Author Archive

Aleph

One of Aleph’s most powerful reminders is that once you feel love for someone and although it might change with time—whether by becoming stronger, more tame, or any other variation—once love for someone has taken root in the heart, it never completely…

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

I’ve reached about the middle of the book and I’m once again amazed at what ends up on young readers’ bookshelves; LaFevers’ writing could easily sit on the same shelves that house classic literature. This is a story with multiple levels. At its core, it caters to…

A Friend Like Ben

The end of the book finishes off with a short piece of writing by George that he wrote when he was fourteen. His words are sweet, endearing, funny, poignant—a true insight into an autistic child’s world. There are many people who try to explain how an autistic…

Call of A Coward

It can be a very difficult time of testing and fear when a minister and his family are between assignments. Speaking from personal experience, because that’s precisely where I find myself today after over 25 years in full-time vocational ministry, it…

I Think I Love You

For me, the most compelling scene of part two so far is when Petra re-discovers David Cassidy. With nothing else to cling to, she rekindles her relationship with David. This is her safe place when life is uncertain. I understand that. Growing up, I used music and the fantasy of a teen idol to distract myself from my insecurities. By pouring myself into these obsessions, much like Petra, I discovered my own safe place.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Throughout the book, characters come and go, but their actions are markedly similar to those before them, as if the history of the Buendías could be discerned simply by watching José Arcadio on infinite loop.

Nights at the Circus

I’m enchanted with fiction that asks questions from the inside out. If fiction exists within the fiction, what do I believe or disbelieve? As a novice fiction writer, I marvel at how quickly and subtly Carter…

To Hell and Back

I hear the voices of each of Audie’s friends, and laugh at their jokes as if they were next to me. I feel a deep sadness and grow angry when they die, and I realize that the story…

Delirium

For me, dystopian literature is made up of more than just stories about the end of the world. It’s a glimpse of an alternate universe, a huge ‘what if’ scenario that makes me question things, whether it be powers of authority or simply my own life choices. Delirium has several layers to it, several stories beautifully woven into one novel. The world that Oliver has created puts a new spin on what society and the future might…

The Little Prince

Just as the desert is sculpted by the blowing breeze, so are our thoughts and ideas. The ebb and flow of who we are is symbolized in the asteroids the Little Prince skips across. The characters he…

When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra

It’s all about realising the qualities that we have and how we can cultivate them for the benefit of everyone. After having read the book, I have actively tried to do this through forgiveness, honesty and…

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker looks at morality but takes it one step farther. It makes the reader question herself. Can you condemn someone for making a decision in a life-threatening situation? Can you argue that there is no way you would have made the same or similar decision? I’m constantly questioning whether or not I would be…

Buddha

The words paint vivid thoughts of calmness and serenity as I relive a journey through the narrow forest pathways of India. I write and read through the shadows of the forest canopy, slowly following the path this man took to open his eyes and mind to the nature of life. His…

Luna

I am a future high school English teacher and I think that being able to cast aside judgments and expectations will be an important factor to being a successful teacher. Luna taught me several different things that I wish to bring into my classroom, the most important being that it is necessary to come from a place of understanding.