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?
What is it about superheroes that fascinates us?
"Mathilda Savitch" is the debut novel for playwright and poet Victor Lodato, where he introduces us to a young girl named Mathilda and her coming-of-age struggles.
A few weeks ago, I reviewed a wonderful book, "The Wednesday Letters" by Jason F. Wright. It was a story about the bonds of family, the enduring strength of love and the power of forgiveness.
It's hard to define what exactly is the genre for Jasper Fforde's latest novel, "Shades of Grey."
Most people these days don't give much thought to one of the most fundamental language resources that we have used all of our lives: the dictionary. With the Internet at our fingertips, searching for the proper words and their definitions has never been faster or easier. But when I was young, the dictionary was one of the staple books that every household had, along with the encyclopedia. I never had the appreciation for the centuries ...
All I knew was for this Off the Shelves review, I wanted to read something good. Something inspiring or at least insightful.
This week's book review started with a simple curiosity, as do most of my selections for Off the Shelves critiques.
With all the stress of shopping, decorating, traveling and just making time to enjoy the holiday season, one can see why we are drawn to Christmas stories that make us feel good. The most memorable holiday movies, television specials or books are the ones that make us smile and laugh year after year.
Sandra Brown's "Rainwater" is the story of Ella Barron, a single mother living in a small rural town in the 1930s. She runs a boardinghouse while also trying to care for her mentally disabled 10-year-old son, Solly.
Nicholas Spark's latest novel, "The Last Song," is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a father and his children, the love between two young adults from different classes and the struggles that teenagers endure as they grow up, learning to make wiser and less selfish decisions.
Ted Dekker is best known for his best-selling Christian fiction series, The Circle Trilogy, following the adventures of a man from our world who dreams of adventures in an alternate world of magical forests, terrifying demons, and ancient mysteries - or does he truly exist in this "Other World," and only dreams of our world?
I love Halloween. Nothing gets me in the mood for ghosts, ghouls and goblins better than a good scary story, so I wanted to share some of my favorite classic picks.
Most of us are familiar with the classic novel "Pride and Prejudice." It is hailed as one of the greatest romantic stories of the Victorian age, along with other Jane Austen favorites such as "Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma." The journey of the feisty Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with family loyalties, heartbreak and love has been recreated as various film and theater adaptations over the decades. Yet only Seth Grahame-Smith thought to himself while ...
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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