Author Archives: Teresa

The Fountain Overflows

So this week has inadvertently turned into book swap week. On Wednesday, Jenny reviewed Tooth and Claw, which I asked her to read this year, and today I’m reviewing one of her choices for me, The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca … Continue reading

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The King Must Die

You’ve probably heard the story. Fourteen young Athenians, seven boys and seven girls, are sent to Crete as tributes to King Minos. There they will be placed in a labyrinth with the fearsome Minotaur, the half-human half-bull son of Queen … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Historical Fiction, Speculative Fiction | 17 Comments

The Blackhouse

On the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s outer Hebrides, the abandoned blackhouses are useful for private trysts, but the 16-year-olds we meet in the prologue of this novel by Peter May don’t find the kind of privacy they seek when … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Mysteries | Tagged | 14 Comments

The Empathy Exams

Why do so many of our favorite stories involve extreme suffering? What’s the value for us in watching others’ pain? I wonder this about myself sometimes. Jude the Obscure is, after all, among my favorite books, and I enjoy reading … Continue reading

Posted in Nonfiction, Short Stories/Essays | 10 Comments

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Sometimes, Gansey forgot how much he liked school and how good he was at it. But he couldn’t forget it on mornings like this one—fall fog rising out of the fields and lifting out of the mountains, the Pig running … Continue reading

Posted in Children's / YA Lit, Fiction, Speculative Fiction | 6 Comments

Thomas Hardy

I was irrationally worried when I started reading Claire Tomalin’s biography of Thomas Hardy. You see, Hardy is my favorite writer, and I didn’t want to find out he was terrible, that he kicked puppies or something. Generally, I don’t … Continue reading

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Some of you may remember that last year I read and enjoyed the first of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle novels, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. The fourth book in the quartet, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is being published … Continue reading

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The Secret History

One of the great mysteries of the book world (to me, anyway) is how books get sorted into categories. Margaret Atwood’s futuristic novels are general fiction, but Octavia Butler’s are science fiction. Emily St. John Mandel’s zombie and contagion novel … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Mysteries | 22 Comments

The Readathon Approacheth

As I write this on Friday night, the fall edition of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon is just a few hours (or “one sleep”) away. I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to participate in all but a few Read-a-Thons since … Continue reading

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The sixth and final book in Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles finds Lymond and Philippa in France. Their relationship remains unchanged since The Ringed Castle, but they plan to dissolve the relationship after the wedding of Mary, Queen of Scotland, to … Continue reading

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