Book Reviews, Five Stars

Pan’s Labyrinth – Book Review

Title: Pan's Labyrinth Author: Guillermo Del Toro and Cornelia Funke Genre: Fantasy/Magic Realism Rating: 5 Stars "Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short… Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth – Book Review

The Secret Library Encyclopedia

#Supernatural Creatures #Dragons – The Secret Library Encyclopedia

OK, you might be thinking "aren't dragons just fantasy?" and to that I say: hell, no! Dragons were born from legends that were based around our own world in ancient times. They came from our world, not fantasy worlds - even though there are some amazing epic fantasy worlds out there - (there's one right… Continue reading #Supernatural Creatures #Dragons – The Secret Library Encyclopedia

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3 Books That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Zombies. Drowning. Being chased through a magical forest by a jelly bean. If you haven't experienced a haunting, and perhaps weird, nightmare, you are one of the lucky ones. Movies don't need to try very hard to creep us out enough to give us bad dreams, but books need to try a little harder. When… Continue reading 3 Books That Will Haunt Your Dreams

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Accents in Books: What Can Go Wrong?

Accents are humanity’s craziest inventions. We craft our own languages, then some clever-clogs decides to start pronouncing the words all funny for some reason. That, ladies and gents, is my best guess for how the Scottish accent came to be. Probably Welsh, too. And maybe Texan. In the books we read, accents are an important… Continue reading Accents in Books: What Can Go Wrong?

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Why We Still Need “Damsel in Distress” Stories

  “Damsel in distress.” Don’t you just hate that saying? It reeks of dependency, and paints a picture of a blonde stick figure gasping as she faints at the sight of a mouse skittering by. The phrase has some seriously sexist undertones. It’s not as if there’s a male equivalent, although maybe there should be.… Continue reading Why We Still Need “Damsel in Distress” Stories