The Last Enchantment

To say that I was unenthusiastic when I started reading the third book in Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy would not be an understatement. It is also true to state that I was largely unenthusiastic when I finished reading the book, too, proven by the fact that it’s taken me about two weeks to get around…

The Hollow Hills

When I wrote up my review of The Crystal Cave, I said I had read the first two books in this Arthurian series by Mary Stewart years ago, but I think I may have been wrong. None of what I read in this second volume felt at all familiar to me (except in the general…

The Crystal Cave

I have just finished reading The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart. I haven’t read this particular iteration of the Arthurian saga for a long while – since my early teens I suspect, and I have to confess that I’m pretty sure I never read more than the first two books of the 4-book series.* Which…

More Books Read – February and March 2013

In order to cleanse my palate for the upcoming release of Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars (Tuesday!), I bring you yet another edition of The Books I’ve Read Lately. Not real reviews, mind you, just a few scattered impressions. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern WOW! Yes, WOW! I loved this book so much….

Tea + Books

Here it is nearly all the way through February and I haven’t managed to do the one thing I promised myself I would do with this blog in 2013, which is to keep a record of books read. For the past few years, I’ve been heavy on the re-reading of old favorites, so I’ve dubbed…

A Pirate is a Pirate, or Maybe a Tiger

Since C.S. Lewis’ birthday was celebrated this past week, and Ang Lee’s movie based on Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi was just released in theaters, I thought it an appropriate time to dig up this essay, originally posted in 2006. There are potentially some spoilers herein, if you haven’t read the book or seen…

The New Books I Read

As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t read a lot of new (or new-to-me) fiction this past year. Here’s some miniature reviews of the five books I consumed in my brief summer spurt of new-book-reading. Sorry, I’m feeling too lazy to provide book covers or even links. I’m sure you know how to…