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Fernando A. Flores is my new band- meaning he has tapped in to a vibration in his writing which I feel everyone should experience. The world of Tears of the Trufflepig is tethered to the stories we hear from our mythology and twenty-four hour news cycle. This book is connected to both the worlds of our dreams and our reality & lives and breathes smack dab in the center of those two places.
The haunting truths in Adam Falkner's poetry is a place I have returned to on more than one quiet read for comfort. In writing the personal, he reveals the common ground many others may also still walk in silence. Mr. Falkner is a modern American voice in poetry to watch.
The footnotes are half the fun with this book! It's a war of wizards in the court of public opinion for the respectability of magic during the England's war with France. All the magic is organic and ties into historical events at times. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is for fans of historical fiction and fantasy alike.
The re-launch of the popular "Nightwing" title under DC Comics' Rebirth project brought Dick Grayson (once Robin, once Batman, once dead) back into his most emblematic moniker-- Nightwing. At the core of his initial transformation from scaled shorts and pixie boots to a totally 80's deep V and mullet was a divergence from Batman. Since he was a boy, Dick had been operating as a side-kick instead of his own hero. "Better than Batman" brought this concept back in full force, introducing a fresh addition to the 50+ year old character's history. In "Better than Batman," Nightwing is tested as the Raptor, a dear friend of Dick's departed mother, challenges his life with Bruce Wayne and the black and white ideals put upon him by training with the Batman. Dick is caught trusting far too much, and not only does it come to bite him, but it holds an extra venom as he reckons with not only the depths of that betrayal but also the messy consequences of letting his family believe him to be dead. This book is truly a Rebirth for Nightwing, and it is a great read for fans new and old.
You thought Dr. Ian Malcolm was ridiculous before, well here is a whole new side of him! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat as the dinos bite while the humans fight! Also, the T-Rex parents are the cutest and honestly most loving dino parents they could be.
You've seen Spielberg's Dinos rampage, but here you can read their minds as they plot to escape their pens and dine on their fast food! A mix of scientific knowledge of the dinosaurs, with just a splash of Chaos Theory that will keep you coming back for more!
Lalah Delia has an Extraordinary message with insight that will feed your soul. It will help teach you how to channel your energy in your day to day life. With emphasis on empowerment and self awareness. This book is a step forward to enlightenment and living your highest power in your life.
If you only ever read one superhero comic in your life, make it this one. Encapsulating everything wonderful about superheroes and their mythology through a story about the character that started it all - Superman. What if Superman found out he was dying? The results are touching, humorous, and inspiring. With gorgeous art by Frank Quitely and superb writing by Grant Morrison and winner of three Eisner awards - its not to be missed.
This is a beautifully written novel that reads like a selection of short stories, following several generations of a family. The family tree is separated in two during the slave trade, when one of two sisters is captured and brought to America, while the other lives as royalty in Ghana. Each chapter follows a different member of a different generation of the family. You learn more about each character and their history through the telling of other generations' stories. There are many parallels in the tales from each side of the family tree, despite being separated by an ocean. This generational family saga is woven together beautifully. Ultimately, this book demonstrates the way trauma due to colonialism, slavery, and the more recent Jim Crow era are passed on through generations, leading to abuse, addiction, alienation, and anger. Some scenes and imagery are graphic, but they do an excellent job of showing the harsh realities of the slave trade and its lasting effects. It is emotional, thought-provoking, and moving.
Each short story in this collection is distinct from one another but they all share a common thread: the immigrant experience in America. These well-crafted tales of coming of age, coming to terms with oneself and coming to America are stories anyone can appreciate and relate to. With surprising humor on one page and heart-wrenching twists on the next, Viet Thanh Nguyen's short stories are like small meals that will leave you satisfied, but longing to return for more.
It's getting harder to imagine a time before cellphones so one can barely attempt to envision a time before sonar, radar, radio communications or even bullhorns. Enter Mark Twain, the guy you know mostly for the mischievous mishaps of Tom & Huck. Well he's a normal guy who decides to be a steamboat captain and the training he undergoes will help you understand just how adaptable the human mind can be. Through nearly impossible expectation, read along as Mark masters the mighty Mississippi. Delivered with great wit and wisdom, this classic deserves greater recognition. Enjoy!
Sebald's final novel weaves through an intermittent conversation that covers 30 years between an unnamed narrator and the eponymous Austerlitz, during which Austerlitz uncovers the mysteries of his forgotten past. Sebald writes with mesmerizing clarity, and the haunting rhythms of his musical prose sweep the reader into spells of vertigo. The power of memory and the lingering past amplify and resound, finally culminating in the observation that the space between the living and the dead is not as solid as we usually perceive.
I first read this book in elementary school and it was utterly incredible how quickly I disappeared into its depths trying to solve the mystery alongside the colorful cast of unforgettable characters that were almost too absurd to be believable and yet as down to earth as any one of the book's readers. Rediscovering the book years later did nothing to dampen the suspense of the story and I can only hope new readers will fall in love as I did.
Ella Enchanted is a fairytale that everyone should read at some point in their lives. The reader follows alongside a headstrong protagonist who doesn't take nonsense from anyone when she is required to go on a journey to break a curse placed upon her as an infant. Along the way she is joined by an unforgettable cast of beloved characters who will forever live in your heart. Gail Carson Levine has crafted an enjoyable story that everyone will enjoy while also questioning basic societal roles that have been placed upon us. A strong young girl, a magical curse, terrible beasts; what's not to like about it?
A heartfelt book about an inspiring model of wisdom, self-awareness and thoughtful engagement with the world. Storytelling at its best and most inspiring, reminding the reader of what will be required for both survival of life itself and a future of mutuality. An unforgettable cast of characters that will be sure to remain in your mind and influence your thoughts about the world and people around you.
Becoming is an intimate look at Michelle Obama's life. She tells her life story from childhood all the way up to the time that The Obamas leave the White House to the Trumps. This book is both an emotional and fun read. Even if you are not into politics, I think you will be able to find this to be an inspiring and enjoyable read!
I. Love. This. Book. Her philosophy aside, Ayn Rand has the most beautiful way with words. The way she can paint a picture of such a dark and bleak world but do so in such an enthralling way is remarkable. I find she has this way of putting into words that which we've all experienced but perhaps been unable to express-- a very talented writer. This book runs the full gamut of human emotion. If you like dystopian fantasy and striking descriptions, then this is the book for you! As an additional bonus, the story is only 100 pages or so and thus is easily read. It's definitely one of my favorites and I happily encourage everyone to see for themselves why this is the case :).
Though we share 30% of our DNA with eukaryotic organisms, which is a higher percentage than our commonality with the plant kingdom, we know very little about fungi. Thanks to Bio-ambassador, Paul Stamets, our ignorance is rectifying and what a MAGICAL world Paul and his precursors (Valentina Pavlovna and R. Gordon Wasson, Richard Evans Schultes, Mara Sabina et.al.) have discovered! Some of the largest living organisms on the earth, covering vast acres, are Mycelial. But more important is the discovery of how Mycelial networks can redirect nutrients from healthy trees to sick ones to help sustain a symbiotic diversity in old-growth forests. Also, Stamets has founded the first studies on the medicinal use of Oyster Mushrooms in the treatment of HIV patients. Stamets also expounds upon the similarities between Mycelium networks, neural networks, weather formations, galaxy formations and dark matter. His theory is that these similarities are no accident. He argues convincingly for the primacy of the Fungus Kingdom in establishing a habitable Biosphere without which we, as an animal species, would not have arisen. Finally, he has pioneered research into land and water rehabilitation and reclamation using Mushrooms and the results have been spectacular!
In these eight short, but haunting tales, Carmen Maria Machado takes us to the front lines of the battles of womanhood, both internal and external. A woman who takes inventory of past lovers at the end of the world. A simple green ribbon that leaves it's wearer shrouded in mystery. The ghosts we create through our own insecurities. These tales and more await the reader and beckon them in to the lives of the female gender and the violence that their minds and bodies have endured. Their scars are the heart of this book, which takes us to a universe reminiscent of the twilight zone with a dash of modern day horror. Machado marries the essence of myth, reality, power and pain to forge a voice all her own. This book is an otherworldly experience that will leave the reader feeling shaken to their very core. It has all the spine chills and goosebumps of a well crafted ghost story, wrapped up in the veil of unabashed humanity.
This book by modern horror author Paul Tremblay will have you second guessing the characters and yourself for the entirety of the story. Told in shifting perspectives between a young girl, that girl fully grown, and a horror blog writer, A Head Full of Ghosts recounts the tumultuous family drama of a girl who is deeply disturbed and documented by a TV crew for demon posession. Characters are realistic and uniquely complex. A relatively quick read well worth checking out.