book review

On the Shelf: @DarkHorseComics Moby Dick (Graphic Novel) by Chabouté

Raise your hand if you’ve read the novel Moby Dick by Melville and got lost three pages in. Yup, that’s me too. Maybe this was because someone was reading it out loud to me, but let’s admit, Moby Dick is one intense classic. Even though the style of writing is beautiful and poetic, there’s just a lot of words, and for a reader like me who has a pretty short attention span, lots of wordy scenes that don’t necessarily make sense as soon as my eyes []

On the Shelf: Review of Song of the Sending by Corinne O’Flynn

Review by S. M. Metzler Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Well, don’t. It’s not healthy. When I received in the mail a paperback copy of indie-published Song of the Sending by Corrine O’ Flynn, I just walked around for a while just looking at the front cover. It’s beautiful; I’ve always loved blue-dominant art. Interestingly enough, I eventually decided to sit down and read it. Surely, I thought, if the author had put so much time into such a pretty, []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights.” Really? Alright then, let’s give this a shot: Lumos. Yep. That made things better. The Harry Potter books and J.K. Rowling’s world of magic has a way of doing that. Not only are they exceptionally well-written books, but they tell beautiful stories of friendship and bravery that are not easily forgotten.  When things are Harry-Potter-less and dark, just whip out these books and say, []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I don’t know about you, but there are some days that I really don’t want to listen to people talk. In a world where everyone is communicating (be it by mouth, phone, or social media), but where few are saying anything worthwhile, sometimes I just need a little bit of quiet. Many days I don’t want to hear the constant stream of nonsense that issues forth from people’s mouths. And I most certainly wouldn’t want to be able to hear whatever nonsense is []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

As a reader and writer of Fantasy, I’ve been bombarded with “rules” that need to be followed in Fantasy genre. Don’t use prologues. They’re of the devil. Never open with description. That’s dreary. Don’t use the word “was.” We’ll hunt you down and hang you for crimes against the writing world. I’ve never really liked any of these rules, mostly because I don’t like rules in general. They make things boring. That’s why, when I opened The Name of the Wind by Patrick []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of Resonance by S. Alex Martin

Okay guys, listen up. I want to tell you about a book. I know I tell you about a book every other week, but this one is special. So stop what you’re doing and listen. Ready? *cracks knuckles* *pulls up chair* *takes a sip of chai tea* Let’s go. You may remember that I reviewed the novel Embassy, book 1 of the Recovery series by S. Alex Martin, a couple months ago. Well, the author sent me an advanced reader’s copy of the []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Hello everyone! I’m bringing you this Great American Blogpost to you via my mother’s computer. Mine has decided it hates me and lets me type exactly two and a half sentences before freezing for 32.58 minutes. My brother kindly offered to let me use his computer, but the ‘L’ and ‘O’ keys won’t work for me. I didn’t think yu guys wud enjy reading a pst with speing ike this, so I’m braving my mom’s laptop (thanks, Mom!) to bring you this post. []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of The Martian by Andy Weir

Raise your hand if you think you could survive a plane crash on a deserted island. Most of you probably think you could…I mean, we’ve all seen Lost and Castaway. We know the drill. Catch some fish, light a fire by rubbing some sticks together – though that’s actually a lot harder than it looks, in case you’re not nerdy enough to have tried before – and try to flag down a ship. That’s not so bad. Raise your hand if you []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of Wool by Hugh Howey

Technically, Wool by Hugh Howey is not a novel and thus doesn’t really fit into the ‘novel notions’ category. But I’m going to make it fit because I enjoyed it so immensely. It should, in fact, go into the novelette pigeonhole. What exactly is a novelette? It’s a story that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novella (a novella = a short book). I can’t even type this with a straight face. I have no idea who came up with []