Hannah Heath

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: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a novel I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. I was interested in it for three reasons: 1) Its British and I have a thing for British books. 2) The BBC TV series of the same name looked interesting, but I couldn’t watch it without reading the book first….Yeah. I’m one of those people. 3) It has magic and I’ll pretty much read any book that promises me magic. Or dragons. Dragons []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

You know how Star Wars fans like to pretend that certain prequel movies never happened? That’s kind of how I feel about sections of The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. I really liked the first book, The Maze Runner. I thought the movie was pretty awesome, too. Needless to say, The Scorch Trials didn’t quite measure up. It had a lot of good aspects, but then there were other parts that I just try to block from my memory. I did, however, []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

When I heard 20th Century Fox was coming out with a movie based on Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, I was pretty excited. Then I saw the cast and realized that Harry Potter, the Master Vampire from Dracula Untold, Mycroft, Moriarty, and Charles Xavier were all going to be playing parts in it and I got even more excited. And then I saw the trailer: Victor Frankenstein and was suddenly very unexcited. Sure, it’s a cool trailer and I’ll probably end up seeing the []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of Empire Under Siege by Jason K. Lewis

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a fan of books and movies set in Rome. Gladiator is one of my all-time favorite films, but, honestly, give me a story with no-nonsense Roman dudes with gladius’s (swords), red tunics, and battle cries calling for honor and I’ll be happy. This is mostly because I enjoy characters who stand for something – even if that something is a duty to an extremely corrupt country – and are willing to fight for []

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 Unexpected Superhero by Kitty Bucholtz

You know a book is going to be good when its opening line mentions M&Ms. Okay, so that doesn’t happen very often….Actually, it never happens unless you happen to be reading Unexpected Superhero by Kitty Bucholtz. Unexpected Superhero is the kind of novel that defies being shoved into a specific genre. But, for explanatory purposes, I’m going to try and give you an idea of what genres it might go into. Wish me luck. It’s kind of urban fantasy because it’s set in []

Hannah’s Novel Notions: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind that like The Princess Bride, and the kind who don’t. I belong to the first group and, as far as I’m concerned, everyone who’s part of the second group can go jump off the Cliffs of Insanity. Now, as much as I love the movie, this post is not about the movie. It’s about the book: The Princess Bride:  S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, abridged by William []