The Mysterious St. Benedict Society is the suspenseful and entertaining story of four youngsters – Reynie (unknowing leadership material), Kate (gadget girl with an unusual twist), Sticky (Bookworm/Intelligence Figure), and Constance (the youngest and most stubborn member of the team) – on a quest to save the world. Although it doesn’t appear that way at first, this is actually, in my view, a more heartwarming story demonstrating great morals for young adults. Written in a similar method to A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, The Mysterious St. Benedict Society is a New York Times Bestseller, and author Trenton Lee Stewart has done an admirable job creating a believable world in which some quite unbelievable things happen. Definitely a must read for those children who loved the Lemony Snicket books, Society, is a bit more mature in some ways, with more interesting, and less obvious, methods of evil infiltrating the story and plot. Continue reading “Four Children vs an Evil Mastermind: Round 1”
Review: The Way of Shadows
- The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
The Way of Shadows is book one in Brent Week’s Night Angel series. This was one of those books I picked from the bookstore at random. I’d never heard of Brent Weeks or the series. All I knew was it was sitting in the Sci Fi/ Fantasy section and was about an assassin. I bought the entire trilogy in one shot, hoping that I would at least find it mildly engaging because otherwise I had just wasted 20 bucks that I probably should have used for gas money. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, I was hooked.
Azoth is trying to eke out a meager existence as a street rat. His attention is focused on not getting beat into a bloody mess and trying to make sure he and his two friends don’t starve to death on the stinking streets of the Warrens. But he has dreams beyond the slums. If he could land an apprenticeship with the most deadly assassin in Cenaria, Durzo Blint, then he would never have to fear anything ever again. Continue reading “Review: The Way of Shadows”
The Lost Hero – Review
The anticipation surrounding Rick Riordan’s latest novel The Lost Hero was so strong, we could have built a temple atop it! What’s not to love? A whole new batch of demigod heroes sent to rescue the world again. Riordan’s novel gratefully returns us from his brief Egyptian venture (personally, that was a poor choice of a new series, but I’ll cover that later) and returns us to the god fearing, monster battling world of camp Half-Blood. This time, we follow a whole new set of demigods as they race to uncover who, or more precisely, what, has stolen a member of the Olympic counsel.
Review: Good Omens
- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Good Omens is the bastard child of the literary masters Mr. Terry Prachett and Mr. Neil Gaiman. Never read anything by either author? Well here is a good place to start.
Armageddon is coming. On a Saturday to be precise. But to be honest, Aziraphale (Angel) and Crowley (Demon) have grown to quite like Earth. It would be a shame really, to let it all be consumed in fire and fury. So the pair team up in an unholy alliance to intercept the Antichrist. The plan is to give him just enough good and evil to balance him out and thus prevent the end of the world. Continue reading “Review: Good Omens”
Review – The Gathering Storm
At the End of Time,
when many become one,
the last storm shall gather its angry winds
to destroy a dying land…
Sounds somewhat prophetic doesn’t it? By any means, the latest novel by Robert Jordan (since deceased), and Wheel of Time newcomer author Brandon Sanderson, fits the claim. (Warning: the following review does contain some spoilers, especially if you have NOT read the previous titles) Whereas previous Wheel of Time novels have been long, drawn out affairs where absolutely nothing happens (See Evidence: Book Ten – Crossroads of Twilight), Sanderson has managed to continue the best of Robert Jordan’s writing in The Gathering Storm.
Review: Lamb – Christopher Moore
Those of you who have read the Bible or have at least seen the movie Dogma may be aware that in the Bible the story of the life of Jesus goes from his birth to approximately 30 years later. In his book Lamb, Moore takes on the task of telling the story of what occurred during those years, told through Joshua’s (i.e. Jesus; see text for explanation) sarcastic and perverted sidekick, Biff.
I’m not going to waste my time or yours with warnings or apologies about the content of this book. It’s a comedic story of the life of Christ. That should tell you all you need to know in that regards. Regardless of your creed or philosophy, if this concept offends you, don’t read it. If the idea intrigues you, read on. I, for one, was not disappointed. Continue reading “Review: Lamb – Christopher Moore”
The Basement Purge – Short Story
The Basement Purge is a screenplay/short story about toys in a basement trying to avoid ending up on the selling block at a yard sale… Read on to learn more!
We’re starting to add a new function to Modern Papyrus that embraces the other side of literature – writing. Modern Papyrus authors will be adding their short stories to the website in the following days and weeks. Take a look and check it out! 🙂 Please remember, all content created here is original and should not be used without the express permission and agreement of the authors.
The Basement Purge
Characters: Clay person, lion king animal, micro machine, legos, large army man, children, adult as hands/moving boxes
Scene opens on a cluttered basement: A pair of hands moves boxes around, a slow pan centers on a pile labeled “for yard sale” the pan continues, passing a box of army men, animals, scattered legos, other debris…
Narrator/Clay Person: Every spring, in households near and far, comes a tradition that causes grief in many a toy’s heart. The Spring Yard sale.
Camera focuses in on one particular box….tilts down to focus inside box.
Lego man walks over to large army man.
Lego: Did you hear the news? The Petersons are at it again. This is the third yard sale in three years! They’re trying to get rid of all of us!
Army Man: Ever since Bradley left for college, they’ve been down here, purging us, sending us away, donating us! It’s horrible! I heard that Game Boy got sold to that kid down the street, you know the one who can’t keep anything in one piece? And Sue, the stuffed bear, got donated to charity. The Big truck took her!
Lego man: We gotta warn the others. Lets get outta here. (Builds stairs with legos)
New Review Coming Soon!
Hello all, Double Alias here. Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’ll be finishing the book The Mysterious Benedict Society very shortly. A New York Times Bestseller, the book is somewhat of a cross between Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Can’t wait to share my review with you!
Review: The Dresden Files
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files offers up a unique blend of urban fantasy and action-packed detective fiction. Butcher effortlessly rolls humor, excitement, and heart wrenching emotion into every book and always leaves you wanting more. The series chronicles the adventures of wizard and private investigator Harry Dresden and his endless efforts to protect his friends and the innocents of Chicago against the supernatural. From vigilante werewolves to pissed-off skinwalkers to lecherous spirits, the Dresden Files has it all, and then some. Continue reading “Review: The Dresden Files”
Littlewolf reporting for duty
Hey all, this is Littlewolf joining the Modern Papyrus team. Currently I’m immersing myself into Christopher Moore’s novel of blasphemous hilarity: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Stay tuned for a full review as soon as I finish reading.
In the mean time, I’ll be doing some postings reviewing a few series in their entirety. Inspired by Double Alias’s review of Jim Butcher’s Changes, I’ll be starting with a review of the Dresden Files for those who have not yet been introduced to this amazing series. Until then, Littlewolf over and out.