10 January 2012

THE Hamlet

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Faulkner’s The Hamlet is about a family of hicks (The Snopes) living in the boonies of Mississippi in a town called Frenchman’s Bend. The novel kicks off by introducing us …

30 December 2011

Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle

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I don’t tend to like things set in high schools—books, 80’s movies, tv shows, classes, you name it—and we could go into the whys, but what it basically boils down …

08 November 2011

Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune

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I am too old for Percy Jackson. I’m okay with that. But I think it’s important to start off this review with a qualification: Percy Jackson is not Harry Potter, …

18 September 2011

Book Flashback: Good Omens

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This feature sees your intrepid author venturing back into the books that delighted her in the past to see if they still stand up. If you’re a fantasy reader, chances …

12 September 2011

Adaptation Alert: One Day

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The film adaptation of the truly wonderful book One Day, predictably, leaves much to be desired. While the presence of the always sensational Patricia Clarkson (perfectly cast in the pivotal …

03 September 2011

Rachael on Stephen King on Writing

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It’s rare that you get to say a book changed your life and not be talking at least somewhat hyperbolically. It’s even rarer to get to say that about a …

20 August 2011

Ten Thoughts on “A Dance With Dragons”

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(because an actual review would just be scattershot and hard to follow) 10. It turns out I really like the actual kingdom of Westeros. One of my problems with this …

09 August 2011

The Help

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I am happy to admit I indulge in the time-honored tradition of hurrying to read a book before a movie comes out. I’d like to think that I DON’T do …

24 July 2011

A Dance with Dragons, Interrupted

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Rachael, you say, after post after post in breathless anticipation of A Dance With Dragons, how is it possible that you’ve yet to say anything about the latest in George …

15 July 2011

City of the Ick Factor

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One of the unfortunate side effects to being addicted to young adult literature, particularly of the Sci Fi-Fantasy variety is you occasionally get sucked into a story that the whole …

05 July 2011

Quick Hits: Memoir Edition

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I have a passion for both memoirs and religious stories, so it seemed like Mennonite in a Little Black Dress was written for me. Yet the overall narrative left me …

20 June 2011

MyBookshelf: Quick Hits

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Welcome to a new recurring feature over here at MyBookshelf. Quick Hits is a monthly feature that will allow us at MyBookshelf to share a little bit about some books …

11 January 2011

This Rough Magic

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The longest-tenured Artistic Director in the history of The Stratford Shakespeare Festival was an eccentric former actor famous for temper tantrums and stage fright. As a director, he staged some …

22 December 2010

One Day

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One of the year’s most successful literary offerings, One Day by David Nicholls is so much more than chick lit. The story of Emma and Dexter is hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant …

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