If I Run

9780310332442Genre: Mystery/thriller/suspense

Author: Terri Blackstock

Pages: 319

Recommended for: Christian and non Christian readers who enjoy a clean murder mystery or police investigation.

NOT recommended for: People who like to read the end of the book first or skim readers. Also not for those who are easily affected by blood or trauma.

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Melville and In the Heart of the Sea

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I know this isn’t a book, but it is a movie based on a book and also indirectly concerns a writer. The first half of this post is a basic summary of the movie’s plot in case you’re interested in seeing it, and the second half is my thoughts on a couple ideas this movie provoked. Although many people didn’t care for the movie, I loved it due to the inspiration it gave me as a writer. In the heart of the Sea made me consider two things: the need for a story’s purpose/writer’s passion and the self-belief in one’s own ability. Continue reading

Peter Pan-Hero or Villain?

“Would you like to have an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?”

-Peter Pan

Most who hear the name Peter Pan first think of Disney’s portrayal of the boy from Neverland who never grew up. He was adventurous and heroic–the good guy. He was the main character, so why wouldn’t he be good?

I decided to read the original story after watching the movie Pan that was released Fall 2015. I was curious to see if perhaps any of the story about Pan and Hook meeting in the movie was in the book or just added. And so I picked up the book based on the original play by J. M. Barrie only to be shocked not by answers I didn’t find but rather by how much I didn’t like Peter Pan’s character.

You’ll enjoy this book if you enjoyed these:

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Genre: Children’s fiction

Author: J. M. Barrie

Pages: 200

Recommended for: Children or children at heart who love magic, pirates, and fairies. Also for anyone who loves to use their imagination and doesn’t take life too seriously.

Not recommended for: Adults–you know, the ones who grew up. They would find the book childish, silly, and absolute poppycock.

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Bohemian Gospel


You’ll enjoy this book if you watch these:

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Bohemian Gospel

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Genre: fantasy fiction

Author: Dana Chamblee Carpenter

Pages: 364

Recommended for: readers who are interested in magic, medieval fiction, adventure with a hint of romance, or the Church in medieval times.

NOT recommended for: readers who can get grossed out by blood, are sensitive to either animal or human deaths/harm, or are afraid of the dark/demons. If you do read this, be prepared to skim through a couple scenes as needed.

3.5 rating

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