Last year, I was absorbed in a novel that put a unique perspective on the origins of a literary classic. It gave the reader a glimpse into the mind of the woman who inspired "Alice in Wonderland" by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known to the world as Lewis Carroll.
The most frequent explanation I hear from people who say they don't regularly read books is they don't have time.
If you walk around the main square in downtown Gainesville, you'll come across the art store Frames-You-Nique. Enter this shop and you'll spot displays exhibiting creations by local artists from all walks of life, from paintings to sculptures to self-published books.
While there are eclectic readers out there, most of us tend to read one or two specific genres of books. Naturally we prefer certain topics and styles over others. I usually navigate towards science fiction, fantasy, mainstream fiction or biographies.
Lately, I've been reviewing new releases for Off the Shelves, but one reason that I started writing book reviews was to remind readers to go back and revisit the classics every now and then.
Peanut butter and chocolate. Dinner and a movie. When someone really enjoys two particular things, oftentimes those two things joined together make each other even better.
When was your first time that you witnessed magic?
I believe, as I'm sure many do, that one of the most under appreciated role models in our lives is that of the mother.
Darien Gee's newly released novel, "Friendship Bread," compiles the accounts of the various residents of small town Avalon, Ill., and how they are brought together through an "edible chain letter" called Amish Friendship Bread.
Our world is not a perfect place. If it were, we would always help our fellow man in need without a moment's hesitation, without placing stigmas on those lacking the same privileges and luxuries as we have.
While the Internet allows us access to information and communication worldwide, it is arguable it has also contaminated our ability to interact with others in person. The Internet is a place where we can choose to remain anonymous, and even create imaginative alter-egos. Thus we can live out secret fantasies, speak openly without negative repercussions and share private friendships, even romances, with people that may or may not ...
One of the things I love about writing book reviews is I can encourage people to pick up a literary treasure they would have passed over or never heard about. That is why I feel a little disappointed I'm essentially telling readers not to bother with this week's novel. And it is particularly disappointing that it is from an author whose first novel was such a success and so highly ...
Karen Russell's debut novel, "Swamplandia!," is unlike any story you're familiar with, and it may be an odd literary confection that many readers would have to acquire a taste for. However, once you venture into Russell's mystical menagerie of the Florida Everglades, there is an ecosystem of blossoming prose and vibrant imagination. It all weaves together into a mesmerizing gothic portrait of love, death and the loss of innocence.
"The Lost Gate" by science-fiction master Orson Scott Card is a fairly standard fantasy fable. Thirteen-year-old Danny North discovers he has an unusual magical power that has been outlawed by the mage clans for centuries.
Since this is the beginning of a brand new year, I've taken a little time to think about how glad I am to have survived 2010, and particularly surviving this past holiday season.
I rarely re-read books once I'm finished with them. But every now and then, I come across a published work that not only do I want to revisit, but I feel as if I have to in order to pick up on things I am positive I missed the first read through. One of those books is Volume One of the graphic novel series, "Cursed Pirate Girl." It is written and illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, ...
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