Pullman's new trilogy brings us back to the world of dust and daemons. Lyra's latest trials are her most taxing and dangerous yet. Perfect for those who prefer a little magic, a lot of intrigue, and one heck of a cliff-hanger.
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My reading habits swing from children’s literature and young adult to classics and nonfiction, with the occasional novel. Let me know of any good beginner graphic novels and I’ll try something new. My all-time favorite author is Frank Herbert, pulling slightly ahead of Jane Austen, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula K. Le Guin, Helen Hooven Santmyer, and Mary Stewart. Quirky investigators like Malcolm Gladwell are quickly making a place in my heart.
Randall Munroe goes to ridiculous lengths to show readers how to tackle real tasks, like changing a light bulb or digging a hole. Those who entertain his advice will never get the hole dug, but they will be very amused and feel surprisingly smart. [Raissa]
Kiera is high school student by day, developer of the kick-ass video game SLAY by night. SLAY is a celebration of Black culture, and has always been a safe place for players. Now the real world is catching up to Kiera's virtual reality, and the battle for its existence is very, very real. [Raissa]
A few services writers perform: find the words to break a silence; articulate unspoken truths; identify stories. By uncovering the power of stories and those who tell them, Solnit elevates us all. [Raissa]
Le Guin's final collection carries us further along with a sense of knowing, mystery, metaphor, and movement. It's a marvelous poetic return home. [Raissa]
Bruce is back, with his usual bah-humbug self, but he's no match for the spirit of the season. Holiday hilarity ensues. Cheers to our favorite Scrooge! [Raissa]
The rhymes in this book are as uplifting as the story of this pioneering naval engineer, and the illustrations are delightful. A sweet read for aspiring engineers. [Raissa]
This is a Western by way of Australia but reminiscent of our own history of geography and genocide. Its rendering of grief and guilt sticks with you. [Raissa]
In this epic there's room under the sky for characters taciturn and loyal, loving and illogical, searching, settling, surviving. If you read only one Western, this should be it. [Raissa]
The ever-clever Pullman envelops us once again in the parallel world of His Dark Materials and takes us on a brilliant journey. The story is smart, exciting, absorbing, and the characters are their own unique, clever selves. Excellent as part of the previous series or on its own. [Raissa]