Monday, August 27, 2012
In book six of the chronicles, Eustace and his friend Jill find their way to Narnia when fleeing school bullies. With the help of Aslan and assorted other characters, they travel north to find Prince Rilian to reunite him with his father the ailing King Caspian the Tenth.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Insightful biography that explores Emily Carr's personal and artistic struggles. Details of her studies and time spent in San Francisco and London help the reader understand her quest for a way to capture the essence of the Canadian wilderness on canvas. Her eccentricities and perseverence are endearing and inspiring.
Lucy and Edmund return to the world Narnia with their obnoxious cousin Eustace in tow. Their voyage on the "Dawn Treader" with Prince Caspian and crew is life changing, especially for Eustace.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Although it was originally published sixth, this book is the prequel to the Chronicles of Narnia and introduces characters, setting and events helpful to the reader in understanding the series. It is set in 1900 London and there are autobiographical elements particularly connecting Lewis and Digory Kirke who grows up to become the professor who takes in evacuated children, during World War II, in the successive books.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
.First published in 1887, She defies categorization. It's part Gothic romance and part fantasy of the "Lost World" sub-genre. Set in England and the fictional ancient north African kingdom of Kor this novel explores themes of female authority, evolution and race. Haggard uses name "She-who-must-be-obeyed" to refer to the supernatural Ayesha, a term which is later co-opted by John Mortimer in his Rumpole of the Bailey novels
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Monday, August 06, 2012
The final book in the Hunger Games Trilogy is arguably the most violent as the war between the rebels and the "Capitol" is in full force. With the popularity of the series and the way this novel ends, I can't help but wonder if there will be more books about life in post-apocalyptic Panem.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
A Franciscan monk, Brother Juniper, seeks to find out about the five victims that fell to their deaths when the Bridge of San Luis Rey, an ancient Inca rope bridge, suddenly collapsed. Set in 18th Century Lima, Peru, this novel explores the "direction and meaning in lives beyond the individual's own will".
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Great reference book for Corning collectors and enthusiasts. Brief summary of the history and development of the company and brand. Some photos are of poor quality.
This second book in the Hunger Games trilogy introduces some interesting characters. The relationship between Katniss and Peeta goes through some surprising changes. Some people have told me that this is their favourite book of the trilogy. I'll reserve judgement for now.