The short: 4/5 ✦. A novel of the magical realism genre that deals with very real human issues of a dysfunctional family.
The short: 3.5/5 ✦. A classic novel of the detective noir variety, with atmosphere aplenty, though subpar in plot.
“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson
The short: 4/5 ✦. A mouse-centric version of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. Tiny magnifying glass not included.
Mrs. Weasley: Promise me you’ll look after yourself . . . stay out of trouble . . .
Harry Potter: I always do, Mrs. Weasley. I like a quiet life, you know me.
— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The short: 3.5/5 ✦. An impressive, well-crafted novel that somehow misses the mark of inspiration.
“I still say, ‘Shoot for the moon; you might get there.'”
— Buzz Aldrin
The short: 3.5/5 ✦. This book is another sassy romp through Camp Half-Blood, this time with the egomaniacal Apollo, spectacular god now turned spotty human.
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
The short: 4/5 ✦. A simply beautiful book with incredible, Grimm-inspired stories about the Peculiar world.