The Phantom Tollbooth is a cute read for kids. I’m not sure if I’d classify this as Young Adult (YA) or Middle Grade (MG), because I am horrible with education and ages for word-smithing fluency.  So much of it I found myself chuckling at, in how Juster was able to set up a certain turn of words as a joke.  Here’s a couple instances of how he illustrates how to and how to to use words and phrases: “For always remember that while it is wrong to use too few, it is often far worse to use too many.” ” ‘I never knew words couldRead More →

Science fiction and fantasy are probably two of my favorite genres. I grew up on Tolkien and Terry Brooks Shannara series. So, when I got the recommendation to add Tad Williams trilogy of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, figured this would easily be something I would inhale. It definitely was engaging, and I enjoyed it, but at the end of the day, when putting a critical eye to it, the first book, The Dragonbone Chair, had several elements that I find less appealing. It was long – 672 pages!  I was easily engaged, but even with an engaging book, to only get halfway through it inRead More →

I’m forgetting my order here, because I know The Hound of Baskerville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was finished some time in either late January or early February, but did not make it to the review, and it was a library return. Going on memory, I enjoyed the read, but also found the logic of the verbiage a bit off-putting. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a sense of logic and deduction, but the way this was done (probably more the semantics of the time), was such that it required me to focus exclusively on it. I like to have music in the backgroundRead More →

After all the heavy reading lately, I decided I needed a break. Work schedule has been crazy, and I really didn’t have the time to get lost in a long read, so reverted to one of the books from my childhood: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.  The third in the Narnia triology, this was my favorite as a child.  Even as a 40+ adult, I found myself laughing and crying so much during the few hours it took me to read it. A must read for anyone from any age if you want to get away but only have a fewRead More →

Another classic under the belt for 2017 – Kim by Rudyard Kipling: I can see why it is considered a classic, but it dragged for me after a while. I’d give it 3.5 starsRead More →

Starship Troopers started really well, but after a while, it started getting weary, and felt a bit lecture-y. After the other books that were also preaching certain moralities and ethics, I think I was tiring after a while. Robert Heinlen is an excellent writer, and I see why so many are hooked on his work.Read More →