Archives for: "December 2008"

Book of the Month - January, 2009

December 23rd, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But… more »

December 22nd, 2008
The gentlemen among my readers will smile to themselves and say that women never did understand business, but the ladies may agree with me that Mrs Brandy understood her business very well, for the chief business of Mrs Brandy's life was to make Stephen… more »

Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb

December 17th, 2008
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts… more »

December 16th, 2008
"Life is too huge and complex. The world is so overgrown that it can't lift its own fingers, and I was planning to be such an important finger --" more »

Black Powder War - Naomi Novik

December 15th, 2008
After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased… more »

December 5th, 2008
"And any place can be artistic," Garp later wrote, "if there's an artist working there." more »

Book of the Month - December, 2008

December 3rd, 2008
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson Tree of Smoke is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA -- engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong -- and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young… more »