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November 25, 2008, 10:56 AM

Let me say first thing that this is one of the more enjoyable books I've read. Ever.  Yes, I know, I tend to squee about almost everything, but Neverwhere really has all of the elements that has made Potter one of my favorites. It's a solid hero myth that takes place in modern London... sort of.  It has another reluctant hero who accomplishes... well, maybe he doesn't save the universe, but he does a lot more than he ever would have expected himself to do.   Gaiman, Neil....

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The Bean Trees

September 26, 2008, 03:48 AM

The Bean Trees Review Perhaps I shouldn't have promised that I would start with Jo's favorite books.  Perhaps I should have acknowledged that I would read those books, but that knowing myself, I would get sidetracked by a million more in the meantime.  Oops. This definitely isn't a novel that I was planning to recommend in this blog.  I mean, what could the tale of a woman starting a cross-country trip to find herself, illegal immigrants, and accidental motherhood have to do with...

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August 24, 2008, 03:13 PM

I picked Coraline up because it was compared on the back of the book to Alice in Wonderland, which I love. And ultimately I agree - the tale has very much of a Looking Glass quality to it, in particular.  However, my impression is equally that it reads like a Tim Burton movie.  Seriously, if I could mail him my copy and get him to make a movie similar to Nightmare Before Christmas out of it, I'd send him ten of them just to make sure he had enough room to make notes.  It's just...

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I Capture the Castle

August 17, 2008, 02:26 AM

Hey all!  Sorry this reply was more than a little tardy... I was a little caught up in this little vampire book that came out. I drove to NYC for that one... and then decided to drive to Chicago, too, and stay for part of this other little thing for some other books.  You may have heard about them.  So I've not been around my computer very much of late, but that isn't the norm and I'll be back to updating quickly as of today. :) I thought it only appropriate that my first blog...

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In case you've been in the cupboard under the stairs and missed it...

July 26, 2008, 03:37 PM

I know I said that my first several blogs would be the works that Jo loves and is influenced by, but I'm just a little bit TOO antsy to let this one sit for a month or two.  So, I Am A Big Fat Liar.  Sorry about that.  Meyer, Stephenie.  Twilight.  New York: Hatchette, 2005. I must admit - it will be a little hard to review Twilight objectively because I am completely enamored with at least two characters in this series. Or three. Possibly more than that.  The first...

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Curiouser and Curiouser!

July 11, 2008, 03:54 AM

Hey everybody! Or at least, hey to the small contingent of everybody who has decided to read my little cubby of the Potterverse. :) Given the opportunity, I'm planning to yak your ear off about one of my three passions: BOOKS! (I'm not really capable of relating the other two to Rowling's work, unfortunately). I know that I'm not the only one who has been wondering what other books could be almost as enthralling as these, and in my own hunt I've found some seriously cool works. Like the severely...

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Name: mlwl
LeakyName: mlwl
House: Ravenclaw

Don't we all wonder what to read next? I'm going to sort that out for you (or, at least for me) while I review the books that people suggest follow Potter and the best ones I've found in the meantime. OK, so maybe it's just another excuse to read rabidly, but I do hope you'll find some books you'll love in the meantime. Why am I so desperate to share these finds with you? I've been a high school English teacher for about five years, a leaky staffer for two, and an ACT/SAT pro for one; now I'm headed to graduate school full time to become a librarian. My passion for great literature and introducing it to people who'd love it feels like a job I can't give up on - even when it doesn't pay a dime.