Category: brief reviews

Around the World Update

Posted August 19, 2020 by Lory in brief reviews, challenges / 15 Comments
Around the World Update

How’s it going with my Reading All Around the World project? At the beginning of the year, I was really inspired and read more than my goal of one per month. Lately I’ve drifted away from these international reads, but I’d really like to get back to them. Here’s the list so far — in […]

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Summer Shorts

Posted July 28, 2019 by Lory in brief reviews / 14 Comments
Summer Shorts

My attention span this month is not up to long reviews, but I did read some notable books  that I’d like to mention at least briefly. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood Going in with high expectations for this generally acclaimed retelling of The Tempest, I found it disappointing. Re-setting Shakespeare’s tale of captivity, revenge, and freedom […]

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Dover Newbery Library

Posted October 28, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
Dover Newbery Library

These books were received from the publisher for review consideration. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. A while ago, I posted about some of the wonderful reprints available from Dover Publications. I’ve had several more sitting on my shelf for some time, and now I’ve finally gotten around to […]

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Jungian explorations

Posted August 26, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 11 Comments
Jungian explorations

During a previous era of my life I became interested in Jungian psychology. I think it started after college when I fell in love with the novels of Robertson Davies, which reflect his own interest in the work of the Swiss psychologist. (One of them, The Manticore, is even based around the main character’s sessions […]

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Vacation reading: Two duds and a winner

Posted August 12, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews, reviews / 33 Comments
Vacation reading: Two duds and a winner

As promised, I took along some newer books on vacation recently, and managed to finish three of them. Alas, two were not much fun to read, but the last was as entertaining as I’d hoped! Read on to find out which one… The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss had a premise […]

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New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

Posted January 31, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

This season, three fantasy masters have story collections out from Tachyon Publications — a splendid opportunity to feast yourself on a rich assortment of weird, funny, whimsical, lyrical, dark, thought-provoking tales that beautifully explore the full range of our imaginative landscape. If any of these are among your favorite authors, you will surely want to […]

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Around the World project so far

Posted December 10, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 20 Comments
Around the World project so far

This project is an open-ended one, with the intention to read books from or about at least fifty different countries of the world. Here’s what I read this year so far: War Diaries by Astrid Lindgren (Sweden) – January 2017 I Was a Stranger by John Hackett (Netherlands) – January 2017 Bronze and Sunflower by […]

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Will I experience the life-changing magic?

Posted November 22, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 40 Comments
Will I experience the life-changing magic?

A couple of years ago, when The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo was all the rage, I scoffed at it without having read it, largely because of what I thought was her impossible advice for tidying books (maintain a library of 30 books maximum, and keep them in a closet). However, now […]

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Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Posted November 15, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 13 Comments
Great Gifts from the Folio Society

If you’re looking for a really special gift for a book-lover in your life, the Folio Society has some fabulous offerings. Here’s a glimpse at some of my favorites from their newest list. East of Eden, the great American novel by John Steinbeck, is a marvelous evocation of a particular place (the Salinas Valley in […]

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