The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
Review: I bought this book on the recommendation of the staff of Powell’s Books on a trip to Portland. (If you are ever in Portland, you have got to check out this awesome, city-block sized bookstore.) This fantasy novel about magic and good fighting evil is the start of a series. The plot was a little slow to start but it was mostly because Mr. Jobin was explaining the interesting world that he created. However, once the action started, it was an adventure. And yet, the best part of this novel was that it was absolutely excellently written. The imagery was vivid and the language was beautiful, almost lyrical at times.
Another in my occasional series re-reading books from my childhood…
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Review: I remember this book very fondly. It was one of the many Newberry award-winning books I read as a kid. Being written in 1922, some of the language is old-fashioned but I would say that it holds up exceedingly well. It is still well-written and an entertaining adventure. It’s hard for me to read the book without picturing Rex Harrison (from the 1967 film) as Dr. Dolittle but it doesn’t necessarily hinder my enjoyment of the story.
The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott
Review: A fast-paced, adventurous romp. Mr. Abbott’s first entry into a new YA series reminded me of Dan Brown’s historical mysteries. It has evil secret societies, historical treasures, guardians of secret codes and European settings. I was really pleased with this little gem that I might never have found without Amazon Books of the Month.