Book Review # 83: The Subtle Knife

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Publishing Date: 1997 Number of Pages: 288 Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Bildungsroman Synopsis The intrepid young Lyra has passed through a shimmering portal in the sky and finds herself in a beautiful, haunted otherworld – Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant […]

Book Review # 82: The Ask and the Answer

Book Specs Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Walker Books Ltd. Publishing Date: 2009 Number of Pages: 517 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction Synopsis Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd and Viola once again face their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately imprisoned and separated from Viola, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the […]

Book Review # 80: The Golden Compass

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Publishing Date: 1996 Number of Pages: 351 Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Bildungsroman Synopsis Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars in Jordan College, her daemon familiar always by her side. But the moment she hears hushed talk of Dust, an extraordinary particle, she’s […]

Book Review # 78: Killing Commendatore

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen (from Japanese) Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Date: October 2018 Number of Pages: 681 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Historical Fiction Synopsis In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of […]

Book Review # 77: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Book Specs Author: Ernest Hemingway Publisher: Quality Paperback Book Club Publishing Date: 1993 Number of Pages: 471 Genre: War Novel Historical Fiction Synopsis Written in the late 1930s, when democracy faces its greatest peril, For Whom the Bell Tolls is Hemingway’s masterful novel about love, death, honor and betrayal. Set amidst the tragedy of the […]

Book Review # 76: Sputnik Sweetheart

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Philip Gabriel Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: April 2002 Number of Pages: 210 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Romance, Suspense Synopsis K is madly in love with his best friend, Sumire, but her devotion to a writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments. At least, that is, until she meets […]

Book Review # 75: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Book Specs Author: Douglas Adams Publisher: Del Rey Publishing Date: 2005 Number of Pages: 216 Genre: Scientific Fiction, Adventure Novel Synopsis Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Perfect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide […]

Book Review # 74: The War of the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Mario Vargas Llosa Translator: Helen R. Lane Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: August 2008 Number of Pages:  568 pages Genre: Historical Novel Synopsis Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history […]