These posts are about works of fiction that will most likely be enjoyed by children in their teens and into the early years of adulthood.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
— Stephen King
Do you wan the bottom line up front? Here it is: This is an island-hopping, all canons firing, sword clashing, walk-the-plank kind of good time. Continue reading Where Ye be hidin’ yur chest-o-gold, Mate?
This book has been on my shelf for years. I’ve been meaning to read it, and I’m glad that I finally did. It was a pleasant adventure, far from Earth, dealing with a bizarre dilemma. Continue reading Don’t Shoot! I promise I’m not a spy. Ok, you got me. I am.
Timothy Zahn is definitely one of my favorite authors. He loves to explore a wide variety of topics in his science fiction novels. In The Sibyl’s War trilogy, he explores the question: “What if there was an alien ship, controlled by an ancient AI, that was then captured by space pirates who abducted people from all over the galaxy and made them fight each other to see if they would make good slave soldiers or not?” Continue reading The spaceship was an alien zoo controlled by an A.I.
Exciting News! The audiobook version of The Watcher’s Realm is now available for your listening pleasure on Audible! Narrated by none other than yours truly. Continue reading Book 2 of The Nutcracker Trilogy is Now Available on Audible!
I’ve had my sights set on this book for a long time. My wife, Kara, read it years ago (it was published in 2002) and had said that it was a strange concept. Well Timothy Zahn and strange concepts are two of my favorite things, so it was only a matter of time before I picked this one up to read. Manta’s Gift by Timothy Zahn Continue reading Alien First Contact on Jupiter!
waiting for a loving family to adopt them. Instead, it’s a place of physical labor and frequent abuse. But, what are the boys to do? Continue reading An Orphan, a Wizard, and a World of Magic Beyond Belief
I listened to the conclusion of The Aurora Cycle series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s a three-book series consisting of Aurora Rising, Aurora Burning, and Aurora’s End. All three books demonstrate, in my opinion, excellent story-telling skills. It has a plot that isn’t entirely predictable, characters that you learn to love or appreciate, action to keep things popping, and the usual romance. Continue reading A 200-yr old Teenager, a Space Elf, and a Killer-Alien-Plant
Alyssa is an ordinary girl. Smart. Athletic. She shares the concerns of the average teenage girl. Until one day, everything changes. Her home in Southern California is frequently impacted by drought, so it’s not uncommon to hear people talking about water conservation and concern about what the world’s changing climate will mean for California’s water supply. Continue reading Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink…
If you’ve never heard of the The Princess Bride, I don’t know where you’ve been. I, like most, I’m sure, was first introduced to ThePrincess Bride in movie form. In fact, it is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve had the unfortunate luck however, that I’ve bought the movie on DVD four times over the course of several years, and each time, the DVD works only part of the way through the movie. What in the world? What does the universe have against me finishing this movie?! I think the time has come for me to purchase… Continue reading Inconceivable!
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