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Author Beth Revis

I write books about space and blowing things up in space.

Libyrinth

Libyrinth - Pearl North I bought this book primarily because of the Maria Snyder endorsement--I found Maria's STUDY books to be so addicting that any endorsement by her was enough for me!It did strike me as perfect, too, as I read and saw just how addicting North's work is. LIBYRINTH had that same unputdownable quality as POISON STUDY had--something unexplainably gripping that made me want to not put the book down until I finished.North has built a new world here from the ground up--sort of. Clearly the world of LIBYRINTH is some sort of alternate/futuristic/dystopic world that spins from our own. There are things (most notably the books and character names) that come directly from our world. But this is not a world in the recognizable near future. This world often refers to the Ancients--but these Ancients are clearly people far more advanced than we are today.Think of it cyclically--our world is superseded by a more technologically powerful one, which in turn falls, but from the remains, a new world emerges and, eventually, that is the world of LIBYRINTH.But beyond the world, there's a truly unique plot as well. First of all, you have the characters interacting with the world which, in itself, would be fascinating. Their customs, religions, and ideas are all so uniquely presented. Take, for example, Illysies, where women rule over men (not in a cliched way, but in a very day-to-day way. Preference is given to women. A homely male characater worries about finding a woman who will marry him and allow him to give her daughters. All presented in a very clear, matter of fact way, that makes the world very realistic.)Religion plays a hugely important role in the book, yet it never felt overtly preachy to me (which is quite an accomplishment). LIBYRINTH is a world where religion has shifted and changed and become something almost unrecognizable...almost. And although the religion in LIBYRINTH is entirely specific to the fictitious world (I don't really see, for example, a real world equivalent to the religions presented here; I don't think North was mocking or satirizing or even emulating a current world religion), it also made me think about, question, and affirm religion in the real world.I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys unique, addicting story lines. This is even more highly recommended to people who just love books--and for people who like to think a bit while they read.
Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder Oh, this is brilliant. Well crafted, tight plot, just the right amount of action and romance. Loved it--couldn't put it down.

The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow I got this via audio book, and started listening to it while cleaning house. All I'll say is that I ended up hunched over the sink, sobbing.Do yourself a favor. Read this book. You'll feel more human afterwards.
Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit - Sean Hepburn Ferrer A beautiful biography of a beautiful woman by her son. The opening lines of this book are almost as poignant as the closing ones.
Night - Marion Wiesel, Elie Wiesel Read this book. Every person on Earth should. It defines humanity--and inhumanity--and may just be the single most important book written in the modern age.
The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory Look, I love the Tudor dynasty. Love love love it. Even got a minor in history just because I kept taking classes on it.So, I know this novel isn't always historically accurate. I know. But boy do I not care. It's just so much darn fun!
The Other Side of the Sun - Madeleine L'Engle This book will stay with you like the memory of an old friend.
Reluctant God - Pamela F. Service Ah. I love this book. When an Egyptian prince is awoken by a modern teen, they must find a sacred object to save what the prince holds dear. If you like Egypt, if you like just a dash of romance, if you like a book that makes you happy and sad at the same time, this is for you. A great read!
The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer, Larry Dean Benson If you're looking for some Chaucer, this is the best, most comprehensive collection of his work. If you're not looking for some Chaucer, well, then this book would just be a silly choice.
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe I read this in Ms. Washburn's 10th grade English class...and it stayed with me forever. This book tells the story of Africa before colonization--and what happens when one man cannot deal with his loss of power in the introduction of colonization.

The Dust of 100 Dogs

The Dust of 100 Dogs - A.S. King I loved how the story went back and forth between different perspectives. A totally different style and hook that grabbed me. In the end, my only real quibble with the story is that I wanted more of the dogs.

The Road

The Road - Cormac McCarthy This book is lauded for a reason. It's dark and creepy and beautiful Although I think that All the Pretty Horses is the better McCarthy novel, this one is brilliant in its own right.

Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly - Gail Carson Levine This book is good for younger readers first trying out their chops in writing.
The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis I love Narnia. And I loved how, after reading most of the other books, I was able to go back and read this prequel. Definitely do not read the series in the order most collections put it. Although this book does tell the origins of Narnia, it is NOT the first book written, and I loved reading them in the order published--seeing the pieces of Narnia fall into place was like learning a secret.
The Horse and His Boy - C.S. Lewis People tend to hate this one, but I love it. This book of Narnia takes place entirely in Narnia (there's no traveling back and forth from England or other worlds), and that is, for me, one of the endearing qualities of it. I liked the immersion into the Narnian world.
A Grief Observed - C.S. Lewis This is the book for loss. Putting loss (especially the death of a loved one) in gentle perspective, Lewis recognizes and acknowledges grief. Unlike some books that are too positive (It'll be OK!) or too peppy, this book recognizes that grief is real. It doesn't preach about how to get over it--it's like a good friend who just lets you cry.