Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1) by Philip Reeve Scholastic, 2001 373 pages I've always been fascinated by steampunk, possibly because I'm fascinated by all things Victorian. For those unfamiliar with the term, "steampunk" is essentially a combination of Victoriana, industrialism, and technology - whether in stories, movies, fashion, or art. The genre usually … Continue reading Mortal Engines


Wildwood By Colin Meloy; ill. by Carson Ellis Balzer + Bray, 2011 560 pages Not long after I graduated from college, my employer assigned me a business trip to Portland, Oregon. I was feeling city-starved, and Portland was high on the national radar as a hip urban area, so I was excited to go. I … Continue reading Wildwood

Super Secondaries: The Women of Middle Earth

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Allen & Unwin, 1954-55 I don't just talk about Lord of the Rings, I gush. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy about the fictional realm of Middle Earth is one of my desert-island books, a work of art that comes closer to my own personal definition of literary perfection than … Continue reading Super Secondaries: The Women of Middle Earth