A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window
|If only Aunt Josephine had been afraid of Count Olaf like she was afraid of doorknobs.
A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room
|Well, look at it this way. At least Uncle Monty doesn't have to worry about finding a new assistant now.
|Great book on the lore, recipes, and rituals of this time of year.
|Francesca Lia Block
The Rose and the Beast
|Retold fairy tales from Block's magically modern point of view.
Little Altars Everywhere
|Not as good as Divine Secrets, but worth reading if you liked its characters.
Jesus Among Other Gods
|I wanted to see what sort of arguments a Christian makes against any other religion. Turns out the author holds every other religion to very strict judging points, but makes excuses for Christianity when it falls short on the same points. (Example: Criticizes other religions for lack of cohesiveness, but totally ignores the fact that Christianity is the most fragmented of them all.)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
|Excellent book about women, families, special friendships, and Louisiana.
Freak the Mighty
|This book was really damn good. I wish more authors would take the effort to make their children's books this easy to read; maybe then fewer kids would bitch about required reading.
The Magick of Folk Wisdom
|I kind of read this in bits now and then. Well-written book about folk magick and related subjects.
The Last Battle
|Last Narnia book. The ending was a bit surprising, but if you figured it out somewhere along there that this entire series was a Christian allegory, it wasn't much of a shock.
The Silver Chair
|My favorite Narnia book. Ooh, enchantment, and overcoming fears.
The Dawn Treader
|A rather humdrum ride on a ship.
|It's weird how these books skip around in time.
The Horse and His Boy
|This horse had personality, dammit!
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
|The famous book; first written, but second chronologically. Not a bad book, deals with the redemption of a boy who's done wrong.
The Magician's Nephew
|Ooh, you get to see how the wardrobe that leads to Narnia came to be. I started reading this because it seemed ridiculous that I never had, and it was such a classic.
Sandman III: Dream Country
|Dream rescues his old lover Calliope. Then the cats revolt. And then Dream and Shakespeare consort again. And then some immortal chick learns how to die.
|Cathy Cash Spellman
Bless the Child
|Intriguing to read, I liked this because it was more in-depth than the movie could go, and answered questions it didn't. The story was quite different though.
The Pagan Book of Halloween
|Did you know that Halloween's all about doing divination to find out who you're gonna marry? That's like half of this book. It was charmingly old-school, but not that helpful.
Sandman II: The Doll's House
|The story of Dream's love with Nada is told, and we're introduced to the "other" dream king, which is how Lyta Hall comes into the story, pregnant with Daniel, who has a surprising fate in store for him. Rose, who is a dream vortex of some kind, tells her story, and meets her "grandmother."
|Ted L. Nancy
Letters from a Nut
|Mr. Nancy spends a lot of time writing fucked up things to companies. Here they're displayed.
Sandman I: Preludes and Nocturnes
|The Sandman begins; a magician traps Dream of the Endless while trying to trap Death, and the world's dreams go awry. After he gets free, Dream travels around trying to get back his helmet and his ruby, and runs into lots of shit.
|An EXCELLENT practical magic book for today!
The Boy Who Lost His Face
|Not a very good book for such a good author, but enjoyable nonetheless. His others are better almost without exception.
Brave New World
|I'd never read it, so I picked it up of course. It's good to understand the references now.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
|The epic fourth Harry Potter book did not disappoint, though it did have that "let's explain everything that's happened" bit at the end, and ended up on a cliffhanger where evil has escaped into the world and there's not another book until three years later.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
|Had to read this to find out what was gonna happen to Harry in his third Hogwarts year. Those dementors are scary!
|Francesca Lia Block
|Um, a book of sex stories. I promise I only got it because I love the author and collect her work. I only have one question now. How the hell do you have sex with a mermaid???
Why I Am Not a Christian
|The title intrigued me, so I read it. Russell just makes so much sense, though if you're Christian your argument's based on faith, not on logic.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
|Jeaux gave me this, I had read the first Harry Potter while interning and wanted to see what was next.
|Joan D. Vinge
|I have no idea how many times I've read this. Sometimes I just have to pick up a book that I know isn't disappointing. In this third full volume of the Cat series, Cat finds answers to his Hydran bloodline.
|Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber
The Mutant Prime
|I got this and its prequel from the library because I like reading about unusual humans. This was a bit disappointing but it was all right, just too epic for my taste, at the expense of its characters.
|Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber
The Mutant Season
|I didn't much like it, but the concept intrigued me.
|Joan D. Vinge
|If I had to pick a favorite book, this would be the winner! I've re-read this I dunno how many times. It's just so perfectly written, wonderful dialogue, beautiful compelling and realistic character with enough quirk and interesting-ness to keep us reading. I love you Cat! I love you Ms. Vinge!
|I just grabbed this while I was bored at my internship and waiting for my teacher to come back for an evaluation. This was well-written and had an interesting plot, very realistic for school-age kids.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
|The famous book that started it all; my fourth graders were reading it in reading group so I wanted to know what they were talking about. I think what makes Harry Potter so attractive to kids is that before he knew he was a wizard, he was just like them.
|Can't believe I re-read this, but I just felt like it.
The Lost Boy
|Continuing the story of the child who was called "It," in which he mostly lost my sympathy since he began to be responsible for the problems he had. Stopped reading the series after this.
A Child Called "It"
|I picked this up because I wanted to read a book that was published by HCI, 'cause I wanted editing work with them. The book was horrific in subject matter, lukewarm in writing talent, and has a typo on page 42. :)