• Reynolds’ latest novel fails to uphold legacy

    Alastair Reynolds, for those who have not heard of him, is a British hard science fiction author who has a PhD in astronomy and worked for 13 years for the European Space Agency. While working, he began writing a book that .

  • ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: Script format limits story

    No other book series in recent memory has captured the world’s imagination quite like Harry Potter. The seven-book series by British author J.K. Rowling has sold millions and millions of copies and also spawned eight blockbuster movies. Readers .

  • ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: Some characters lack

    This long-awaited sequel to the seven classic Harry Potter books is set mostly at Hogwarts a few decades after Book 7. In a sense it continues from the epilogue in the last book.  Probably the two characters who have the .

  • Books that help babies develop important skills

    As babies grow into toddlers and begin exploring the world around them, books play a very important role. Books offer an experience outside of their everyday world as well as access to vocabulary and concepts that will be important as .

  • Christian comedian jokes about family life

    It seems as if everyone is drawn to Tim Hawkins. Just go online to YouTube or Facebook and you’ll spot hundreds, even thousands, of hits from viewers who swear he’s the most world-renowned comedian. Oh, I apologize. That’.

  • Mystery in Paris makes for compelling prequel

    Fans of Aimee Leduc — they’re abundant enough to have made at least some of the 16 novels she stars in bestsellers — already know what becomes apparent fairly quickly for the reader just after being introduced to her. Among other traits, .

  • Local sheriff unearths secrets in Amish town

    Set in Amish country near Columbus, Ohio, this series features Kate Burkholder, a small town sheriff, who was brought up in an Amish family but has taken another path. This background gives her a unique understanding of the culture, but, .

  • Growing up in a cruel world

    Fifteen-year-old Easton is disciplined at his job — he runs his own crew guarding the perimeters of an illegal drug house in South Central Los Angeles. When things go deadly awry, East finds himself headed out of LA and his comfort .

  • Modern folklore opens doors to other cultures

    Watching the Olympics always makes me curious about other cultures. What are their values? What bedtime stories do they tell? For answers, I turn to literature because I find storytelling more interesting than nonfiction, and because I think it’s .

  • Author weaves novel around airship crash

    The final flight of the Hindenburg, and particularly its eruption into a huge fireball as it was docking on May 6, 1937, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, is well known. That’s partly because of video footage and an unforgettable radio broadcast of .

  • Is religion under attack?

    Bob Funk Contributing writer In the midst of a presidential election, cultural issues seem to have taken a back seat with many voters. But for Christian conservatives and others of deeply held religious beliefs, Erick Erickson has written a book .

  • Family quest set in Victorian England has intrigue, hope

    Robin Farrell Edmunds Contributing writer A baby found in a snow bank by an 8-year-old girl in 1831 England is raised on the estate of the girl’s parents. Seventeen years later under dire circumstances, the foundling — named Amy Snow — must .


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