Three Ways To Trap A Leprechaun {Book Review}

A boisterous red-haired older sister attempts to trap a leprechaun to prove to her skeptical little brother that leprechauns are real. She exuberantly creates Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions to pursue the leprechaun. Characters’ expressions are expertly illustrated. Delightful vocabulary and occasional internal rhyme. Some Fenians might object to the overuse of the four-leafed clover rather than … More Three Ways To Trap A Leprechaun {Book Review}

Outside Over There; OR Goblin Weddings, Changelings, and the Otherworld

I’d shelved the book numerous times as a Children’s Librarian. But it took Victor LaValle’s creepy New York modern fairy tale, The Changeling, to get me to open its pages and actually read it.  (It looks vaguely familiar; perhaps I had opened it when scouring the shelves for a book to read aloud for storytime … More Outside Over There; OR Goblin Weddings, Changelings, and the Otherworld

Best Acknowledgement Page Ever! [Magic For Liars]

We’ve all seen the Academy Awards: “I’d like to thank my agent, the director, the producer, and my parents for believing in me . . .”  The music starts to play if they talk too long. Sarah Gailey, in their acknowledgements page for their 2019 book Magic For Liars, gives us the best Acknowledgements I’ve ever … More Best Acknowledgement Page Ever! [Magic For Liars]

Changelings, Trolls, and Vampires [Book Review of Victor LaValle’s The Changeling]

Folklore meets the modern world in Victor Lavalle’s enthralling book The Changeling. A stunning achievement, The Changeling is well-crafted literary fantasy, full of suspense, emotion, and wit. Although obviously folklore-infused, Lavalle’s book is more horror or psychological thriller than fantasy or urban fantasy (which I personally found disappointing).  Other readers will have different preferences and … More Changelings, Trolls, and Vampires [Book Review of Victor LaValle’s The Changeling]

A Mystery-Solving Orthodox Nun [Book Review of SISTER PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG]

Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog is a fun romp, a book in the clergy-detective genre, set in 19th Century Russia and featuring the Orthodox nun, Pelagia, and her spiritual father, Bishop Mitrofanii. The conceit of the books is that Pelagia solves the mysteries, but the public credits them to Bishop Mitrofanii and assumes his … More A Mystery-Solving Orthodox Nun [Book Review of SISTER PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG]

Looking For Faith Amid Buried Bones

Faith: it’s a recurring theme in Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway Mysteries. Forensic anthropologist / archaeologist Ruth Galloway muses upon faith in just about every installment of the series.  Detective Nelson’s Catholic faith is contrasted against her own post-Evangelical agnosticism. She sometimes envies the nontraditional beliefs of her eccentric friend Cathbad, a druid with a bit … More Looking For Faith Amid Buried Bones