21 January 2009
12 January 2009
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ross MacDonald. Children's Nonfiction, 3rd grade to adult (more like a graphic novel).
What nerdy kid doesn't dream of being strong, good-looking, invincible, and good with the girls? Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were no different. These two boys from the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland created Superman 70 years ago. And he is still going strong.
This book has excellent retro graphics as are appropriate and the text puts the reader in the shoes of these hopeful youngsters who are marketing their Superman product.
If you have a budding artist or writer in your family, this would be a good gift book.
05 January 2009
Wilkins ties in traditional Russian folk lore with a contemporary story about people who are thrust into the magical Russian alternate world of old. She weaves historical figures like Rasputin and Anastasia and folk characters like Baba Yaga in with a modern film maker, a historian, and a Russian Canadian secretary. I found this to be very enjoyable and I was not familiar with any of the Russian folk lore except for Baba Yaga, so that was all original. There are two brief sex scenes, but they aren't particularly graphic and they make sense from the folk lore and plot point.
Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales edited by Lester Del Rey and Risa Kessler. Adult Fantasy Short Stories. DONE.
This is another pleasant escapist book. By modern they just mean recently written, not set in contemporary times. Here I am using the word Adult to mean written for adults. There is nothing pornographic here and it isn't particularly violent and is pretty much non-offensive. Teens and children older than 9 or so could also enjoy this book. Like other anthologies, say Legends edited by Robert Silverberg, this book may introduce readers to authors they would like to further read. This is a good marketing tactic by Del Rey.
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I don't know how this book would fit in to their criteria. There is a very brief discussion about God, but it is not emphasized.
Certainly, if you wish to read this book you can and I won't think any less of you, but personally I don't want to read more books like this because it leaves me feeling dirty. (Yes, we did read Kite Runner which had equally gory parts, and the Shack, which had a murder, so I know I am being somewhat hypocritical here).
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Personally, I don't really care what is in the mind of a murderer because I don't want to think that way, but, again, I certainly don't want to say that others can't read this book. Don't let me be accused of book banning, I just want to warn you this is not a Murder She Wrote kind of nice crime book.