5 stars I think this was my favorite Oz book that I have read to date (this being book six in the fifteen book Oz series). All of the delightful characters return as Dorothy and her crew head out on another adventure through the land of Oz. This book follows a journey motif of going out and returning and on the way all sorts of adventures filled with odd inhabitants take place - not to mention the unfolding of a great battle for the Emerald City itself. This book is filled with Baum's playful wit and puns.
5 stars There is a reason this book is a classic; a master storyteller writing a playful and riveting tale of boyhood. As Twain wrote at 71, "It is a pity we can not escape from life when we are young." With the idyllic characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, Twain has offered such an escape to enter within. This was the perfect summer read.
"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But then I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there and for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music. Sometimes you have to watch someboday love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way. I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened."
from the "Author's Note" in Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Text by: Harry Lee Poe / Photographs by: James Ray Veneman
5 stars If you are looking for an engaging and yet quick read on the Inklings (and particularly the friendship of Lewis & Tolkien) this is a book to grab. It is a fast read - I finished it the day I picked it up - it is put together in a souvenir or coffee table book format. Poe is a great writer and the visual tour of Oxford through Veneman's lens takes you into the world of these great authors. I highly recommend this quick biographical sketch. The book also includes an appendix that lays out a few walking tours around Oxford in the steps of the Inklings
4 stars Although I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one (The Princess and the Goblin), I still thought it to be a wonderful continuation of the story of Curdie and Princess Irene. MacDonald indeed knows how to do fairy tale. What I felt to be somewhat a slow middle emerged into an action packed ending. Here is a book lined with spiritual truth and good storytelling.
4 stars Pixar has done it again - they are the masters of storytelling and this movie does not disappoint - in terms of both adult and child sensibilities. There were a couple of slow points but all-in-all the movie was a great tale filled with adventure and some very poignant scenes. The character development, delightful animation, and overall message were well crafted.
5 stars Anne Rice has written a bold and ambitious book. She writes the novel with Jesus speaking in the first person. I must say she did is beautifully. I ended the book with a sense of how appealing Jesus really is. She brings to the surface the humanity of Christ while not neglecting his divinity. I think this would be a great book for anyone who has heard the stories of the Gospel and has come to find them dull and dry. Rice's portrayal of Jesus in the flesh caused me to look back at the sacred text with new eyes and with a deeper appreciation of the larger story of Jesus' life and ministry. I loved the way she created a back story for the Gospel story—even if it didn’t happen the way she envisioned it, it was still a powerful reminder that something must have taken up many of Jesus’ hours that are lost to history.
This book is a sequel to Christ the Lord: Out Of Egypt but can be read alone.