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”
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.
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.
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!
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”
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.
Hey all, Glisten here. Just wanted to let you know that I’m almost done reading Eat, Pray, Love, and I’ll aim to have a review up on it before Friday! (when the movie comes out) So check back before Friday to learn what all the buzz is about! See ya soon!
A review of the novel Changes by Jim Butcher
This week we’ll be taking a look at the book Changes by bestselling author Jim Butcher, who is one of our favorite authors here at M.P. His fast-paced, witty and charming first person narrative accounts of Harry Dresden’s actions as Wizard, Private Eye, Warden (Magic Police Officer, Judge, Jury, and Soldier all rolled into one) keep readers coming back for more. I’ll admit plainly that, after reading the first book on recommendation from a friend, I went out and bought/rented the next 10 – whoops says my bank account. Anyways, Changes is the latest novel in the Dresden series, and like its name implies, everything you know about Harry will change.
Welcome all to the first post of Modern Papyrus, a blog dedicated to two of my favorite things in life, books and travel. We’ll share our thoughts and ideas about some of our favorite books, and also take requests for reading and discussion from any and all. In time, we hope to provide a venue for discussion, idea creation, short story challenges, and other exciting things! So let us know what you want, and we’ll give it to you (Provided of course, its not something we don’t want to give to you!)
Love – The Modern Papyrus Team