Archive for July, 2006

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

A tale of forbidden love, this is set in the Australian Outback and takes place in early 1900’s through the 1960s.  Ralph de Bricassart is a priest who aspires to Rome and the Vatican.  Meggie is the only daughter of a family who he is sworn to take care of in the will of a rich, spiteful woman.  An attraction grows between them that threatens everything. 

This was the basis for a hugely successful miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward.

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Anansi Boys

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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The sequel to “American Gods”, the story stars “Fat” Charlie, who all of a sudden has to deal with a brother who shows up at his door to show Charlie how to have fun just like their father.  Oh yeah, did I mention that their father was Anansi, a trickster god?

Enders game by Orson Scott Card

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Ender’s Game is a great science fiction novel.  Ender Wiggin is recruited by the world government for “training” to fight the alien “buggers”.  This first novel in a long running series follows Ender as he engages in training simulations and interacts with the other recruits.  A very good read.

The rest of the series of Ender books currently published, or upcoming:*

  • Speaker for the Dead
  • Xenocide
  • Children of the Mind
  • Ender’s Shadow
  • Shadow of the Hegemon
  • Shadow Puppets
  • First Meetings (Short Stories)
  • Shadow of Giants
  • A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
  • Ender in Exile
  • Shadows in Flight (Upcoming)

*Source: Wikipedia (October 5, 2010)

I found that the series as a whole was fast paced and exciting.  I usually don’t like to read series books because I can’t stand the suspense of waiting in between book releases, but this series I had to swallow up as fast as I could.  Highly recommended for science fiction fans.

You can also check out the Ender’s comics/Graphic Novels.

Reviewed by: Angie