Grunig This is the fourth Princless book and finds Adrienne off to attempt to rescue her middle sister, Angoisse. This was good, but I think the bits about Adrienne were weaker than the previous volumes. She and Bedelia are more witnesses to events […]

Princeless Vol 3: The Pirate Princess

Princeless Vol 3: The Pirate Princess (2014) Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt Volume three finds Adrienne rescuing another princess locked in a tower–Raven aka The Black Arrow aka the Pirate Princess. Raven is a bit of a trickster figure, with her own agenda. But she isn’t a bad character–just one who knows what she […]

Princeless, Vol 2: Get Over Yourself

Princeless, Vol 2: Get Over Yourself (2014) Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin Fun! Although not quite as good as the first. Adrienne has rescued herself and has now decided to rescue the rest of her sisters–even if said sisters are not quite sure they need rescued. Boy is Adrienne’s older sister Angelica irritating. Part of […]

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 Beware the Kitten Holy

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 Beware the Kitten Holy (2015) Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Brooke A Allen Apparently, if I’m going to pull out my reading glasses, I’m going to go ahead and read a bunch of comics. Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome […]

Princeless: Vol. One: Save Yourself

Princeless: Vol 1: Save Yourself (2012) Jeremy Whitley and Mia Goodwin OMG. This. Is. Awesome. I’ve had it for awhile, but hadn’t gotten around to reading it, because reading comics now requires me to find a pair of reading glasses. O.o I should not have waited. Princeless is a delight and a marvel and I […]

Monster on the Hill

Monster on the Hill (2013) Rob Harrell This is a comic/graphic novel for kids. It’s cute and amusing, but perhaps a tad bit heavy-handed with the lesson. But what is it about? Stoker-on-Avon has a monster problem. More specifically, their monster is terrible. He doesn’t come out and scare the townspeople, he just sits in […]

Basho and the River Stones

Basho and the River Stones (2004) Tim Myers and Oki S. Han Somehow, I got it into my mind that this was a completely different kind of book. This is a children’s book, and I have the kindle version, so keep that in mind because it affects how I feel about the book. The story […]

Books for Kids: Part III

Here are books for middle grade readers and older kids. A lot of these I can recommend for adult readers, they’re really very good (and with online ordering, you don’t have to skulk into the kids section, feeling like a creep who doesn’t belong). Part I – Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers Part II – Pre-Schoolers and […]

Books for Kids: Part II

I mostly review adult and YA books, but because there are a lot of kids in my life, there are also a lot of kids books in my life, so here are some books for the kids in your life. Books for Kids Part I These are some good books for pre-schoolers and middle grade […]

Books for Kids: Part I

As I reader, one of my goals in life is to help all the small people in my life become readers. So I give a LOT of books as gifts–enough that I had to create a spreadsheet so I could track who has received what. As I was wrapping books for the latest birthday, I […]

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011) Catherynne M. Valente This started coming up as recommended for me pretty much as soon as it was published. But it was hardback, and a hardback price even for the Kindle, and it seemed straight-up fantasy, which I just haven’t been in […]

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery (2011) Maryrose Wood and Jon Klassen Miss Penelope Lumley continues to be the governess of Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia Incorrigible, the three children raised by wolves and adopted by Lord Ashton. Penelope (or Lumawoo as the children call her), continues to be both protector and educator […]

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling (2009) Maryrose Wood and Illustrated by Jon Klassen Penelope Lumpey has just graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and now, at the age of 15 must make her way forth in the world. Luckily for her, a governess position was found by her […]

Where’s My Cow

Where’s My Cow? (2005) Terry Pratchett Children’s Winner of the Ankh-Morpork Librarian’s Award: OOK! Needed something to cheer me up after a particularly depressing mystery. Where’s My Cow (click to read previous review) was the perfect palate cleanser. Except, of course, now I want to go read more Discworld books.

Runaways: Rock Zombies

Runaways: Rock Zombies (2009) Terry Moore, Takeshi Miyazawa, Christiana Strain First things first: Wha? The last two stories? Wha? This volume starts at the radio station where Chase has been working. Val has decided he wants to money and power and all that, so attempts to turn all of LA into zombies. And I have […]

Runaways: Dead Wrong

Runaways : Dead Wrong (2009) Terry Moore, Humberto Ramos, Christiana Strain, Dave Meikis Well. That was disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible or anything, but it wasn’t the quality I’ve come to expect from Runaways. First, the review I read on Amazon was spot on–I really dislike the Humberto Ramos’ art. Some of […]

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book (2008) Neil Gaiman Nobody Owens lives in a graveyard. I’ve known this for quite awhile. You see, I read Neil Gaiman’s blog, and he’d been talking about The Graveyard Book long before he every got around to writing it. So I knew there would one day be a book about a boy […]

Runaways: Dead End Kids

Runaways Vol 8: Dead End Kids (2008) Joss Whedon, Michael Ryan, and Christina Strain Finally! The next installment of Runaways! And boy have things changed. First and foremost, Brian K Vaughan gave up his writing duties on Runaways to Joss Whedon. Second, the format changed, and instead of the little tiny book, Dead End Kids […]

Runaways 7: Live Fast

Runaways 7: Live Fast (2007) Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Mike Norton, Craig Young After ordering and reading volume 6, Parental Guidance, I was able to read volume 7, Live Fast, and I have to say that the beginning made a lot more sense. The Runaways are dealing with their losses, and attempting to adapt […]

Runaways 6: Parental Guidance

Runaways 6: Parental Guidance (2006) Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alpohna, Craig Yeung I somehow missed publication of volume 6 of Runaways, but saw when volume 7 came out. Considering the events in Parental Guidance, I was quite confused when I started to read volume 7, and quickly realized I’d missed several important events. Luckily, Amazon […]

Mister Monday

Mister Monday (2003) Garth Nix I absolutely loved Sabriel. The following two books were also excellent, but I just adored Sabriel. I also liked his collection of short stories, Across the Wall. So when I saw he had another series, The Keys to the Kingdom, I… hesitated. Sometimes when an author has written a book […]

Runaways Vol 5: Escape to New York

Runaways Vol 5: Escape to New York (2006) Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa Escape to New York is the fifth volume of the Runaways series. The Runaways are still trying to clean up the mess they created when they took out their parent’s crime syndicate, and for now they’re allowing Victor to remain […]

Runaways Vol 4: True Believers

Runaways Vol 4: True Believers (2005) Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung True Believers is the fourth installment in the Runaways series, telling the story of five teens who ran away after discovering their parents were super-villains. Still on the run from Foster Care, the Runaways are hiding out under the La Brea Museum, […]

Swan Sister

Swan Sister (2003) Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling I don’t think I’ve come across a short story collection put together by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling that I didn’t like, and Swan Sister is no exception to the rule. The stories are fairy tales retold, by a variety of authors–many some of my favorites. The […]

Ptolemy’s Gate

Ptolemy’s Gate (2006) Jonathan Stroud The final book of the Bartimaeus trilogy, in Ptolemy’s Gate Bartimaeus and Nathaniel discover the conspiracy that has been plotting to overthrow the government. We also discover what Kitty Jones has been doing since we last saw her. John Mandrake may have risen in the government, but Kitty has been […]

The Golem’s Eye

The Golem’s Eye (2004) Jonathan Stroud The second book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy starts two years after the end of The Amulet of Samarkand. Nathaniel/John Mandrake has been the apprentice of Jessica Whitwell, and has become a member of the Department of Internal Affairs, and put in charge of learning about and stopping the Resistance. […]

The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand The Bartimaeus Trilogy (2003) Jonathan Stroud Bartimaeus is a djinni who has been around for thousands of years. He even spent time in Ancient Egypt, a culture that he seems to have some slight fondness for. However, when he’s called this time, his Master is an eleven year old apprentice with […]

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2004) Isabel Allende Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden Alexander Cold asks his grandmother, Kate, if he can accompany her on her latest expedition for International Geographic, this time to a remote country in the Himalayas. A country nicknamed The Forbidden Kingdom, because of its far location and the fact that […]

Runaways Vol 3: The Good Die Young

Runaways Vol 3: The Good Die Young (2004) Brian K. Vaughan And finally, the conclusion of the story arc started in Pride and Joy. We finally learn why the Pride formed, and what they were trying to do. And the teens finally resolve the problem. We also learn who the mole was, and why the […]

Runaways Vol 2: Teenage Wasteland

Runaways Vol 2: Teenage Wasteland (2003) Brian K. Vaughan Now that they’ve escaped from their parents, the runaways are trying to figure out what to do with themselves. To amend for their parent’s actions, some of them believe that they should fight evil themselves, but they’re broke and hungry and still scared and shaken up, […]

Where’s My Cow?

Where’s My Cow? (2005) Terry Pratchett If you like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, then you will definitely want to read this book. First of all, it has an award, “Children’s Winner of the Ankh-Morpork Librarians’ Award. OOK!” Also, it has blurbs on the back, “‘…wonderfully instructive’ Tuppence Swivel, the Times of Ankh Morpork” and “‘…Are we […]

A Circle of Cats

A Circle of Cats (2003) Charles de Lint Illustrated by Charles Vess I received this book for my birthday from Brian and Stacie. (THANKS!) I’d placed it on my wish list solely because it was written by Charles de Lint, and as usual, I wasn’t disappointed. A Circle of Cats is about Lillian, a girl […]

A Wolf at the Door

A Wolf at the Door (2000) edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling I love folk tales and fairy tales, and I love the idea of stories that have been told and retold, and then finally captured on paper. The problem of course, is finding an author who is good at translating stories from an […]

The Old Man Mad About Drawing

The Old Man Mad About Drawing Francois Place Translated by William Rodarmor I got this book solely on the recommendation of Jim at the Bookshelf, who said he thought I would like it (several years ago I had been looking for the story “The Boy Who Drew Cats” which I remembered from a reading book […]

A Bad Beginning

A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1999) I really liked this book. It may have only taken me 45 minutes to read, but it was a very enjoyable 45 minutes. A Bad Beginning begins the tale of the Baudelaire children, who, in the first few pages of the book, are orphaned and lose everything except […]

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer Another children’s/young adult book, and a pretty good one at that, although I didn’t find it quite as interesting as either Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials or Garth Nix’s Sabriel. It was still good, and I liked the fact that the protagonist is an antihero. Ostensibly, no good qualities, although […]

Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen

Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen by Garth Nix I’d been looking Sabriel for awhile but hadn’t picked it up to read, mostly because I already have too many books I’ll read when I have time to get around to it, but I read some positive comments about the books, and decided to read them over the break. […]

His Dark Materials

The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman I picked these up because I had heard good things about them, because they were supposedly ‘Young Adult’ books and thus a fast read for me, and because all three books of the trilogy were out and available. Importance not necessarily in that […]