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“What Tree is That?” – A Different Kind of Review

In my heart, I’m sort of a rugged outdoorsman, full of wood-lore and adventure. Of course, my heart is misinformed. If you know me, you’ll surely be quick to point out that this inner desire isn’t necessarily reflected on the outside. Like, in my actual life. (I will note that it is often observed –… Continue reading “What Tree is That?” – A Different Kind of Review

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“The Code Busters Club Case 1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key” Guest Review

My first guest post! Appropriately, it’s written by my 9 year old daughter who has turned into quite the reader. Here’s her take on a book she recently finished (with a few notes by me at the end). “Dakota – Cody – Jones had just finished creating a puzzle for the Code Busters Club to… Continue reading “The Code Busters Club Case 1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key” Guest Review

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“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” Review

“Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china.” So begins The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (and, I must add, wonderfully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline). This is a book that Ivy recently received and, as I’m on Christmas vacation and have some extra time on my hands,… Continue reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” Review

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In Defense of the Speculative

The fiction that I’m drawn to is almost exclusively in the speculative realm: science fiction and fantasy. It’s what I write as well, and I’ve found that this comes with a bit of subconscious embarrassment. Sci-fi/fantasy has some stereotypes attached to it that can carry it somehow into the second (or third?) tier of “serious”… Continue reading In Defense of the Speculative

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“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.” So begins The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This is, of course, the first of Lewis’ well-known Narnia series (I know, I know… first in publication but second in chronology). My dad first read this to me when I was… Continue reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

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“The World’s Greatest Detective” Review

“Most people who made their way to Detective’s Row were in trouble, one way or another, and Toby Montrose was in a heap of it.” So begins The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson. This was another book we considered for Ivy’s book box birthday gifts, and I gave it a read through beforehand. In brief, it… Continue reading “The World’s Greatest Detective” Review