I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Dostoevsky did not write many short stories so this is a rare gem. This is a very, very good short story narrated excellently. It is dark, surprising, touching, and real. A real bargain at a buck (don’t waste a full credit).
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a really excellent fantasy for everyone who still has a child within. The narration (by the author) is perfect and adds much to the experience. Although not as good as Through the Looking Glass, it is pretty darn good. I enjoyed the characters, the subtle humor and lyric prose. Although slightly dark the spirit is bright and comforting. I wish my daughter was eight years old again. This would make a nice continuing bed time story.
The Book Thief is rather light reading considering it is about death and life in Nazi German during WWII. The narrator is a mildly funny and likable Death who is being overworked by the massive carnage of WWII yet is lovingly careful with each of his human consignments and is hauntingly interested in a few of the living. The protagonist is a young girl growing up with a foster family during the horrors of war and adolescence. The Book Thief seems written for young teens, but is good enough for adults to share with their kids. If you start this, do finish it. The ending is, by far, the most powerful aspect of the book and is worth the prior, less powerful, bits. For a young person this is a compelling and heartwarming and heart wrenching, but not overwhelming, story of war and death and genocide. The narration if quite strong and clear, adding an enjoyable expressiveness to the characters. I liked this book, but did not love it.
I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.
Bloody Jack read by Katherine Kellgren is a perfect matching of story and reader, for Kellgren IS Jack, the orphan girl who leaves her gang of London guttersnipes, cuts her hair and puts on boy's clothes, and joins the HMS frigate man-o-war The Dolphin as one of its new ship's boys and then experiences and learns more than she could have imagined about the sea, sailors, friendship, death, love, music, gender, and herself. As Kellgren reads Jack's narration, she convincingly changes her voice to suit the various characters who appear, among them cockney boys, Irish salts, lordly captains, pedantic Americans, French pirates, Jamaican merchants, and more. The story is fast-paced, savory, exciting, funny, and involving. The terrible sides of human nature are in evidence, too, including snobbishness, bullying, rape, and war. And Kellgren is there every step of the way, enhancing L. A. Meyer's prose with her enthusiasm and understanding. I'm looking forward to more of Jack Faber's sea adventures.