Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

The tale of Rumpelstiltskin is one of my absolute favorites so when I learned that Naomi Novik had written a short story in a collection of retold fairy tales, I hurriedly picked it up and read it. The book was The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Then I discovered… Continue reading Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Book Review: Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty

Serafina returned in the third installment of Robert Beatty's epic Biltmore series and she did not disappoint. I love the imagination that went into the creation of this character and her story. I live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an easy hour drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and I absolutely obsess… Continue reading Book Review: Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

What a creative and super imaginative journey with a superior plot and bright, vivid characters. I listened to this book on audio so the jumps in time and place could be disorienting at times, but I did not even care. The writing was fluid enough that if I was momentarily confused, I quickly got back… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Peter Jackson Tribute: Top Ten Scenes of Middle-earth

Total Film magazine released their Top 10 scenes in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. While I certainly agree with some of their choices, I would place some scenes higher or lower than others so I have created my own list in this post. To celebrate six glorious films, more than fifteen… Continue reading Peter Jackson Tribute: Top Ten Scenes of Middle-earth