Reviews and Blog Posts: Islands

The scorpio races

by Maggie Stiefvater

DPL Rating:
5

This is the story of Sean, and Puck, and the capaill uisce (a breed of vicious water horses), and Dove (Puck's normal horse), and the island of Thisby. Thisby is a place seemingly out of time, an important character in this book, with its history, traditions, and characters who know...

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater

DPL Rating:
4

Every November on the isolated island of Thisby is the same: the carnivorous water horses, or capaill uisce, emerge from the wintry waters off the coast and are captured by locals hoping to win the annual Scorpio Races. Seventeen-year-old Sean Kendrick has won the last four races, and this year...

Cold skin

by Albert Sánchez

DPL Rating:
5

A morose WWI veteran travels thousands of miles by steamship to accept the position of Weather Official on an isolated, Antarctic island. The island's only other resident is a demented lighthouse keeper. Or so it seems. Within hours of assuming his post, our unnamed protagonist is beset by unimaginable horrors.

Pocketful of names

by Joe Coomer

DPL Rating:
5

There are "three things worth doing in life: making something new, caring for something old, and finding something lost." An artist living a contemplative existence on a tiny island off the coast of Maine encounters all three in a single year of change and discovery. Happily resigned to a solitary...

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