Recently, my husband and I were watching a documentary about video game players who partake in the online role-playing game, "World of Warcraft." It gives people the chance to take a break from the mundane world to slay monsters, quest for treasure, and explore a majestic fantasy realm (for the fee of about $16 a month).
September 26, 2010|
This week's novel, an enjoyable and humorous fiction entitled The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, is based on the history of the Tower of London and of the live animal gifts given to the Queen over the decades.
This is a book that I have been wishing to read for a while. Sarah Addison Allen, author of popular books including "The Sugar Queen" and, most recently, "The Girl Who Chased the Moon," writes stories focusing on Southern women and their emotional struggles, mixing in whimsical, fairy-tale imagery. In particular, Allen weaves in themes involving the mystical or healing properties of food, tying what the characters eat directly to their emotions and dreams. Since I recently started in on my own gardening experiment to raise healing plants (sadly, even my chamomile, which is supposed to be fairly indestructible, succumbed ...
One of the best feelings I can get after finishing a book is that moment of regret, when you realize the narrative journey you have been taking for a few weeks is now over and the enjoyment that you've been having has to come to an end (at least until you find your next good read).
This book review came about completely by accident. That is, I never thought I would have picked up the book "Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matthew B. Crawford, let alone review it. It looked like one of those "guy only" books, a philosophical essay by a mechanic/electrician about the general misconceptions of working in a manual trade, and comparing it to cubicle culture, which nowadays is more widely accepted as the more "legitimate" means of making a living.
An unusual "superpower" is as the center of Aimee Bender's "Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," in which 9-year-old Rose discovers she can "taste" the true emotions of people through the food that they cook.
I have always had a great respect for teachers. The reason I love reading and writing today was because I had good teachers when I was growing up - educators who exposed me to many different kinds of books and taught me the beauty of language and imagination.
It can be difficult for an author to effectively write from the point of view of a character who has handicaps or ailments the author never had. Even if someone spends time with people who are the inspiration for the character's traits, how can one write about something he or she can never truly experience?