A few years ago, I reviewed a book called Rogue Touch. I liked the book just fine, but it strayed so heavily from the source material, it rubbed a lot of Rogue fans the wrong way. Recently, I found the time to try Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi. It’s been in my TBR for so long, I forgot it was there. But I’m glad I found it again. The main character isn’t actually Rogue, and the world isn’t that of the X-Men, but it may as well be both. Read on to find out how. Continue reading →
The Lost City of Atlantis, a mermaid, a wizard, time travel, and even a unicorn… Prospero’s Children has something for every fantasy lover. It’s no wonder I found this novel appealing in my youth. But did my love for it endure the test of adulthood? Continue reading →
American Gods is a book by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2001. It is also a television series based on the book which aires on the STARZ network. Both iterations tell the story of Shadow Moon, a felon who is released three days early from prison due to a family tragedy. On the way to the funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a chauffeur, valet, and overall manservant. This encounter sets in motion events in Shadow’s life that are amazing, devastating, tragic, and triumphant. It sends him on a journey of discovery, whether he wants to go or not. In the end, Shadow could end up a hero, a martyr, back in jail, or the King of America.
DC is creeping into all corners of the market by making certain every demographic has as much access to their heroes as possible. Their latest endeavor is a team-up with some of today’s most popular young adult novelists. In DC Icons, the company has created a series of YA novels featuring some of their most popular characters. Each book in the series is written by a different author, whom fans of YA fiction will most likely recognize.
In each book, the main character is not quite a hero, but a teenager on the verge of becoming one. The stories are not origin tales, exactly. However, they are stories that bridge the gap somewhere between the characters’ origin and the stories we’ve already seen of the characters’ later heroics. The books are not connected and the stories do not necessarily follow a specific continuity. The series is a true anthology that allows fans to pick up whichever book interests them most without needing prior knowledge of any of the other books. So far, the series includes four books, with three having already been released. The fourth will be available on March 5 of this year. I’ve read books 1-3 and have the scoop on which ones to check out. Continue reading →
In a world where spores are the modern nukes, the government can only afford to vaccinate so many. Kids and the elderly are vaccinated first, leaving the working-age adults susceptible to the airborne killer. Continue reading →
“I’ll Give You the Sun” is a story told in two parts by twin brother and sister, Noah and Jude. Noah tells the story of their lives as it leads up to an experience that shattered and reshaped their world. Jude tells their story as it unfolded afterward. The narrative jumps back and forth between the two voices and time periods.
It’s a tale as old as film itself: “The book was better. The movie is crap.” I remember hearing these words uttered after Jurassic Park, though at the time, I’d never even heard of Michael Crichton. Continue reading →