Posts from the ‘Adventure’ Category

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

“One of my most recent favorite books is Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.  Diana Gabaldon makes an unbelievable situation believable when a post-World War II married British nurse, Claire Randall, unknowingly slips through “the stones,” a time portal in Scotland. Dumbfounded and alone in a strange time,  Claire struggles to stay safe, warm and fed in the Highlands during a violent time of clan rivalry.  Thrust into a moral dilemma through the act of a forced marriage, she tries to find her way home to her own time while working out the daily necessities of life and relationships in 18th century Scotland.  At the same time fascinated, repulsed, and homesick, Claire finds herself an “Outsider” because of both her English heritage, and her strange 20th century customs. Things are further complicated when she finds herself with child.   

 

For anyone wanting to get lost in a book, this is the one. I would heartily recommend Outlander to anyone with an interest in fantasy, medicine, history, adventure, women’s issues or romance. Mostly what moved me, though, is the fascinating story of how one woman dealt with a situation beyond her control in a circumstance she didn’t understand, making choices she wasn’t always sure about..  On every level, this book hits the mark.  Diana Gabaldon is truly a master storyteller.”

 

Reviewed by : Barbara

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Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman, et al.

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For my first graphic novel review on the blog, I chose Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman because it has such a profound effect on the DC Universe.  This was first written in 1985, and the purpose was to “clean up” the complicated multiverse that existed as various writers took over different characters.  This is a classic GN, one that I built my personal GN collection around, and was one of the first GN’s that we purchased for the library.  Overall, I think the writing was great, the artwork done in the classic Silver Age style, and the plot fantastic.  I actually read this with just a basic understanding of the DC universe at the time (I knew who Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman were but not really much else) and really enjoyed it.  So I think it’s a good jumping on point for beginners, and an excellent re-read for fans of all ages.

Reviewed by: Angie

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