Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks, Speakman Press Good, but not up to usual standards of Terry Brook's work This story is the basis of one of Terry Brook's most memorable characters that has always stuck with me since I first met him. The story starts out well but seems to have been finished in a hurry. Fortunately, this concept was later expanded upon and became a major plot in a later book. I would still recommend purchasing this title as it demonstrates a writer in progress and more importantly as its purchase raises money for someone in need While Some Are Shocked by ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ Others Find Nuance in a Bigoted Atticus Finch “Whether you’ve read the novel or seen the film, there’s this image you have of Atticus as a hero, and this brings him down a peg,” said Adam Bergstein, an English teacher in Queens whose 10th- and 11-grade students read “Mockingbird.” “How do you take this guy who everybody looked up to for the last 50-plus years, and now he’s a more flawed individual?” In this version, Atticus is 72 years old, suffering from arthritis and stubbornly resistant to social change. He stands in sharp contrast to the gentle scholar in “Mockingbird,” who tells Scout, when explaining why he has gone out on a limb to defend a black man, that “I do my best to love everybody.”
The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit) Recently, someone asked Reddit for a list of the best science fiction books of all time. Being a fan of sci-fi, and wanting to expand my own reading list, I thought it would be helpful to tally the results and preserve them here for future reference. I've also included selected quotes from the comments, as well as my own notes on the books I've already read. PS: All book images in this post are copyright Amazon, and were retrieved using my Big Book Search Engine. So, without further ado, here are the Greatest Sci-Fi Books of All Time, ordered by upvote count: The 100 Greatest Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels Of All Time john harris The 100 Greatest SFF Novels of All Time by ALEX CARNEVALE What to read?
What I Learned from Harry Potter Harry Potter has been a part of my life since I was in high school. I've read the books, seen the movies too many times to count and my daughter is a huge fan. It's become part of who I am. I was sad to see it end. My hero: Mary Shelley by Neil Gaiman The cold, wet summer of 1816, a night of ghost stories and a challenge allowed a young woman to delineate the darkness, and give us a way of looking at the world. They were in a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva: Lord Byron – the bestselling poet, too dangerous for the drawing rooms of England and in exile; his doctor, John William Polidori; Percy Shelley, poet and atheist, and his soon-to-be wife, 18-year-old Mary Shelley. Ghost stories were read, and then Byron challenged everyone in the group to come up with a new story. He started, but did not finish, one about vampires; Polidori completed "The Vampyre"; and young Mary, already the mother of a living child and a dead one, imagined a story about a man who fabricated a living creature, a monster, and brought it to life. The book she wrote over the following year, initially published anonymously, was Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, and it slowly changed everything. Ideas happen when the time is right for them.
A syllabus and book list for novice students of science fiction literature I was going to say that Dune has to be on the list but considering that this is a list for beginners it may be a little dense for newcomers. Is world building in general being left for the 200 level course? @go-falcons: As opposed to PK Dick or Gibson? Neuromancer, for as much as I love it, takes a bit of a mental adjustment to absorb the density of that writing. The Very Secret Diaries Welcome! Here you may find the brilliant "Very Secret Diary" series by the wonderful Cassandra Claire. These are also published in her LiveJournal, but she was kind enough to agree to let your humble servant here publish them here. Enjoy! And do be sure to check out her LiveJournal. To receive email when ealasaid.com (which includes this site) is updated, please sign up for Ealasaid's mailing list.
Top 10 first lines in children's and teen books The boy and the old man arrived at the port at night. That's the first line in my debut novel, Close to the Wind, and I'm rather proud of it. The line doesn't shout out at you, but it does a lot of work establishing the tone of the book and giving you the setting and characters without any fuss. It's always difficult to know how to begin a book.