Reviews and Blog Posts: adventure

Finnikin of the rock

by Melina Marchetta

DPL Rating:
4

I recently overheard a sister tell her brother that Finnikin of the Rock was her favorite book as they were picking out their SOR prizes.  Finnikin is the story of a land that has been invaded.  The ruling king’s family along with many of the inhabitants has been slain and...

The glass sentence

by S. E. Grove

DPL Rating:
4

What if the world was divided not only by countries, but by eras in time as well? This is what happens to the Earth after the Great Disruption which leaves North America with multiple eras- from an ice age to Boston in 1891. Sophia is part of a family of...

Retribution falls

by Chris Wooding

DPL Rating:
4

Retribution Falls feels very Firefly-y to me, not quite as funny/fun but still chock full of proto scifi steampunky piratey shenanigans.

We first meet our heroes in a den of inequity with a gun to their head, literally, Crake and Frey have been captured by an unsatisfied customer who will only...

Spirit animals. 1, Wild born

by Brandon Mull

DPL Rating:
4

The first of a mulitplatform series, each book is written by a renowned powerhouse author, in this case, Brandon Mull of Fablehaven fame. Subsequent authors include Maggie Stiefvater and Garth Nix. In a fantasy realm called Erdas, eleven year olds perform the rite of passage of sipping Nectar to see...

The long Earth

by Terry Pratchett

DPL Rating:
2

Man, I love the concept that makes up the foundation of this novel. I just wish the authors had built a firmer story upon it. In the near future, humanity has discovered the ability to “step” into an infinite number of parallel Earths, each slightly different from the last. Most...

Fortunately, the milk

by Neil Gaiman

DPL Rating:
5

Love this story of a father going out to get milk for his children's cereal and his morning tea and his wild adventures coming back from the store. This is a great read aloud story. Read the ebook, listened to the audioebook and read the print version. Recommend snuggling up...

Annihilation

by Jeff VanderMeer

DPL Rating:
4

Four women are on the twelfth expedition to Area X, which has been cut off from the world for years. Previous expeditions have all ended badly, if the people returned at all. Annihilation is the journal of the biologist for this expedition (she joins a psychologist, a surveyor, and an...

Soulless

by Gail Carriger

DPL Rating:
3

Vampires, werewolves, steampunk, and romance.  Any of these elements alone would typically have me scoffing without cracking open the cover.  But in an effort to expand my reading horizons and based on a colleague’s recommendation, I made it past my initial prejudices and enjoyed this book more than I would...

A high wind in Jamaica

by Richard Arthur Warren Hughes

DPL Rating:
4

One of the lesser known titles on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is A High Wind in Jamaica, published by Richard Hughes in 1929. Set in the aftermath of the Emancipation of the British West Indies, the novel tells the story of the British Bas-Thornton family and is primarily filtered...

A game of thrones

by George R. R Martin

DPL Rating:
5

There are two reasons why I read this book: (1) a friend raves about the series (she's read each book several times); and (2) I'm a big "read the book before watching the movie/tv show" person. And I'd like to watch the A Game of Thrones TV series.

Just as I...

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