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Booking It: “The Color of Magic”

By Gabrielle Owens

April 21, 2017

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Terry Pratchett was a masterful writer. His books are full to bursting with wit, riotous plots, engaging action, absurdly entertaining characters, social commentary, comedy and most of all a light-hearted joy that is all too rare...

Booking It: Song of Achilles

By Gabrielle Owens

March 23, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences, Showcase

Achilles. One of the most famous heroes in all mythology. He’s a hero of Homer’s Iliad, and he’s one of the most instantly recognizable names from Greek mythology. His fabled “Achilles heel” remains a colloquial expres...

Booking It: Swordspoint

By Abigail Walton

March 2, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Written in 1987, Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner is an intimate fantasy novel set in a renascence world – a world full of swordsmen and challenges, nobles and intrigue, jewels and assassinations. The stunning opening line, “Let...

Booking It: Welcome to Night Vale

By Gabrielle Owens

February 24, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

“A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.” These are the words that launched the now internationally...

Booking It: Half Bad

By Abigail Walton

February 17, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Dark and twisted in its portrayal of a feud between Black and White witches, Half Bad by Sally Green has been sold in 42 countries, and the film rights were snatched up almost instantly by Fox Entertainment Group after its pu...

Booking It: The Looking Glass Wars

By Gabrielle Owens

January 27, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Alice in Wonderland has been done a thousand different ways. From the original fantastical children’s book to Disney’s version to Tim Burton’s strange 2010 movie, we have a rich selection of Wonderlands to explore, all of t...

Booking It: Winger

By Abigail Walton

January 20, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Before you all freak out about the 14-year-old protagonist in Andrew Smith’s novel Winger, as I did, I should point out that this book is a breath of fresh air in the Young Adult section. Now, I normally stay far away from thi...

Booking It: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Gabrielle Owens

December 9, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

If mystery and suspense are your genres of choice, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a must-read. A tense, unpredictable novel with frightening characters and a crafty plot, this book has become an international...

Booking It: The Stratford Man

By Abigail Walton

December 2, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

It takes a certain kind of daring to make the main characters of your novel two of the most gifted writers in history: William Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe (more commonly known to us as Christopher Marlowe). Yet author Elizabeth...

Booking It: Good Omens

By Gabrielle Owens

November 18, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

We may be past Halloween, but Good Omens is good reading any time of the year. Written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett back before either of them were famous, this novel is a hilarious story about the apocalypse and the eter...

Booking It: Carry On

By Abigail Walton

November 13, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Rainbow Rowell’s new novel, Carry On, takes place at Watford, a magical school hidden in Scotland for wizards living in the United Kingdom. The protagonist is 18-year-old Simon Snow, an orphan who grew up among the “normals”...

Booking it: The Tragedy of Arthur

By Gabrielle Owens

November 4, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

There are four Arthurs in The Tragedy of Arthur: the author, Arthur Phillips; the narrator, also Arthur Phillips; the narrator’s father, Arthur Edward Harold Phillips; and the legendary King Arthur of Britain. While this nov...