My most recent read.

The Shadow Speaker The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this highly imaginative coming of age tale about Ejimafor Ugabe, Dikéogu, and five seperate worlds. This story had a wonderful 'feel' to it that makes me want to recommend it to almost everyone.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Pearl - John Steinbeck

I love Steinbeck's writing style. He is one of the most powerful and addicting writers that I have read. The Pearl is a short tale about, what else, human nature.

A young family is raised in a private culture which is dominated by 'civilized' people. They have accepted their role in life, when along comes an object that could change their position in life. It changes much more then that. The development in the main character, Kino, throughout the hundred plus pages is believable and understandable. Who of us hasn't thought of a better life? A 'what if' moment if you may?

Us humans, no matter which culture, religion, or upbringing are only a thought a way from total destruction.

I thoroughly enjoyed this basic tale and felt like weeping at the end.

"The shawl was crusted with dried blood, and the bundle swayed a little as she walked. Her [Jauna] face was hard and lined and leathery with fatigue. And her wide eyes stared inward on herself. She was as remote and as removed as heaven." pg 115

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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Abarat, Book 1: Abarat by Clive Barker
The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames (Author), Dean Haspiel (Illustrator)
Alcoholics Anonymous by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
Amazonia: A Novel by James Rollins
Amber and Ashes (Dragonlance: The Dark Disciple, #1) by Margaret Weis
Anansi Boys: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Volume 1 (graphic novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Annotated Chronicles by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
Annotated Legends by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
Armageddon (Left Behind, Book 11) by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Arzach by Jean "Moebius" Giraud
Atlantis Found (Dirk Pitt, #15) by Clive Cussler
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons by Bill Watterson
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson


Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
Beauty’s Punishment (Sleeping Beauty book 2) by A.N. Roquelaure
Before Adam by Jack London
Before They Are Hanged (The First Law, #2) by Joe Abercrombie
Beowulf by Anonymous, R.K. Gordon (Translator)
The Best American Erotica 2001 by Susie Bright
Black Wizards (Forgotten Realms: Moonshae, #2) by Douglas Niles
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One) by Joe Abercrombie
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras, #1) by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl
The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess
The Book of Enoch the Prophet by R.A. Gilbert
The Book of Jhereg (Vlad Taltos, #1-3) by Steven Brust
The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor)
The Book That Changed My Life: Interviews with National Book Award Winners and Finalists by Neil Baldwin
The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess, John Bolton
Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Brimstone (Diogenes Trilogy, Book 1) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Brothers Majere (Dragonlance: Preludes, #3) by Kevin Stein


The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft, S.T. Joshi (Editor)
The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson
Captain Freedom: A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves by G. Xavier Robillard
Careers in Writing by Blythe Camenson
The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the U.S. Constitution by Larry Gonick
The Cataclysm (Dragonlance: Tales II, Book 2) by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
Cerebus Book 01: Cerebus by Dave Sim
Cerebus Book 02: High Society by Dave Sim
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
Chasm City (Revelation Space, Book 2) by Alastair Reynolds
Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, Book 4) by Orson Scott Card
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin
The Claw of the Conciliator (Book of the New Sun, Book 2) by Gene Wolfe
Coalescent: A Novel by Stephen Baxter
The Colour of Magic (Discworld, Book 1) by Terry Pratchett
The Companions (Dragonlance: Meetings Sextet, #6) by Tina Daniell
The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
Conan of Cimmeria: The Bloody Crown of Conan (Book 2) by Robert E. Howard
The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue by Will Eisner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon