Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

*There are TONS of different book jackets for this title, especially with the new Tim Burton movie coming out soon. Just make sure when looking that the title is the same as mentioned above.*

A baby can turn into a pig. A disordered tea party where the laws of time are abandoned. A chaotic game of chess that makes a seven-year-old girl a Queen. These are just a few of the curious things that can (and d0 happen in Lewis Carroll's classic story of sublime make-believe.

Introducting such unforgettable characters as the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and the Cheshire Cat, the ALICE books are a fascinating exploration of childhood and imagination, a whimsical satire of ridig Victorian society full of anarchic humor and sparkling word play, and a delight to readers both young and old.


Sunday, December 27, 2009


*Lisa's note*
 --I found a variety of cover editions for this book, keep your eyes peeled for any of these--

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her--and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won't stop for him, his hundred rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family's slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door's entourage in their determined--and possibly fatal--quest.

For the dread journey ever-downward--through bizarre anachronisms and dangerous incongruities, and into dusty corners of stalled time--is Richard's final hope, his last road back to a "real" world that is growing disturbingly less real by the minute.
 If Tim Burton reimagined The Phantom of the Opera, if Jack Finney let his dark side take over, if you rolled the best work of Clive Barker, Peter Straub and Caleb Carr into one, you still would have something that fell far short of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. It is a masterful debut novel of darkly hypnotic power, and one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.

MEETING DATE: February 27, 2010

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.

MEETING DATE: December 19th, 2009

The Magicians

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

MEETING DATE: October 17, 2009

Welcome to the Blog!

Hello Friends!
Welcome to your book club blog! This will be our online platform. Each time we meet, I'll post the next book and meeting location & time here so that it's in a public forum and we can check in with each other as we progress through the selections of books we're choosing! I'm no pro-blogger, but I'll do my best!
Please feel free to leave comments along the way!

  • Lisa
  • Lorna
  • Aaron
  • Greg
  • Apryl
  • Melissa
  • Cory
  • Sandy
  • Ana-banana
I'm really looking forward to reading all of our choices!
Love to all,