Into the Book



  1. Anthony Marra’s first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, is so full of twists that it’s a difficult story to pin down. How many other novelists have written a novel that is about wartime Chechnya, jumps through twenty years of time, and features seven or eight main characters? Not too many that I have seen. Marra’s strange blend of omniscient storytelling and chronological looseness plays with a beautiful writing style and makes A Constellation of Vital Phenomena one of the best books I have read this year. (more…)

  2. There aren’t too many names in sci-fi bigger than Frank Herbert. Dune is his 1965 classic, a landmark in science fiction, and a ground-breaker for many novels to come. I may be fifty years late to the party, but even so, I enjoyed Herbert’s masterpiece, and found Dune a compelling story of humanity, loss, and prophecy that makes for the best sci-fi I’ve ever read. Read on for more: (more…)

  3. C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy has never been as well-known as Narnia or his non-fiction writing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your attention. Out of the Silent Planet has always been my favorite of the three: I take a look at how it stacks up these days. I’m a big sci-fi fan and have looked forward to rediscovering C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy. Read on for more:


  4. The Warden and the Wolf King, Andrew Peterson’s conclusion to the Wingfeather Saga, brings the entire series to a thundering close, fully living up to the excellent standard that the first three books set for it. Everything hurtles towards the end, and hopeless situations pile up like flabbits in a totato patch. It’s a fitting end to the characters, story, and world of Aerwiar, and a fantastic cap on an already-fantastic series. (more…)

  5. It may not surprise anyone that I am a writer. I write stories and always seek to enhance my writing ability. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for books that will help me pursue that goal. I’ve read books on plot and characters, grammar and editing. Yet, I rarely read books on the craft of writing itself. After all, anyone can write: it is the story that is difficult, right?


  6. Every woman was once a little girl with dreams in her heart, a taste for adventure, and a thirst for the romantic. Sadly as time passes, experience often teaches a woman that these ideals are not reality, but merely a childish fantasy. Yet deep within her, she can still feel the restlessness of dreams and passions beckoning; a whisper that she is perhaps something more… If you are that woman, then this book is for you. (more…)