Archive for December, 2009

Title: Graffiti Girl Author: Kelly Parra Publisher: MTV Year published: 2007 Spoilers: Yes, many. Recommended: This is a tough one. I think a younger reader (someone who’s actually in the YA bracket), especially one who’s hungry for Latino stories & protagonists, stories about artists, or unusual coming-of-age tales would enjoy this, but it really didn’t […]

Title: LIAR Author: Justine Larbalestier Publisher: Bloomsbury Year published: 2009 Recommended: Yes, to just about everyone, with the warning that you’ll end up with many questions and no clear answers at the end—but that’s the point. Spoilers: No, and you should avoid them at all costs. Like many others, I first heard of this book […]

Dockers has rolled out this new advertising campaign: I’ll give you a moment to read through the whole thing. Now, I can’t be the only one who has a hard time thinking of khakis as rugged and manly, and I’m even willing to go as far as to say that this might have been intended […]

Title: Beggars in Spain Author: Nancy Kress Publisher: Eos Year Published: 1993; my edition, 2004 Other Info: The original novella won the Hugo and Nebula awards. Spoilers: Some; the major one preceded with a warning. Recommended: Yes, if you like your science fiction with some crunchy biology and political philosophy, wrapped in major world events, […]

Title: Ship of Fools Author: Richard Paul Russo Publisher: Ace Year published: 2001 Other info: Won the 2001 Philip K Dick Award. Recommended: Yes, to those who’d like to see religion (specifically a futuristic Catholicism) treated with respect but not blind endorsement, those who don’t mind a lack of answers, and those who are comfortable […]