Thrilled to be joining the Northshire team. My genre preferences oscillate wildly from Historical Fiction and Fantasy to Nonfiction and a variety of classics. Let me know if you need a four-leafed clover--- I have more than I know what to do with.
A staple of my childhood that has only grown in value through my adulthood. The world of Bone is rich and atmospheric, brimming with fantastic creatures, charming characters, and plenty of laughs. It is impossible not to fall in love with Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, Smiley Bone, and the curious denizens they encounter over the mountains. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
War? Peace? Leo Tolstoy? Unreasonably complicated Russian nicknames? Do not despair. Pevear and Volokhonsky make Tolstoy's epic of love, conflict, and the paradoxes of human nature not only accessible to a 21st-century audience, but riveting as well. Reads like it was written just yesterday. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
I have yet to devour any book as quickly as The Martian, which tells the story of NASA astronaut Mark Watney and his harrowing solitude stranded on Mars. Spun against a backdrop of accessible (but very real) science, Weir’s sci-fi thriller is overflowing with gallows humor, nail-biting suspense, and a pervasive faith in the triumph of the human spirit. Pick it up. You might not be able to put it back down. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
This brief collection by Martin captures all the wonder and expansive world-building of Game of Thrones, but replaces the darkness and violence with humor and hope. Haviland Tuf is an enigmatic and charismatic protagonist, and through his escapades in a frightful and colorful universe we learn as much about our own sense of morality as we do about his. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
A fantasy series in a class of its own. The Witcher follows the escapades of Geralt, a genetically-modified monster hunter in a war-torn realm inspired by medieval Europe. With a cast of lovable, witty, courageous, infuriating, and impressively human characters, The Witcher series is filled to the brim with surprising moments of belligerence and tenderness. With the new show premiering on Netflix, there’s never been a better time to get started on these classic books. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski