Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Jun 25

Book Review: I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith I didn’t realize until I was halfway done with this book that the author also wrote 101 Dalmatians, which I read as a child. It was mentioned in The Billfold, a blog about personal finance, which has a recurring spot where they discuss the finance of children’s literature. …

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Jun 18

Book Review: His Majesty’s Dragon

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik If you love dragons, this series is not to be missed. It’s a cross between the Horatio Hornblower series and the Dragonriders of Pern. What happens when a British naval captain captures a ship that has an unhatched dragon egg on board? Well, he must do his duty and …

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Jun 07

Book Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan If this novel had been the same strength as the third one, I would not be eagerly anticipating book #5, but this novel really kicked it up a notch. Politics play a much larger role in this novel, as Lady Trent and Tom Wilkins work with the …

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Jun 07

Book Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk

The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan This is a great kind of escapist fantasy, combining high-seas adventure, first contact, and of course, dragons. I’d read the first two books in this series and enjoyed them, so picked up the third for a sure-fire diversion. It certainly delivered. Do I think it could be …

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May 31

Book Review: A Bend in the Road

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks I’ve never read a Nick Sparks book, but I know people just adore them and I wanted an escapist romance so I picked this one up from the library based on the fact that it was available. I don’t know when it was written, but it feels …

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