Lucas and his daughter have never been particularly close. Vera was born when Lucas was just 17, and he’s never really been a part of her life until she became a teenager herself. Now he struggles to be the father he wants to be – not only in Vera’s eyes but also in Katya’s, Vera’s… Continue reading Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe
I think of The Last Unicorn as a grown-up fairy tale. Not because it has sex, violence, or unnecessary grit, but because of its delicious self-awareness and wittiness. The main plot is, perhaps predictably, about a unicorn discovering she may be the last of her kind and setting out to find the rest of the… Continue reading The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
BA5799 is a British soldier fighting a war in an ambiguously Middle Eastern country. The narrative jumps between his time before, during, and after his service, as well as the backstories of some of the people he encounters while abroad. The catch is, this isn’t just his story told by him – it’s told by… Continue reading Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
Every ten years the Dragon takes a girl from the valley. Not to eat, of course – he’s a wizard, not an actual dragon. But that doesn’t change the fact that these girls are gone from their homes for ten years, and when they’re released, they’re not the same. So needless to say no one… Continue reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik
In 2171, humanity has not only colonized the Moon, but also Mars and even a few asteroids. We’ve lived on Mars long enough to be past the frontier-roughing-it-stage and thoroughly entrenched in the political-upheaval stage. Casseia Majumdar is a student at the University of Mars when she and over eighty per cent of the student… Continue reading Moving Mars by Greg Bear
This is small town life – under a magnifying glass. It seems to be a normal October day in Chester’s Mill, Maine when the town is suddenly forcibly seceded from the rest of the world. The Dome appears suddenly, without any fanfare or noise, but the consequences of its appearance are deadly. And even after… Continue reading Under the Dome by Stephen King
Hi! I’m Karen, and I work at an independent bookstore…but not in the book department. And while I am a master of all things trinkets, greeting cards, and jewelry, I also have had a love affair with books that started at the age of three when I got my first library card. Even if I’m… Continue reading Hello!