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Title: Annals of the Western Shore
By: Ursula K. Le Guin
While there are three books in the Annals of the Western Shore, and certain characters make more than one appearance, this is not a conventional trilogy. Rather, each book focuses on a different society within the larger geographic region of the “Western Shore.” Ursula K. Le Guin's father was the ... [Read more]
Posted by Xenon on July 26, 2014
Tags: fiction, teen fiction
Title: The Universe, the Gods, and Men: Ancient Greek Myths
By: Jean-Pierre Vernant
Vernant, a Classics professor, used to tell his grandson Greek legends as bedtime stories—and he'd really tell them, not read them. He also told some of the same stories, in the same fashion, to friends who forced him to promise to write down what he'd told them. To Vernant, the ... [Read more]
Posted by Xenon on May 15, 2014
Title: Raven Girl
By: Audrey Niffenegger
Raven Girl is an illustrated fairy tale for adults. Somehow, a postman and a raven have a child together. When the egg hatches, their daughter has the body of a human but can only speak in Raven. Her main goal in life is one day to be able to fly, ... [Read more]
Posted by Xenon on Dec. 1, 2013
Tags: graphic novel
Title: Voice of the Fire
By: Alan Moore
Alan Moore is best known for his graphic novels that have been butchered by Hollywood (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc.). He is less known for being a practicing occultist and for his single “conventional” novel, Voice of the Fire. To be clear, I'm using “conventional” with regard to the medium ... [Read more]
Posted by Xenon on Oct. 19, 2013
Tags: fiction, science fiction
Title: A Star Called Henry
By: Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle's A Star Called Henry is the story of the Irish War for Independence and Civil War, told through the cocky first-person narrative of a rebellious former Dublin street urchin. Henry's father was a one-legged brothel bouncer and underworld enforcer who specialized in caving in skulls with his wooden ... [Read more]
By: Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin's Lavinia is a retelling of Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid. The story is told from the point of view of Lavinia, the native Latin princess whom the Trojan Aeneas marries, but who does not speak a word in the Aeneid. What's interesting about the book is ... [Read more]
Posted by Xenon on July 16, 2013
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