June 2013

June 30, 2013

Ender's Game: Read Orson Scott Card's Modern YA Classic Before Seeing the Movie

Rarely have John F. Kennedy's iconic words, 'Children are the world’s most valuable resources and its best hope for the future,' rung more true than in Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, Ender’s Game, where the fate of earth lies in the capabilities of one child: Andrew (Ender) Wiggin.

June 29, 2013

Mystery Master Carl Hiaasen Returns to Florida in Bad Monkey

Hiaasen knows how to keep a plot boiling along, sprinkling in some gruesomeness, and quickly stirring in a fair amount of silliness to keep things lighthearted. He always adds a few characters who might seem a little too colorful, except to those of us who have spent time in South Florida, where weirdness is surprisingly common.

June 28, 2013

The Terminator and His Tardis: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Wrapping your head around the Doctor Who-reminiscent literary device in Beukes' thrilling novel is not easy -- but it is worthwhile.

June 27, 2013

Your Revolutionary Summer Reading, Courtesy of Joseph J. Ellis

Get a tan and a history lesson in one fell swoop!

June 26, 2013

Short Stories Done Right: Rebecca Lee’s Bobcat

Short stories can be the busy reader’s manna from heaven – quick, snack-sized literary morsels that can sate those of us who don’t always have time to delve into a full-length novel.

June 25, 2013

The Whole Fromage: Kathe Lison Gives More Than a Cheese Lesson

There are people who like cheese. And there are people who really like cheese. Kathe Lison falls into the latter classification of dairy enthusiasts and applies that fondness to all things fromage de France in her book, The Whole Fromage

June 24, 2013

Crime of Privilege: A Politically Infused Thriller

Do the wealthy, political classes do so much for Americans’ benefit that they should be given 'a pass' when faced with a law-breaking, personal scandal? These are a few of the intriguing questions posed in Crime of Privilege, the heart-thumping new novel by Walter Walker.

June 23, 2013

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy: A Delicious Monster Mash-Up

Hemlock Grove is as spooky as its name. It’s not only an utterly creepy piece of fiction, but a monster mash-up worthy of ‘40s Hollywood, pulling readers into a mystery that sends chills crawling up and down the vertebrae.

June 22, 2013

A Gift for Your Inner Child from Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is being heralded as his first book for adults in eight years. It may speak to adults from an adult perspective, but at its heart, this slim novella is a myth-drenched ode to childhood.

June 21, 2013

The Magus Meets Gatsby: The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne

There is something vaguely reminiscent of John Fowles’ The Magus and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in Lawrence Osborne’s The Forgiven. Excess, debauchery, choreography, unhappiness, desire. All of these things may exist harmlessly on their own, but when collected together with a dash of manslaughter, there is something to be learned.

June 20, 2013

Swedish Author Jens Lapidus' Latest Bold Crime Novel: Never F*ck Up

Jens Lapidus took the frank approach when titling his new novel, Never F*ck Up. This title may lack the beauty and grace associated with subtlety, but then again, the novel’s not striving for beauty and grace in a story such as this.

June 19, 2013

You Should Definitely, Absolutely Read Decisive by Dan and Chip Heath

It’s hard to decide what to read next, right? Oh, and it’s also hard to decide whether to go back to graduate school, and whether you should make one last push with that relationship or kick him or her to the curb. For many of us, choosing is hard. Fortunately, Chip and Dan Heath, the guys behind the remarkably sensible Made to Stick and Switch, want to help.

June 18, 2013

On Relics and Love: A Q&A With Natalie Brown, Author of The Lovebird

Natalie Brown’s debut novel, The Lovebird, brings Margie Fitzgerald into the lives of readers. Here, she sits down with Everyday eBook to talk about Natalie's inspiration and more.

June 17, 2013

Broken Family, Missing Boy: Is This Tomorrow? by Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt's latest novel turns on a single devastating moment: the disappearance of twelve-year-old Jimmy Reardon in 1956.

June 16, 2013

Teen Angst Squared: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

If it has not been said before, John Green is today’s John Hughes, exploring – dare I say, celebrating – today’s teen angst. Though to call it “teen angst” seems to trivialize it, and to these kids it’s all consuming.