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Book Review: The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Book Review: The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Title: The Red Pony Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Puffin Paperback: 95 pages Source: Chicago Public Library OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher’s life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, a hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating…

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Wishlist Wednesday #13: The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender

Wishlist Wednesday #13: The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I’m taking this loosely and sharing books that I can’t wait to read. I’ve been in a short story mood recently, and I’ve heard that some of these stories have elements of magical realism in them, which always intrigues me. I’m definitely looking forward to grabbing a copy of this…

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Book Review: Unbound by Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake

Book Review: Unbound by Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake

Title: Unbound Authors: Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake Publisher: Eos Paperback: 358 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Story 1: Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison – Pixy Jenks faces murderous dryad locked inside statue Story 2: Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost – Bones, faces New Orleans ghouls who eat victims alive – horror Story 3: Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson – JJ superhero has illicit affair with Shadow agent Solange Story 4:…

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Book Review: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

Book Review: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

Title: The Door in the Hedge Author: Robin McKinley Publisher: Firebird Paperback: 224 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel’s seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to…

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Book Review: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Book Review: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Title: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner Hardcover: 495 pages Source: Chicago Public Library OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as…

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Book Review: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

Book Review: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

Title: Bream Gives Me Hiccups Author: Jesse Eisenberg Publisher: Grove Press Hardcover:  273 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary L.A. to the dormrooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his…

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Book Review: M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

Title: M is for Magic Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Hardcover: 260 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Stories to delight, enchant, and surprise you. Bestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers – but always embrace the unexpected. Collection includes: “The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds,” “Troll Bridge,” “Don’t Ask Jack,” “How to Sell the Ponti Bridge,” “October in the Chair,” “Chivalry,” “The…

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Book Review: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Title: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: William Morrow Hardcover: 310 pages Source: Purchased Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things–which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume. In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to…

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Audiobook Review: Danger in the Dark by L. Ron Hubbard

Audiobook Review: Danger in the Dark by L. Ron Hubbard

Title: Danger in the Dark Author: L. Ron Hubbard Narrators: Karen Black, R.F. Daley, Christina Huntington, Jim Meskimen, Gino Montesinos, Noelle North, and Josh R. Thompson Duration: 2 hours Publisher: Galaxy Audio Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Explore this fantastic tale. After Billy Newman strikes gold while mining in the Philippines, he believes Lady Luck favors him so much that he buys his own South Seas island for a bargain price . . . or so he thinks.  But when the natives fall…

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Book Review: Steel and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

Book Review: Steel and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

Title: Steel and Other Stories Author: Richard Matheson Publisher: Tor Paperback: 320 pages Source: Goodreads FirstReads Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high-tech.  Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots.   And former champions of flesh-and-blood are obsolete . . . . Richard Matheson’s classic short story is now the basis for Real Steel, a gritty, white-knuckle film starring Hugh Jackman.  But “Steel,” which was previously filmed as a powerful episode…

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