Friday Review: Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures by Noah Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 starsAt 52 years of age, Noah Adams, NPR host and news reporter, decided to buy a piano and learn to play. This lovely little book chronicles his first year as a piano student, with all the ups and downs, triumphant moments and frustrating setbacks. It's also a love story to … Continue reading Friday Review: Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures by Noah Adams

Friday (Movie)Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

This will be brief because I am going to try to avoid spoilers for the many who have yet to see it. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Maybe a bit plot thin in spots, but there is enough character, action, humor, and, yes, sadness to keep the movie from dragging. It draws on all of the … Continue reading Friday (Movie)Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Friday Review: The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Ellen Dalow and Terri Windling, Editors

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Green Man is a mythic figure that recurs in many different forms in many different folklores. He goes by many names, but he is the embodiment of Nature and its power. In this anthology, Datlow and Windling have gathered some of the best fantasy writers of the day to … Continue reading Friday Review: The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Ellen Dalow and Terri Windling, Editors

Friday Review: Sleepwalking Backwards by Catherine Zebrowski

My rating: 4 of 5 starsAmanda is 23, gifted at mathematics, teaching at the local university, and living with her fiancĂ©. She has an obsession with astronomy and what some call an overactive imagination. When she and her fiancĂ© break up, she decides to move to a family cabin that she has loved her whole … Continue reading Friday Review: Sleepwalking Backwards by Catherine Zebrowski

Friday Review: The Thief Trap (Cloak Games #1) by Jonathan Moeller

My rating: 4 of 5 starsNadia Moran is a thief, and a very good one, at that. Her employer, an elven lord, keeps her in his service because Nadia's younger brother is victim of a rare disease that only the elves can cure. And if Nadia doesn't do what Morvillind wants, he will not give … Continue reading Friday Review: The Thief Trap (Cloak Games #1) by Jonathan Moeller

Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 starsJohn Perry just turned 75, so he did what any self-respecting 75-year-old would: he visited his wife's grave, and joined the army. Technically, he joined the Colonial Defense Force (CDF). In this Earth future universe, the CDF doesn't want young, inexperienced recruits. They want those with the knowledge, experience, and … Continue reading Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

Friday Review: Duck Duck Gator by Ken Wheaton

My rating: 4 of 5 starsNew York city boy and recent heart transplant recipient Tony Battaglia is a reality-TV editor for one of the hottest reality TV shows around, the Cajun Louisiana based "Gator Guys". When it becomes known that Tony's new heart belonged to a recently deceased cast member of the show, he finds … Continue reading Friday Review: Duck Duck Gator by Ken Wheaton

Friday Review: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this twisty thriller, Lisa Jewell weaves the lives of three people together in a web of secrecy and misconceptions. Owen Pick is in his thirties, never married, living in his aunt's house. He is dismissed from his teaching job after several students allege sexual misconduct. Desperate and alone, he … Continue reading Friday Review: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Friday Review: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this historical fantasy, Kay once again takes us on a journey through time. Fifteen-year-old Ned Marriner is in Aix-au-Provence with his celebrated photographer father. Edward Marriner is photographing local places for an upcoming book. While his father and his assistant, Melanie, are working on shooting the exterior of a … Continue reading Friday Review: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

Friday Review: Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this third installment of Carriger's paranormal steampunk series, Alexia has been kicked out by her werewolf husband because she's pregnant and werewolves are known to be sterile. She has returned to her family, but things have never been overly familial there, and when the news of her "predicament" becomes … Continue reading Friday Review: Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger