Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books LLC, 2010. MP3. Genre: middle grade novel Summary: Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami Yoda finger puppet. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz,… Continue reading The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Harkness, Deborah. A Discovery of Witches. New York: Recorded Books LLC, 2011. MP3. Genre: science fantasy (my own designation to differentiate from science fiction and high fantasy) Summary: Diana Bishop may be the descendant of powerful witches, but she wants nothing to do with magic. Too bad, says Fate. Diana accidentally recalls a mysterious book… Continue reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Ritter, Josh. Bright’s Passage. New York: Dial Press, 2012. Print. Genre: Historical fiction. Summary: Soon after Henry Bright comes home from World War I, his wife dies, leaving him to care for their newborn child. But his wife’s family have an ax to pick with Bright and they are hunting him down. He burns down… Continue reading Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter
Asimov, Isaac. Pebble in the Sky. 1950. North Kingstown, RI: BBC Audio, 2009. MP3. Genre: science fiction Summary: Robert Fass narrates Asimov’s first novel, and the story that kicks off the Foundation series in book form. Thanks to an accident in a nearby chemistry lab, unsuspecting Joseph Schwartz steps through a wrinkle in time. The… Continue reading Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
Harbach, Chad, Ed. MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction. New York: n+1/Faber and Faber, 2014. Print. Genre: nonfiction Summary: A collection of essays where editors, writers, publicists, professors, agents, and others debate the nature of the American literary scene. Perspectives clash! Critique: According to Harbach (author of The Art of Fielding), the… Continue reading MFA vs NYC by Chad Harbach, Ed.