Book Review: The Wayward Children Series

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Book 1 of the Wayward Children series, was one of the final books I got out of the library before everything shut down due to pandemic.  And the subsequent books in the series were the very first ones I requested once the library moved to “curbside pick-up” options.  Because this is an amazing series.

The series centers around Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a boarding school for children (or teens, really) who have returned from magical lands.   Stories like Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz focus mainly on the adventure and end when the child gets home.  This series picks up what happens next, when children try to fit back into a world where no one believes their stories of where they’ve been.

I love virtually everything about this series.  It gets a little gruesome for me in spots and I don’t love that – but I love everything else.  The concept is brilliant; I always love stories that take a new angle on something familiar, especially an angle that is somehow both new and obvious.  As soon as it’s said, I don’t know why it hasn’t been thought of before – but it wasn’t.

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Movie Review: The Gerard Butler Phantom

With Nocturne coming out in just a few weeks, you can probably expect a lot of Phantom around here for a while!  Today is no exception, as my review today is of one of the major Phantom of the Opera versions: the 2004 Andrew Lloyd Webber movie, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.  I have mixed feelings about this one – and a theory involving Raoul and unreliable narration to explain everything from strange costume choices to the Phantom’s unstable character…  Enjoy watching!

Video Book Review: Star Wars – The Thrawn Trilogy

Happy Star Wars Day, and May the Fourth be with you!  I may be a Trekkie, but I enjoy a good Star Wars book too, and today I’m offering a video review of what I think are the best: The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.  Celebrate Star Wars Day by watching my review below!


Mini-Book Reviews: What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I’ve been meaning to get more book reviews up recently, but…it doesn’t seem to be happening!  The world is weird right now, and apparently my blogging is going to be weird too.  So today I decided that if videos are what I seem to be achieving right now, I may as well do a kind of video book review overview too.  So here’s a round-up of what I’ve been reading lately, and how the present pandemic is impacting my choices – less dystopia, more Star Trek!

Visit My Bookshelves: Star Trek Edition

I recently gave a tour of my L. M. Montgomery collection, and today I thought I’d invite you to visit another shelf.  I don’t discuss Star Trek as often, but I do have almost as many books!  Check out the video below for some comments on my favorites.  For my Trek fan readers, I’d love to hear about your favorite books too!