Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne–This New Novel Will Be Released January 24, 2015!
Uncategorized / December 23, 2014

Pages: 224. Publisher: Dundurn (February 17, 2014); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1459728181; ISBN-13: 978-1459728189. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Can a horse really jump the distance of a city block? No, you say. What about an man who doesn’t age and sees generations come and go? The Fountain of Youth, you say! Hmm. Well, what about a secret city existing that isn’t on any map and you can’t get there unless you are a resident of the city? The North Pole? Yes, well, maybe; many children believe there’s a North Pole. These examples are all elements of a famous novel by Mark Helprin, called Winter’s Tale. I reviewed that book in January (2014), and if you want to look in more detail at these fantastical elements, click here. And while, Since You’ve Been Gone, may not have flying horses, ageless characters, or secret cities, it does have some elements requiring the reader’s suspension of disbelief.      Both Mark Helprin and Mary Jennifer Payne include elements to their stories requiring the reader to engage in a willing suspension of disbelief. So why do writers like Helprin and Payne utilize these elements if people don’t believe them? [3]      Winter’s…

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and See The Trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies!
Uncategorized / December 11, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell [1949], p. 23.      Joseph Campbell described the “Hero’s Journey” in his book, The Hero With A Thousand Faces. Campbell explains how this journey has captured the minds and hearts of everyone who learns of it. The Hero’s Journey is so ingrained into the human psyche as to be found in virtually every culture that has ever been. People never weary of the story of a person who sets out on a journey where he or she encounters obstacles and faces temptations, all to obtain the magic elixir, or sword, or talisman in order to save his family or his people.  [2]      One of the most captivating stories about the hero’s journey is from the pen of J.R.R. Tolkien, entitled, The Hobbit. All of Tolkien’s stories have had long-lasting appeal; indeed, even his story of The Hobbit has been…

Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3, by Suzanne Collins
Uncategorized / December 1, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be the storm – That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm – I’ve heard it in the chillest land – And on the strangest Sea – Yet – never – in Extremity, It asked a crumb – of me. Title: “Hope is the thing with feathers” By Emily Dickinson. [2]      In capturing the spirit of “Hope” for us all, Emily Dickinson personifies “Hope” as a bird, a “thing with feathers.” She goes even further and tells us that this bird “perches in the soul,” and just as shockingly, sings a tune without words–and it never stops. It is almost as if Suzanne Collins called up as muse, Emily Dickinson, to sing Collins a song from Dickinson’s own soul. And then, inspire Collins to devise a story through the inspiration of “Hope is the thing with feathers.”  [3]      Gale, the name of Katniss’s friend from District…