Grave Peril

By Jim Butcher

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, 2001

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, paranormal, vampire

Series: The Dresden Files; 3

ISBN: 9780451458445

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 378

Setting: Chicago, IL and the Nevernever

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Harry Dresden and his knight friend, Michael, have been very busy in recent times dispatching agitated ghosts.  Something has been stirring up the Nevernever and this has made the ghosts in Chicago extra ornery and dangerous.  On top of this, a demon, The Nightmare, is targeting some of Harry’s friends and causing them tremendous pain; this demon seems to be linked to the agitated ghosts.  Even if Harry can figure out who or what is behind the attacks on his friends, will he be strong enough to stop it? Continue reading


What the Mouse Found and Other Stories

By Charles de Lint

Place: Publisher & Year: Burton, MI: Subterranean Press, 2008

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, short stories

ISBN: 9781596061590

Intended audience: “written for nieces, nephews, and the children of friends” (p. 10)

Number of pages: 64

Setting: Three stories are set in the woods; one is set in a neighborhood, and another along the sea shore

Time period: Contemporary

Description: Following a short introduction, “Kissing Frogs”, are five short magical tales – “What the Mouse Found”, “Gnomin’ in the Gloamin’”, “Oakey Bedokey”, “Maple Sugar”, and “Tip and the Lion”.  (The limited edition – which is not what I read – also contains “The Songs of Timothy Tomtit”). Continue reading

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

By Michael Pollan

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Penguin Books, 2009

Genre: Non-fiction, health & fitness, healthy living, diet, nutrition

ISBN: 9780143116387

Intended audience: American adults

Number of pages: 140

Setting: USA

Time period: The era of obesity and processed “food-like substances”

Description: A practical guide for what and how to eat, written as a follow up to Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Following the Introduction, the book is divided into three sections based upon the key concepts from In Defense of Food – “Eat Food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.” Continue reading


By Kat Richardson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, c2006, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, vampire, mystery, suspense, thriller

Series: Greywalker series; 1

ISBN: 9780451461322

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 352

Setting: Seattle, WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Harper Blaine is a small time private investigator who had an extremely nasty encounter with a man she was investigating.  He attacked her and she died – for two minutes.  Following her return to the living, things just haven’t been the same for Harper.  Even after most of the bruises have faded, she just doesn’t feel right.  Things get really foggy at times, she gets vertigo, and she keeps seeing strange things and encountering scary situations.  She has become a Greywalker – someone who can move into the Grey, a place where this world overlaps with another.  Luckily for Harper, she is put in contact with a couple who can help her deal with her situation, if she lets them.  Unfortunately, she still has to work and her jobs have taken a much darker turn. Continue reading

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation

Story by Michael Keller, Art by Nicolle Rager Fuller

Place: Publisher & Year: Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2009

Genre: Non- fiction, science, biography, history

Format: Graphic novel

ISBN: 9781605299488

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 191

Setting: Earth

Time period: 1831 – 2006

Plot summary: This book is a graphic version of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species as well as a biography of Darwin and a history of evolutionary theory.  The book begins with Darwin having returned to England after travelling around the world on H.M.S. Beagle.  It depicts his life while working on his theory of natural selection; it also depicts his theory and the effects of it upon the current scientific understanding of life on Earth. Continue reading