Tom Clancy-Red Storm Rising

Themes Explored: politics, geopolitical warfare, geopolitics, oil dependency, economics, communism, modern warfare, espionage, suspense, adventure, mystery, terrorism, diplomacy, meteorology Synopsis: Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. (From Goodreads) Review: I apologize for the lack of recent activity. Between … Continue reading Tom Clancy-Red Storm Rising

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Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Themes Explored: friendship, power, coming of age, pride, language, supernatural, man and the natural world, education, duty, personal responsibility, arrogance, death, death, balance, coming-of-age, fantasy, dragons, magic, wizardry, consequences Summary: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and … Continue reading Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Neil Gaiman-Neverwhere

Themes Explored:  fantasy, urban fantasy, restlessness, adventure, danger, evil, the underworld, life, romance, action, death, magic, shadows, mysticism, assassins, invisibility, time-travel, angels, fall from grace, power, darkness, legend, fighting, religion, dreams, destiny Summary: Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers … Continue reading Neil Gaiman-Neverwhere

Patrick Rothfuss-The Lightning Tree

Themes Explored: voyeurism, fantasy, high fantasy, fae folk, fae lore, favors, revenge, father-son relations, familial conflict, mentor-protégé relationship, death, lifem imagination, bargains, legends Synopsis: A short story featuring Bast from the Kingkiller world. It takes place prior to the opening of The Name of the Wind and follows Bast around for a day (From Goodreads). … Continue reading Patrick Rothfuss-The Lightning Tree

Movie Review: Pride & Prejudice 1940

Director: Robert Z. Leonard Rating: R Starring: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley Screenplay: Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, Helen Jerome Based on the Novel By: Jane Austen Music By: Herbert Stothart Cinematography: Karl Freund Running Time: 118 Minutes Premiered: July 26, 1940 DVD Release: October 10, 2006 Plot Summary: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five … Continue reading Movie Review: Pride & Prejudice 1940

Jojo Moyes-After You

Themes Explored: grief, coping, familial relations, mother-daughter relations, realistic fiction, work, reality, crushed dreams, guilt, death, teenage rebellion, drifting through life, making hard decisions, therapy, getting over loss, romance Summary: Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling … Continue reading Jojo Moyes-After You

JoJo Moyes-Me Before You

Themes Explored: quality of life, familial relations, death, life, meaning of life, relationships, romance, heartbreak, assisted suicide, drama, realism, sadness, happiness, rejuvenation, divorce, poverty, work ethic, sexual assault, growing up, coming-of-age, recognizing potential, male-female relationships, quadriplegia, contemporary fiction, recession, joblessness, job hunting Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there … Continue reading JoJo Moyes-Me Before You

Robin McKinley-The Door in the Hedge

Themes Explored: fairy tale retellings, fiction, faerie tales, short stories, magic, elves,  dual realities, spells, curses,  fantasy, changelings, romance, princesses, falling in love, mysticism, legends, mythology, lore, ancient customs Synopsis: Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is … Continue reading Robin McKinley-The Door in the Hedge

Sarah J Maas-A Court of Mist and Fury

Themes Explored: fantasy, faire realm, faire mythology, legend, magic, curses, uprisings, rebellions, war, ancient mysterious, inter-realm travel, Stockholm syndrome, post-traumatic stress, regret, remorse, self-loathing, self-hate, freedom, oppression, family, sibling relations, evil, monsters, death, rebirth, romance, sacrifice, betrayal, inter-species relations, secrecy Synopsis: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. … Continue reading Sarah J Maas-A Court of Mist and Fury

Caragh M. O’Brien-The Rule of Mirrors

Themes Explored: identity, existence, life, ethics, morality, split-personality, pregnancy, familial relationships, romantic entanglements, mystery, intrigue,  dreams, boarding school, reality television, reality Synopsis: At the remote, exclusive Chimera Centre, families of coma patients come from all over the world seeking miracles. When Althea Flores wakes up from a six-month coma, her recovery defies the limits of … Continue reading Caragh M. O’Brien-The Rule of Mirrors