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Review: The Colors of Space

Colors of Space, The
Colors of Space, The by Marion Zimmer Bradley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One of the things I’ve been doing recently is seeking out older works by well known writers, checking in on roots and seeing where they came from. Latest in the effort is one of Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s early works (her fourth novel). Continue reading

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Review: Here, There Be Dragons

Here, There Be Dragons
Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There’s a quote by C.S. Lewis which says “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” I like this quote. I like this quote a lot. What it says to me is that just because you’re writing for a child doesn’t mean you have to “dumb” the story down or condescend to your readers. Continue reading

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful book!

Hazel Grace is a 17 year old dying of cancer. This is not romance cancer which will miraculously get cured by the final act, by the way. Nope, this is terminal from the moment the book opens. She did have a miracle slowing of the cancer at one point about three years before the book starts, but at this point, she’s just waiting for her time to come. She’s pretty much resigned to it and lives her life accordingly. Continue reading

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Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book won all kinds of awards and came highly recommended and yet… I was mostly bored.

The premise, that of a boy walking up in an elevator which is going to deposit him into Lord of the Flies type setting with no memories of his past life could be interesting. The “Glade,” where the boy, Thomas, is deposited, is the center area of a huge maze which some of the boys of this compound (and yes, it’s all boys) go through on a daily basis, trying to “solve” it. They’ve been doing this for two years and all they’ve discovered is that some of the walls move at night (which is also when “scary” monsters come out). Continue reading

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