Book Review: Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey

Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey Hardcover: 9780446198035, $26.99, Grand Central Publishing (Hachette)Paperback: 9780446198042, $7.99, Grand Central Publishing (Hachette)Naamah's Kiss is the first book in the third trilogy in the fantasy world created by Jacqueline Carey. The first trilogy followed the as yet unsurpassed story involving Phedre and Joscelin, Terre d'Ange, Kushiel's blessing/curse, and the fate of the … Continue reading Book Review: Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey

Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soullessby Gail Carriger 9780316056632, $7.99, Orbit (Hachette)The subtitle says it all, really: A Novel of Vampires, Werewolves, and Parasols. I thought, No, not really, this can't possibly be as witty and engaging as I want it to be. But then I began reading, and to my great surprise and eternal delight, it was! Alexia Tarabotti … Continue reading Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlHardcover: 9780316042673, Hachette, $17.99Lena Duchannes is forever the new girl in town, jumping from place to place to conceal her power and the curse on her family. Ethan Wate is forever a townie, determined to leave yet fated to always be a part of Gatlin, South Carolina. Lena longs … Continue reading Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Societyby Trenton Lee Stewart, illustrated by Carson Ellis  Hardcover: 9780316057776, Little, Brown (Hachette), $17.99Paperback: 9780316003957, Little, Brown, $6.99This post was originally published here in March 2008. This version on Afterthoughts... has been edited from the original post.I just finished a book called The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.First of all, … Continue reading Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Gift of Reading Club Selections: April 2010

Ever have one of those "duh" moments when you wonder why it took you so long to think of that simple, yet brilliant, idea?Each month at the Odyssey Bookshop, I hand-select books for children signed up for our Gift of Reading Program. Usually a family member or close family friend signs up the child (age … Continue reading Gift of Reading Club Selections: April 2010

David Foster Wallace Vocabulary

Thanks to @kentmeusemarian for today's post! (Follow me on Twitter: @rebf)David Foster Wallace was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer, whose most famous work, Infinite Jest, was included in Time magazine's All-Time 100 Greatest Novels list.Hardcover: 9780316920049, Little, Brown & Co., $35Paperback: 9780316066525, Little, Brown & Co., $17.99In his work, he had much … Continue reading David Foster Wallace Vocabulary

The Making of Cover Art for Gail Carriger’s Blamless

On the Odyssey Bookshop blog, two posts (1, 2) introduced my love for the Parasol Protectorate Series, as they're known - three books (so far) starring the sexy, sassy, soulless Alexia Tarabotti, written by Gail Carriger. Even if you haven't begun the steampunk, supernaturally-inclined series set in Victorian London, you can still appreciate the design … Continue reading The Making of Cover Art for Gail Carriger’s Blamless