City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Series
Uncategorized / August 27, 2013

Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Review by Sharon Powers. This book is available in the usual formats: hardcover, paperback and on Kindle, and, of course, you can also read this book almost anywhere (computer, phone, tablet, etc.) if you download the free app from Amazon. Also note that the book is less expensive if you buy it for an e-reader or a Kindle device. Who is the audience for this book? It is apparent that it is a urban fantasy series written for young adults. As a somewhat older reader, I have found find that young adults, in general, have a fresh approach to novels geared to them–they look at the stories with eyes that are not jaded or sometimes clouded with years of experience that would lead them to prejudge what they are reading. Young adults tend to know what they like, and are unabashedly happy to let you know what it is they enjoy. With this book, Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, an approach must be made taking the intended audience into consideration. Up front, though, I have to acknowledge that the plot is predictable. It is a typical hero’s journey where the…

A to Z (Fun) Survey…
Uncategorized / August 25, 2013

A FUN A-Z BOOK SURVEY. This week I have several projects in the works, but in the midst of prepping my next blog, I stumbled across a fun survey I would love to pass along to you. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, My Life in Books by Jennine G. who posted an “A to Z Survey” from blogger Wensend…who, in turn, picked it up from The Perpetual Page-Turner. Jamie explains she created her survey as a typical A-Z survey–that is, the questions correspond to the letters of the alphabet. Have fun. Here they are with my answers to the questions: Author you’ve read the most books from: Lois McMaster Bujold. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 books. I’ve read, of course, the Vorkosigan Saga and the Sharing Knife Series. My favorite series by Bujold, though, is the Chalion Series (winner of the 2003 Hugo, Nebula and Locus Fantasy Awards). A truly wonderful fantasy series by a great writer. Best Sequel Ever: Orson Scott Card’s new book (co-authored by Aaron Johnston) from his The First Formic War Series, Earth Afire: The First Formic War, Book 2, released June 4, 2013. What a fantastic read! For followers of the Ender…

The Green Mile by Stephen King
Uncategorized / August 21, 2013

The Green Mile by Stephen King  Please see the story synopsis below. [1] And what the heck is a green mile, anyway? And whatever is it about a book in the horror genre by a novelist known for writing horror stories that would prompt me to place it on my Top Ten Favorite Books List…especially when horror novels are not usually my cup of tea? Well, first, this book isn’t really horror…I’d say more thriller than horror. No jump out of your seat moments that cause you to scream, jump, or flinch. It does have its dramatic moments, but The Shining, also by Stephen King, it isn’t. It has, however, received the The Bram Stoker Award for best novel, 1996, from the Horror Writer’s Association, and in 1997 was nominated for the prestigious Locus Award as well as for the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Book to movie: The Green Mile was adapted for film and came to the big screen with a title of the same name in 1999, winning the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA in 2000 for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Clarke Duncan), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson), and Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. Also in 2000, it won…

My Top Ten Favorite Books–What are Yours?
Uncategorized / August 19, 2013

UPDATE: 08-31-14:      My one year update to this blog (where you can find my revised list of my top ten favorites) can be found by clicking the link, here. __________________ My very first post. Wow! I never imagined I would ever write a blog. But here I am. I guess I should state the obvious, first. My name is Sharon, and I love books. I read (it seems like) all the time. I’m doing this because want to share some of the information and knowledge I’ve acquired while participating in this beautiful activity. To that end, here we go… Let’s start with something personal. Everyone has a list of favorite books they have read over the years…as do I. See what you can derive about my personality and character from this list: 1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo; 2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson; 3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck; 4. Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson S. Card; 5. The Gathering Storm / Towers of Midnight / A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson; 6. Night by Elie Wiesel; 7. La Chancon de Roland (The Song of Roland) by Unknown; 8….