Reviews and Blog Posts: adventure

Spirit animals. 1, Wild born

by Brandon Mull

DPL Rating:
4

The first of a mulitplatform series, each book is written by a renowned powerhouse author, in this case, Brandon Mull of Fablehaven fame. Subsequent authors include Maggie Stiefvater and Garth Nix. In a fantasy realm called Erdas, eleven year olds perform the rite of passage of sipping Nectar to see...

The long Earth

by Terry Pratchett

DPL Rating:
2

Man, I love the concept that makes up the foundation of this novel. I just wish the authors had built a firmer story upon it. In the near future, humanity has discovered the ability to “step” into an infinite number of parallel Earths, each slightly different from the last. Most...

Fortunately, the milk

by Neil Gaiman

DPL Rating:
5

Love this story of a father going out to get milk for his children's cereal and his morning tea and his wild adventures coming back from the store. This is a great read aloud story. Read the ebook, listened to the audioebook and read the print version. Recommend snuggling up...

Annihilation

by Jeff VanderMeer

DPL Rating:
4

Four women are on the twelfth expedition to Area X, which has been cut off from the world for years. Previous expeditions have all ended badly, if the people returned at all. Annihilation is the journal of the biologist for this expedition (she joins a psychologist, a surveyor, and an...

Soulless

by Gail Carriger

DPL Rating:
3

Vampires, werewolves, steampunk, and romance.  Any of these elements alone would typically have me scoffing without cracking open the cover.  But in an effort to expand my reading horizons and based on a colleague’s recommendation, I made it past my initial prejudices and enjoyed this book more than I would...

A high wind in Jamaica

by Richard Arthur Warren Hughes

DPL Rating:
4

One of the lesser known titles on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is A High Wind in Jamaica, published by Richard Hughes in 1929. Set in the aftermath of the Emancipation of the British West Indies, the novel tells the story of the British Bas-Thornton family and is primarily filtered...

A game of thrones

by George R. R Martin

DPL Rating:
5

There are two reasons why I read this book: (1) a friend raves about the series (she's read each book several times); and (2) I'm a big "read the book before watching the movie/tv show" person. And I'd like to watch the A Game of Thrones TV series.

Just as I...

The signature of all things : a novel

by Elizabeth Gilbert

DPL Rating:
5

I admit, I was hesitant to read this latest book by Elizabeth Gilbert, whom you'll probably remember as the author of the wildly popular Eat, Pray, Love. It was precisely because of my not-so-great-fondness of Eat, Pray Love that I approached this new title with reluctance. Well, I did...

The dog stars : a novel

by Peter Heller

DPL Rating:
5

"The Dog Stars" follows loveable Hig after a flu-pandemic that killed much of the known population, including his wife.  In the mean time, he protects his little piece of Colorado, as he seeks something greater.  "The Dog Stars" was a book that appealed to me from the very vague blurb, though...

The icebound land

by John (John Anthony) Flanagan

DPL Rating:
3

For an adventure series, these books by John Flanagan are highly recommended. The characters and settings mimic a kind of Robin Hood medieval time and land, although everything here is in an imaginary land. However, the adventures are not supposed to be magical or fantastical but really possible and the...

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