Lindsey H. (moon) - Reviews

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Adventures of Sam Pig (Young Puffin Books)
Adventures of Sam Pig (Young Puffin Books)
Author: Alison Uttley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2006


Ten short stories about the magical, comical adventures of Sam Pig in the English countryside. Illustrated by Francis Gower.


The Automatic Muse: Surrealist Novels
Review Date: 2/16/2006


"Collects together four remarkable novels from the early days of Surrealism -- the 1920's, when the group was experimenting with 'automatic writing' and other methods of 'forcing inspiration.'"
-- from the back cover


Black Juice
Black Juice
Author: Margo Lanagan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/21/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A book of beautiful, frightening, and strange short stories, including a winner of the World Fantasy Award.


Books to Check Out Journal: A Journal
Books to Check Out Journal: A Journal
Author: Imagineering Company
Book Type: Spiral-bound
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/29/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A well-crafted spiral-bound volume containing sections like "Books to Read," "Favorite Books/Passages," "Books Borrowed/Lent," and a double pocket in back (for bookmarks?). Useful for book lovers who enjoy recording these things the old-fashioned way: on paper!


Catherine, Called Birdy
Catherine, Called Birdy
Author: Karen Cushman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/20/2006
Helpful Score: 1


If you took Caddie Woodlawn in her teen years and dropped her into the middle ages, you might end up with something like this book. Cushman captures adolescence well, but Birdy seems more like a modern American than a medieval Brit. Still, a fun read.


Comet in Moominland : Can Moomintroll save his beloved valley?
Comet in Moominland : Can Moomintroll save his beloved valley?
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/19/2006
Helpful Score: 1


It's more than forty years since Jansson's Moomintrolls first appeared. I found the writing and invention as appealing as ever. She has a thistledown touch. - Michelle Landsberg, The Washington Post Book World

The adventures of the easygoing Moomintrolls have all the crispness and tart surprise of a lingonberry, thanks to Jansson's ineffably light touch, her uncanny sensitivity to universal childhood emotions, and her gift for terse, naturalistic dialogue. - Entertainment Weekly


Coretext : Handbook for Writers
Coretext : Handbook for Writers
Author: Hairston
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 2/16/2006


Textbook/reference on usage, style (MLA/ACW/CMS/APA), and research strategies, including electronic sources. The layout (page design) is hideous, but this book contains tons of useful info for students and anyone else interested in formal writing.


The Dead Sea Scrolls and Primitive Christianity
Review Date: 9/24/2006


Contains 8 b/wh photo plates.


Eccentric epitaphs: Gaffes from beyond the grave
Eccentric epitaphs: Gaffes from beyond the grave
Book Type: Unknown Binding
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2006


"A collection of bizarre, comical and appalling epitaphs." Illustrated with Victorian clip-art. Hardcover.


Finn Family Moomintroll
Finn Family Moomintroll
Author: Tove Jansson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/19/2006
Helpful Score: 1


"It is spring in the valley of the Moomins, and Moomintroll and his friends, Snufkin and Sniff, are out for a walk. They find the Hobgoblin's top hat, all shiny and new and just waiting to be taken home, and soon realize that this is no ordinary hat. When it's used as a wastepaper basket, eggshells turn into soft little clouds everybody can ride. And when Moomintroll wears the hat, he turns into the King of California! But a few strange happenings never stop the Moomin family and their friends from seeking new adventures -- like exploring the Hattifattener's Island or catching the Mameluke. It isn't until the black hat produces a jungle of vines and flowers which grows inside the Moomin household that everyone wonders if perhaps magic is more trouble than it's worth.

Enhanced with Tove Jansson's simple, sprightly drawings, Finn Family Moomintroll has been a favorite with audiences around the world since it was first published more than forty years ago." [jacket copy]


Flower Fairies: The Little Pink Book (Flower Fairies Collection)
Review Date: 12/2/2006


A selection of pink flowers from several of Barker's Flower Fairies books. This is a miniature hardcover book, 3.25 inches tall.


A Fox jumped Up One Winter's Night
A Fox jumped Up One Winter's Night
Author: Nina Barbaresi
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/28/2006


A Little Golden Book. Lively illustrations by Nina Barbaresi bring to life the classic folksong.


Games and Songs of American Children
Games and Songs of American Children
Author: William W. Newell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/28/2006


A remarkable compilation of ways children amused themselves a century ago.


Gourmet Pot [Hungarian Recipes]
Gourmet Pot [Hungarian Recipes]
Author: K?lm?n Tolnai
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 3/1/2006


Hungarian cookbook with lots of color plates. The bulk of the book covers the preparation of meat dishes, from "Leg of Lamb with Bacon" to "Hot Nutria Paste" (no joke!).


The Hyphenated Family: An American Saga
The Hyphenated Family: An American Saga
Author: Hagedorn, Hermann
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/25/2006


Hagedorn provides a fascinating glimpse life as the son of wealthy German immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Though his childhood was happy and privileged, tensions between the old life and the new were ever present, and eventually tore the family in two with the onset of World War I. I particularly recommend this book to readers who, like me, have Germans in their family tree; I found it had a lot to teach me about my ancestry.


Incident at Hawk's Hill (Hawk's Hill, Bk 1)
Incident at Hawk's Hill (Hawk's Hill, Bk 1)
Author: Allan W. Eckert
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2006


Moving story of an unusual friendship between a boy and a badger. Engravings by John Schoenherr.


The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1)
The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1)
Author: Gene Wolfe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2006
Helpful Score: 5


Wolfe weaves the strands of many legends into a meandering tale of a young man seeking his destiny. Though the narrative occasionally gets off the ground, it can't seem to stay there.


Language Of The Night
Language Of The Night
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/28/2006


The bestselling novels of Ursula K. Le Guin have captured the spirit of a generation that shares her belief that "those who refuse to listen to dragons are probably doomed to live their lives acting out the nightmares of politicians." In THE LANGUAGE OF THE NIGHT, her first book-length collection of essays and criticism, Le Guin analyzes her craft and shares her vision in what The Washington Post has called "the most attractive introduction to science fiction yet to appear." [blurb inside cover]

Edited and with introductions by Susan Wood.


Little, Big
Little, Big
Author: John Crowley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/11/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Many people have loved this book. Perhaps you will love this book.
I did not love this book. It was vague and needlessly wordy; its characters let their strange fates wash over them like waves; all was predestined, there was no choice, no struggle, no definition. No one could ever come out and say what they meant. It had some interesting concepts about fairies and the supernatural, ideas I'd like to see some bolder author wrestle with, but that's the best I can say for it. I read the whole thing - I'm stubborn that way - but even the denouement was indistinct and dizzy and unsatisfying.


Madeleine L'Engle's Time Trilogy
Madeleine L'Engle's Time Trilogy
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2006


This is a boxed set. Three books (plus box) for one credit!


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