Book Review: Vampires In The Lemon Grove by Karen Russell


Author: Karen Russell Title: Vampires in the Lemon Grove Narrator: Arthur Morey, Mark Bramhall, Jesse Bernstein, Michael Bybee, Kaleo Griffith, Joy Osmanski Publication Info: Books on Tape, 2013 Summary/Review: This collection of short stories is hard to describe. Not really science fiction, not really fanatasy, not really horror, maybe magical realism, definitely weird stories. Sometimes…

Movie Review: Big Fish (2003)


Title: Big Fish Release Date: 2003 Director: Tim Burton Summary/Review: The center of this story is a son trying to reconcile with his dying father. Edward is a man who charms people with his stories but Will feels that stories prevented him from really knowing his father. This being a Tim Burton film, the stories…

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Author: Ransom Riggs Title:Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Narrator:  Jesse Bernstein Publication Info: Random House Audio, 2011 Summary/Review: 16-year-old Jacob travels to a remote Welsh island to learn more about the shelter that took in his grandfather during World War II.  Through some mysterious encounters and time travel he learns that the children at…

Book Reviews: The Left-Handed Hummingbird by Kate Orman


Author: Kate Orman Title:The Left-Handed Hummingbird Publication Info: London : Doctor Who Books, 1993. Summary/Review: This Doctor Who novel is epic in scope from contemporary Mexico to the Aztec empire to hippie London in the 60s to the John Lennon assassination to the sinking of Titanic. And yet, this may be the most internal story for the…

Book Review: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin


Author: Ursula Le Guin Title: A Wizard of Earthsea Narrator: Harlan Ellison Publication Info: San Bruno, CA : Fantastic Audio, p2001. [originally published, 1968] Summary/Review: This fantasy novel set in the magical land of Earthsea introduces Ged, a boy whose magical ability shines in a society with numerous witches and practitioners of magic.  After saving his village from an attack,…

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer


Author: Eoin Colfer Title: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian Narrator: Nathaniel Parker Publication Info: New York : Listening Library, p2012. Summary/Review: The final installment in the Artemis Fowl series or so it would seem.  Opal Koboi has her biggest take over the world plot, Mulch Diggums has his biggest flatulence, and Artemis has his ultimate moment of genius….

Book Review: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin


Author: George R.R. Martin Title: A Feast for Crows Narrator: John Lee Publication Info: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2006 Summary/Review: The fourth book in A Song of Ice and Fire is a departure from the style of the earlier books, as it focuses on stories of only some of the major characters, while characters like…

Book Review:The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


Author: Neil Gaiman  Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publication Info: [New York] : Harper Audio, 2013. Previously read by the same author: American Gods Good Omens The Graveyard Book The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes The Sandman: The Doll’s House The Sandman: Dream Country The Sandman: Season of Mists The Ocean at the…

Book Review:A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin


Author: George R.R. Martin Title: A Storm of Swords Narrator: Roy Dotrice Publication Info: Random House Audio (2012) Previous books in the series: A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings Summary/Review:  The high fantasy series continues with the grim and deadly doing of Westeros, a place where weddings are more dangerous than battlefields and being a king…

Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin


Author: George R.R. Martin Title: A Clash of Kings Narrator: Roy Dotrice Publication Info: Random House Audio (2011) Previously read by the same author: A Game of Thrones Summary/Review: The second installment of A Song of Ice and Fire was gripping to my ears as I plowed through the audiobook.  Despite the title, there is not much clashing…