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Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts #3
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,260. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
With the invention of a serum that prevents most people infected with the zombie sickness from becoming raving cannibals, Victorian society finds itself in need of more standards. Alice Lidell, an imaginative, upper-class girl, chafes under them, not understanding the reasons she's forbidden from doing the things she loves. Enter Charles Dodgson--and his magnificent, secret, subversive stories.
Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts #2
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,130. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
With the invention of a serum that prevents most people infected with the zombie sickness from becoming raving cannibals, Victorian society finds itself in need of more standards. Alice Lidell, an imaginative, upper-class girl, chafes under them, not understanding the reasons she's forbidden from doing the things she loves. Enter Charles Dodgson--and his magnificent, secret, subversive stories.
Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts #1
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
With the invention of a serum that prevents most people infected with the zombie sickness from becoming raving cannibals, Victorian society finds itself in need of more standards. Alice Lidell, an imaginative, upper-class girl, chafes under them, not understanding the reasons she's forbidden from doing the things she loves. Enter Charles Dodgson--and his magnificent, secret, subversive stories.
The Secret of the Cellar
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Elly always gets stuck with entertaining her relatives while their parents talk to her mom. Blah, blah, blah. It goes on for hours. But this time, she worked and worked to make a special surprise for her visiting cousins...a haunted house in the basement! With a super-duper, extra-gross surprise in the spooky cellar.
The Whispering Tree
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
If only the best writer of his generation, Richard O’Shea, had come down clearly on one side or the other between the horror and fantasy genres, none of this would have happened. But he didn’t, and now both worlds play dirty to get his soul. The fairy lands send their queen: a lusty, foul-mouthed punk with glitter and sex in her eyes. Hell sends something darker.
Exotics #3: The Subterranean Sanctuary
By De Kenyon
Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,620. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Returning home again after the terrible events at Xanadu House, Rachael Baptiste has learned not to trust humans...because they might be part of the Lighthouse Parents, a hostile group out to arrest and destroy the Exotics.
Oracle of Strangers
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Didi can find anything she wants...except friendship. Wherever she goes, strangers tell her how to locate anything, from the perfect pair of jeans to carrying out the perfect crime. But love? Friendship? Her power can’t seem to handle things that most people find easy.
In the Groves of Lord Satsuma
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Even more than she wishes to destroy the celestial invaders who have killed her husband, Lady Satsuma wishes to destroy the peasant who usurped his place, even over her own sons. A small victory brings the people joy, and they celebrate. But the insolent peasant knows no limits to his “celebration.” What will the Lady choose? Justice, or revenge?
Winter Fruit
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Adrienne hides a secret face from the world: she craves eating with an insatiable, magical hunger. Only her husband, Miklos, an undertaker, knows the truth. And yet loves her, passionately. Because of her appetites, not in spite of them. Then Miklos dies of a heart attack, leaving Adrienne vulnerable to those who want to take advantage of her secret...
Be Good
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Laurie Lee can only watch across the fields as the tornado comes barrelling down on the Home, a place where parents send their kids when they’ve been bad--a place from which her Pa has been saving runaways for years. In the destruction, she finds a choice: stand up for what’s right...or “be good.”
Guinea Pig Apocalypse
By De Kenyon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Galileo’s mad-scientist parents have done it again: invented something that got completely out of control. This time, it’s a matter replicator in their basement. And a squirrel army out to get rid of the humans. And lots...and LOTS of Guinea pigs out of sewage. Yuck!
A Ghost Unseen
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
The realtor told her the house was haunted by the ghost of a four-year-old kid who’d drowned in the pool in the 1960s. But that’s not why she bought the house: she’d bought it because the front room had a gorgeous bay window...and was painted the color of spattered blood.
Red Meat Riding Hood
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Once upon a time in a forest so far away as to be entirely unlike the forests that you get around here, a little girl realized that it was time to grow up and go out into the world, despite the best intentions of everyone around her. A surreal retelling of a young woman’s journey through an unknown and unknowable forest.
The Boy Who Would Not Sleep
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Just before the men in Nickolas's family grow up, they fall into a deep sleep...and serve a local dragon in their dreams. Tired of being teased, Nickolas makes a vow: he will not sleep. Now he's learning the consequences of disobeying a dragon...
The Mighty Mountain of Theornin
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Astra knows what she’s good at: thieving, tricking, and hitting people with rocks. Especially the mayor’s bullying son, after he makes fun of her. She also knows what she’s not good at: being a girl. Not the kind of girl that lives in the tiny mountain village of Theornin, anyway. So logically that means making Wizard Jorphen change her into a boy.
Beware the Easter Moon
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Colin’s tired of his mean, bullying Grandpa stealing kids’ chocolate Easter eggs. So he hatches a plan to make his Grandpa eat one of last year’s Easter eggs. One of the regular kind. That stinks when it gets rotten. It was a terrible plan. But it was also a great plan. He just shouldn’t have gone outside at the farm to get the egg on the night of the full moon before Easter.
The Girl and the Genie
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
In this fairy tale, a girl finds a magic bottle with a genie inside (she can tell there’s a genie inside, because she can see it having adventures), but the genie won’t come out to give her wishes. What does she do? She goes inside... (For children 8 to 12 years old.)
Exotics #2: Xanadu House
By De Kenyon
Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,360. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
(4.00)
After saving her half-human, half-animal friends, Rachael comes down with the Exotics virus. As a new Exotic, Rachael can’t control the change, so she travels to a safe place for Exotics in danger—Xanadu House. Xanadu is owned by an aunt that Rachael never knew she had, and who will protect any Exotic, no matter what side they’re on. But is Xanadu House as safe as it seems?
Alien Blue
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,190. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Bill Trout didn’t mean to get involved with aliens. He just wanted to run his brewery and mind his own business. But that ain’t the way things worked out, and now he’s got some bodies to bury, an alien to hide, and his best friend to talk some sense into. Except Mayor Jack ain’t one for sense. Nothing for it but to make some beer...
Paid
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,500. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
First published in Crossed Genres #30, "Luck." Time travel in a multiverse sounded great…except that some of inventor Beauregard’s alternate selves aren’t so nice. Now he’s a private dick hiring himself out to try to clean up the mess he made. And, of course, trying to get paid.
My Mom Ate My Homework
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Aya's mom just told her to pick up her stuff for the 1,001th time...she was almost going to pick it up for reals, but then her mom gets turned into a cleanicidal vacuum cyborg. And now Aya's almost late for school...
People Juice
By Diane R. Thompson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
If there’s one thing that can ruin your workday, it’s getting harassed. Beautiful, blonde Jackie has figured out how to handle it—most of the time. But last Friday she almost got snagged in the parking lot by a guy in a hoodie wearing too much aftershave, and now she’s out for revenge.
The Test
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,660. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Mari von Ingler is good for nothing, not making sausages or sewing a straight line or anything of use in her village, so her father arranges for her to be an apprentice to a mage...but only if she can pass the mage’s test.
Ebooks 101: Beginning Formatting
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,580. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Nonfiction
So you’re thinking about selling ebooks, but you don’t know where to start, what ebook software to use, or how to format an ebook. Using this book, you will learn to format your ebooks, what materials you need, and where to publish. For beginning users only. Includes checklists, step-by-step instructions, and templates.
Exotics #1: The Floating Menagerie
By De Kenyon
Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,210. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
(4.00)
When Rachael's mom disappears and she finds out that her second-grade classmate Raul might know something about it, she follows him into a trap and is kidnapped onto a mysterious ship along with a group of kids who can turn into magical animals--Exotics. She has to find a way to escape the ship and rescue the Exotics who are waiting to be sold as pets...or are they?
The Procrustean Mirror
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Tom tracked his wife as far as the Zorcico before he ran out of leads. Now the bartender’s trying to tell him he can either have what’s in an old wooden box, or he can find out what Betty was coming to the dive bar for. “What’s in the box?” he asks. “Your marriage.”
The Cliff House
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Ardahl is a weaver of magic and demons—of the power that flows through the land. But he’s a prisoner of the land as much as its master, a prisoner of the Cliff House, where the ruler of the land always keeps a trapped magician to summon water for the people. Now the land has twisted near the breaking point to feed them…but the princessa won’t let Ardahl stop squeezing it. Squeezing it dry.
Threads of Life, Threads of Guilt
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Mattie’s ready to give up when her twin, Matt, drags her to Casa Eva, reputed to be St. Augustine’s “fountain of youth” for cancer patients. But can she be cured of losing her will to live?
Creators of Small Worlds
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Andrea had one chance to talk to Chris Demoulin before he unleashed horror on Las Vegas—and failed. Now the question isn’t, “could she have stopped him?” but, “can she keep stop herself from becoming just like him?”
The Woods Behind Grandmother's House
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,280. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Ellen warned her fiance Philip not to get involved with the Rockford brothers. But now he has gone with them down a dark path heavy with deadfalls and demons, and only she can bring him back.
Hand of Glory
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,060. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
When you're in an online gaming guild, when the leader says to kill, you kill. You show up on time or you get kicked. You do the job. And you never break loyalty, no matter how much drama is going on.
The Vengeance Quilt
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,090. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
God’s work weighs on Sebastian, a new priest, harder than most. But dealing with demons is his penance, and God never makes a burden harder than you can carry. Or so he believes when the rivalry between two of his parishioners spirals into the supernatural. A Weird West tale.
Tales Told Under the Covers: Zombie Girl Invasion & Other Stories
By De Kenyon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 50,290. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Ten tales of death, invasions from other realms, bullies, babysitters, liars, and the brave kids who fight back. Zombie girls who have to hide, lest they get eaten by bigger zombies. Food that bites back. Wizards who are scared of their own power. Murdered (and murderous) pets. Secret superpowers. And that last, great voyage into the unknown.
The Edge of the World
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,100. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
When Jack was a kid, he was kidnapped by fairies. Sounds great, right? Except surviving the fairies was hell. Jack only escaped with the help of his best friend, Felix. Now his kidnapper’s dead, and Felix has come to take Jack back to the fairies...
Basement Noir
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Everybody's got some hidden faces they don't show the world...but what happens when they start killing each other off? P.I. Spade is created out of dreams and memories to investigate the the murder of a personality, only to learn that the crime he was sent to investigate isn't the one he needs to solve.
Miracle, Texas
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50)
The man rode into Amazon Valley the same way they all did, blindfolded, hooded, and with his hands tied behind his back. Men were trouble, and Justine liked them that way. A Weird West tale.
Goddess of the Floods
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
The gods can build in a single night a tower that would require the toil of many men over many seasons. Balathu, chief of scribes, brings the King’s offerings to the gods. Balathu is a virtuous man, but the tools of the gods—a mysterious woman, made of water, and forbidden to any man’s touch—are lovely in his sight, and in the sight of the King. Truly, weak men are always seized by fate.
Blind Spot
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
When everyone else looks at “The Mirror of the World Without You,” they see art--art that removes them from reality. When Thomas looks at it, he sees technology...and danger to the artist behind it. He offers Maxine a sweet deal to come and work for his VR company, but she refuses--she’d been used before. But without his protection, who else will try to take possession of her?
Devil Mountain
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,850. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
The alien called him her beloved devil for tempting her away from her brood and tried to make him promise not to take revenge if the other humans didn't understand their love. Now he’s on top of Devil Mountain, looking down at the town that murdered his wife, and he has no promises to keep.
Monsoon
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50)
Too old to flirt with the Norwegian meditation teacher. Too young for menopause.
Things You Don't Want But Have to Take
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
Madeline lived an ordinary life, married to a company man, staying home all day to help out at church, bake cookies, and pretend that she had never been anything but a housewife. Then the past comes back to haunt her: a box, carefully taped up, containing a horror that she’d never be able to get rid of, never be able to hide from. Not for long.
Chance Damnation: A Tale of the Weird West
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 82,550. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50)
A little girl with the power of a God. Invaders from another world. When demons rewrite history on the Great Plains, three brothers follow one of their own into a strange Hell to change it back.
Letters to Thorbin
By Brittney Wentzel
Price: Free! Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00)
August 5, 2010, was the best and the worst day of my life. On that day I married my best friend, my rock, my hero—and on the same day we lost our son, Thorbin, at 14 weeks due to heart complications. I wanted to share my story of this past year in hope of helping others who have gone though the same thing as we have.
Family Gods
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
A young soldier returns from a war to bury his mother, only to find that his wife has betrayed him. Now, in order to save his daughter from the same conflagration that consumed his mother, he has to learn how to tame the rage inside him...a rage made stronger and more violent by the family god, a god of murder, fire, and anger that has haunted them for generations.
The Society of Secret Cats
By De Kenyon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50)
What if cats were really there to guard your dreams? Lost in the Forest of Dreams, the dashing, handsome cat Ferntail must rescue his human girl from her horrible nightmares, nightmares that come from outside her mind. Will a mysterious and beautiful cat from The Society of Secret Cats help lead them out of the forest...or further astray?
Lanes of the Living Dead
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
It ain’t easy being divorced. But Bart’s ex-wife’s lawyer, also a voodoo priest, didn’t make it any easier.
How to Fail & Keep on Writing
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,960. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Nonfiction
Afraid of rejections? So afraid that you never put your stories in the mail? This book will show you how to overcome fear of failure when It comes to writing, submitting, and publishing your fiction.
The Debt: A Zombie Tale
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
He hired Dr. Skalos to put his brother to rest. He paid and paid and paid, yet still his brother walks, and hungers...
Mother & Child
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
A family that goes on separate vacations in virtual reality...only to find that the mom won't come back. A girl who finds her life's calling not in nurturing, dolls or motherhood, but in a classmate's pain. A mother who refuses to let her daughter get judged on a so-called Judgment Day. Three short stories of mothers, children, and the uncanny bonds between them.
Abominable
By DeAnna Knippling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction
You’re just a guy who fell in love. Fell in love with a woman and got her pregnant. And married her. And helped her rebuild her family farm. And had a kid. And...and now she’s leaving you. You need something to ease the pain. You need something warm. The only problem is that you’re not the only one. Something’s outside in the snowstorm...and wants to get in.
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  • Dark Faith on Jan. 23, 2011
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    Note - I read slush for Apex; this is an Apex book. A collection of short stories related to faith. Some of them went for the cheap tricks, but here were some of my favorites: The Mad Eyes of the Heron King - Richard Dansky. All herons are the Heron King. Scrawl - Tom Piccirilli. About a humble writer of porn. Cracked me up. The Days of Flaming Motorcycles - Catherynne Valente. Borders on the edge of hipsterism but still shines. Sandboys - Richard Wright. Two boys made out of sand on the seashore. It's a good thing when you read a collection and go, "Not bad," after you finish a story. None of these were quite immortal, but definitely on the high side of very good.
  • Walter's Bucket List on April 13, 2011
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    Warning! Spoiler in next paragraph! This was a woman's version of the beginning of the movie Up, and I thought it was very sweet. The middle slowed me, like a series of pictures flying by, but the end more than made up for it.
  • Shattered - A Wizard's Work Book One on April 27, 2011
    star star star star
    Disclaimer: I know Mark. We met at a story-marketing workshop, and over the course of the workshop, he kept using his book as an example in his questions. By the time the workshop was over, I was sold. It's my reader candy...fantasy, intrigue, yeah. My kind of thing. What you have here is a high-fantasy novel that's not so much in the vein of Tolkein as it is in the vein of Stephen R. Donaldson's Mirror of Her Dreams/A Man Rides Through. Not as many plot twists (but lots of good red herrings), not as much blood (but there's a good one in there). A solid, put-your-feet-up, enjoyable fantasy book.
  • How to Cook Husbands: A Creepy Story on June 29, 2011
    star star star star star
    Hee hee hee hee! I don't want to spoil it :)
  • Beyond Reach: Book 1 of the Beyond Saga on July 07, 2011
    star star star star
    Assassins, monkeys, and true love--oh my! Solid SF Adventure in a dark vein - almost, but not quite, romantic. An enjoyable diversion :)
  • Mutable Things on Aug. 18, 2011
    star star star star
    Interesting premise, characters, lots of action (and sex). There is just nothing wrong with this book. If that was all it was, though, I probably would have blown it off. However, she gets into a lot of depth (but not preachiness) about the expectations that young women face. "Be what your lover wants you to be" isn't something that just empaths have to face. Philosophical meat to a catchy thriller. Very nice.
  • Vermin on Oct. 18, 2011
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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Get it off get it OFF! This was a straightforward but spectacularly EWWW horror short story. A couple of exterminators have to clean up a house that's rumored to be haunted and discover more than they bargained for: it's either going to be a retread or it's going to be a classic, depending on the way it's pulled off, right? It's a classic. YUCK. I hate bugs.
  • Vermin on Oct. 18, 2011
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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Get it off get it OFF! This was a straightforward but spectacularly EWWW horror short story. A couple of exterminators have to clean up a house that's rumored to be haunted and discover more than they bargained for: it's either going to be a retread or it's going to be a classic, depending on the way it's pulled off, right? It's a classic. YUCK. I hate bugs.
  • Jack Dervish, Super Spy on Dec. 04, 2011
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    In short: After Jack's superspy parents go missing, he hides in their secret lair for years...learning how to be the perfect spy. Now he has to face a terrible challenge: in order to find his parents, he has to to learn how to act like a normal kid. Jack Dervish's parents disappeared when he was four years old. He was smart enough to hide out in his parents' secret lair under the house, even after new people moved in upstairs. Living off his parents' savings and by using the Internet, Jack survived more or less alone. But on his twelfth birthday, Jack finally realizes that a) he cannot accept that his parents are dead and b) they aren't going to be able to come back on their own. He decides to go on a quest to rescue them; however, he has no idea where they could be, or what they were involved in when they left (well, he was four). He decides that the only way to search for his parents is to go into the outside world. And that means...pretending to be a normal kid. After eight years in his parents' secret hideout with nobody to talk to (except for a few people over the Internet), it won't be easy. Despite making a ton of mistakes (including deciding that "Rasputin" is a good name for a kid), Jack faces down bullies, fools the school into thinking he's from a foreign country, and makes a couple of friends that like him despite his really weird way of doing things. However, Isobel is one of the worst friends that he could have made; her father works for the Homeland Security Office...and is out to capture Jack and find the truth of where he really lives, and the source of all his gadgets. The thing is, Mr. Spencer knows something about Jack's parents...why else would he have a picture of them? I had a lot of fun reading this. Jack does not fit in, and that's what fifth grade was all about for me: being smart and not fitting in. If you enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society or the Artemis Fowl books, I highly recommend this book. I thought the beginning was a little silly--a four year old living on his own? Really?--but hey, why not? This looks like the start of a fun series. Lots of gadgets, traps, and sneaking about.
  • Fright Files: The Broken Thing on Dec. 28, 2011
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    In short: Stevie likes horror movies and books…but when he discovers a real haunted house and a real haunting, he chickens out and has to be dragged into finding out more by his best friend, Angie. What they discover is a threat to their lives and the ones they love. Stevie, a big horror movie and book fan, is also the victim of bullies in Nohope, Vermont. The bullies chase him into some woods that are supposed to be, if not haunted, then at least too creepy to be running around in. While there, Stevie finds a broken doll-thing that almost seems to move in his hand–the doll is later stolen by the bullies. Soon afterwards, Stevie’s mom gets into a car crash (she doesn’t die) trying to avoid a ghostly, broken-looking girl in the middle of the road…a girl who wants to get back something that was stolen. Stevie and his best friend Angie, another horror fan, find out that the ghost used to be a girl who lived at a house just past the creepy woods…a girl who supposedly murdered her whole family, then killed herself. Stevie’s teacher doesn’t believe in ghost stories (but likes local legends), yet recommends they talk to his dad, who has a different, even scarier opinion of the old house… Okay, admittedly, with Goosebumps, sometimes you just have to laugh. Some of the situations that people get into are just too funny, especially when compared with adult horror movies. The Broken Thing, however much it may go in the Goosebumbs category, provides a few more chills than that. What makes the thrills just slightly annoying is that there are so many cliffhangers that lead to fake-outs–it wasn’t the monster sneaking up on them, it was only his sister! kind of things. But that’s a minor quibble. The characters were fun, the action exciting, and the slow parts tinged with creepiness. A couple of silly moments…but sometimes you just have to have a little cheese with your screams.
  • Fright Files: The Broken Thing on Dec. 28, 2011
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    In short: Stevie likes horror movies and books…but when he discovers a real haunted house and a real haunting, he chickens out and has to be dragged into finding out more by his best friend, Angie. What they discover is a threat to their lives and the ones they love. Stevie, a big horror movie and book fan, is also the victim of bullies in Nohope, Vermont. The bullies chase him into some woods that are supposed to be, if not haunted, then at least too creepy to be running around in. While there, Stevie finds a broken doll-thing that almost seems to move in his hand–the doll is later stolen by the bullies. Soon afterwards, Stevie’s mom gets into a car crash (she doesn’t die) trying to avoid a ghostly, broken-looking girl in the middle of the road…a girl who wants to get back something that was stolen. Stevie and his best friend Angie, another horror fan, find out that the ghost used to be a girl who lived at a house just past the creepy woods…a girl who supposedly murdered her whole family, then killed herself. Stevie’s teacher doesn’t believe in ghost stories (but likes local legends), yet recommends they talk to his dad, who has a different, even scarier opinion of the old house… Okay, admittedly, with Goosebumps, sometimes you just have to laugh. Some of the situations that people get into are just too funny, especially when compared with adult horror movies. The Broken Thing, however much it may go in the Goosebumbs category, provides a few more chills than that. What makes the thrills just slightly annoying is that there are so many cliffhangers that lead to fake-outs–it wasn’t the monster sneaking up on them, it was only his sister! kind of things. But that’s a minor quibble. The characters were fun, the action exciting, and the slow parts tinged with creepiness. A couple of silly moments…but sometimes you just have to have a little cheese with your screams.
  • Thunderbird on Jan. 20, 2012
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    In short: Twins Janine and Justin are stuck at their father’s dinosaur-digging camp for the summer. While most kids would be thrilled, they’ve seen it all before. However, when Janine is called to find a mysterious egg for a mythological creature (the thunderbird), they’re both drawn on a quest through the regular world and the spirit world in order to save the creature from dying. When I read like a kid (I’m actually a grown up, despite what my daughter might say), I think differently than I do as an adult. Some kids’ books you can read as an adult (like Harry Potter), but some kids’ books you have to read like a kid (like Goosebumps). This book is a book you should really read as a kid, and that’s a good thing. When twins Janine and Justin take off without their father knowing where they’re going to follow a magical quest, my adult brain wanted to go, “No! Bad bad! Kids shouldn’t take off without their parents!” but it’s a book. So I turned off that part of my brain and just enjoyed the book for what it is, which is an adventure story. You know, a story in which people do stuff that they wouldn’t normally do, which, you know, most kids can figure out that they shouldn’t take off on magical quests without at least leaving their parents a note first. One thing my adult brain really got into–Justin and Janine end up making part of their lengthy journey through the spirit world. As an adult, I’ve read a lot of stuff about traveling through various spirit worlds that just leaves me bored, but the adult side of me found the spirit world described here just as interesting as my kid brain did. I really enjoyed the fact that it changes depending on who your guide is? Loved it. Fast action, not a lot of blah blah blah, good characters, interesting plot and locations: this book receives my kid-brain seal of approval.
  • The Hands of God on July 20, 2012
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    An unexpected, an unexpect-able book. It starts with a fourteen-year-old girl, Pamela, who lost her mother as well as her hands in an accident, who lives with her grandparents--a cruel grandfather who keeps her locked away from the world, and a grandmother who's lost her ability to protest. Pamela should be helpless, and in fact the author gives us a lot of detail into just how hard it is for her to deal with everyday tasks, and how that difficulty means that she's treated as less than human. But Pamela is her own person, with a talent for finding patterns in things--from horseracing to deloping new tools to help her gain more function with her arms. The details are fascinating as the author works out, step by step, how Pamela lives, thinks, and changes, blossoming from a girl with no sense of the world, to a worldly young woman (in the best sense) who can look out for herself, and even make difficult choices about not only how she wants to live her life, but how she wants to affect the world around her.
  • The Hands of God on July 20, 2012
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    An unexpected, an unexpect-able book. It starts with a fourteen-year-old girl, Pamela, who lost her mother as well as her hands in an accident, who lives with her grandparents--a cruel grandfather who keeps her locked away from the world, and a grandmother who's lost her ability to protest. Pamela should be helpless, and in fact the author gives us a lot of detail into just how hard it is for her to deal with everyday tasks, and how that difficulty means that she's treated as less than human. But Pamela is her own person, with a talent for finding patterns in things--from horseracing to deloping new tools to help her gain more function with her arms. The details are fascinating as the author works out, step by step, how Pamela lives, thinks, and changes, blossoming from a girl with no sense of the world, to a worldly young woman (in the best sense) who can look out for herself, and even make difficult choices about not only how she wants to live her life, but how she wants to affect the world around her.
  • Captive Girl on Sep. 18, 2012
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    I was expecting something different. The opening starts out with a girl, an asteroid, a sense of impending doom...space colonists have gone to inexplicable, almost illogical lengths to defend themselves, using little orphan girls (not so little now) to do their watching for them. The story didn't go where I expected it to go: no explosions, invasions, or despreate, noble self-sacrificing deaths. Instead, the authorities are like, "Well, that was about enough of that, our computers have improved, you've been replaced, thanks, here's a normal body, well done and all that, goodbye." Again, I'm expecting something different than what the author writes, but what she does write is horrifying. But that's not the worst part. It's the way that the author talked me around to thinking, "Maybe this isn't so bad." Then I started working out parallels and realized some of the implications, some of the similarities to our world. This is one of those stories that echo in your mind, a thoughtful kind of catharsis.
  • Captive Girl on Sep. 18, 2012
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    I was expecting something different. The opening starts out with a girl, an asteroid, a sense of impending doom...space colonists have gone to inexplicable, almost illogical lengths to defend themselves, using little orphan girls (not so little now) to do their watching for them. The story didn't go where I expected it to go: no explosions, invasions, or despreate, noble self-sacrificing deaths. Instead, the authorities are like, "Well, that was about enough of that, our computers have improved, you've been replaced, thanks, here's a normal body, well done and all that, goodbye." Again, I'm expecting something different than what the author writes, but what she does write is horrifying. But that's not the worst part. It's the way that the author talked me around to thinking, "Maybe this isn't so bad." Then I started working out parallels and realized some of the implications, some of the similarities to our world. This is one of those stories that echo in your mind, a thoughtful kind of catharsis.
  • Sade on the Wall on Dec. 12, 2012
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    There's a horrible moment somewhere in your childhood where you realize that everything is NOT going to be okay, and that the choices you make matter, and that the difference isn't just between two things you like but between losing all hope in the universe and learning how to cope. "Coming of age" books are about learning how to be an adult, how to take responsibility, how to be serious about working for a living, etc. This is a book about learning how to get past despair, injustice, incomprehensibility - and move, not into adulthood, but into living an authentic life. A nicely orchestrated book - a lot of themes going on here, a lot of subplots, all of them driving the book forward without being obvious or slow. In parts, the book's almost too realistic--not in gory details but in the horrible, misguided things some of the characters do. It's sad. But, of course, the author pulls you back from the brink - drops everything into place. "The world is painful. Being a teenager is fraught with danger." And then, "Everyone has find an answer to that. Here are a couple of good ones."