Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy HarperCollins, 2007 392 pages On the whole, I'm not much of a fantasy fan. I think Tolkien ruined the genre for me back in middle school, when I first read Lord of the Rings. After Tolkien, run-of-the-mill fantasy novels seemed so, well, run-of-the-mill: dry and derivative. There have been several … Continue reading Skulduggery Pleasant

Girl Sleuths and the Boys Who Appreciate Them

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart; ill. by Carson Ellis Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007 485 pages As a girl, I loved mysteries, and I especially loved Nancy Drew. Most of the mystery stories and TV shows of my childhood starred heroes, not heroines (think Columbo, Encyclopedia Brown, and Magnum).  But … Continue reading Girl Sleuths and the Boys Who Appreciate Them