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Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This review is as spoiler-free as I can make it. However, as it is impossible to discuss this story without giving away the progression of the first sections of the story, I highly recommend simply picking up the book and starting to read. Summary Lazlo is a nobody—an orphan and librarian who has only one… Continue reading Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Master Lists

A Resource for GoT Fans Battling Disappointment

I've been a huge fan of Game of Thrones ever since I first discovered the books and the show simultaneously some 7-8 years ago. So I would like to preface this by saying: I'm not trying to diss the show. I'm not trying to challenge anyone who is still enjoying the show. I am still… Continue reading A Resource for GoT Fans Battling Disappointment

Review: Historical Fiction · Review: Teen Fiction · The Storybooker's Untranslated

Untranslated: Ashita no Nadja ~The Journey Begins at Age 16~ by Tomoko Konparu

Preface This novel is the sequel to the 50-episode animated TV show, Ashita no Nadja. Therefore, this post will contain spoilers for that show. This post will also contain spoilers for the sequel novel itself. Spoilers all round! Short Summary 3 years after the show, Nadja is turning 16. She leaves the comfort of her… Continue reading Untranslated: Ashita no Nadja ~The Journey Begins at Age 16~ by Tomoko Konparu

Review: Comedy · Review: Mystery · Review: Short Story · The Storybooker's Untranslated

Untranslated: Stepfather Step by Miyuki Miyabe

Stepfather Step happens to be my favorite book by Miyuki Miyabe. It also happens to be one of her books that was never translated into English. Summary A professional thief crashes into the lives of two middle schoolers—literally—when a heist goes improbably wrong. These middle schoolers are twin boys with a crisis of their own,… Continue reading Untranslated: Stepfather Step by Miyuki Miyabe

Master Lists · The Storybooker's Untranslated

The Storybooker’s Untranslated: A Primer

Welcome to the beginning of The Storybooker's Untranslated: a series where I will be talking about Japanese books that never got translated into English. Stories and Me I saw a post today about how everyone has three true loves. To oversimplify it, they talk about how there's the innocent, naive one that you expect to… Continue reading The Storybooker’s Untranslated: A Primer

Essays · Introduction

(The Start of) An Impassioned Defense of Fan Fiction

As a general rule, I don't post reviews of fanfics on this blog. Certainly, there was one notable instance—an instance in which said fanfic was eventually published as a book for sale, incidentally. Lately, I've begun to ask myself: Why is that? This is my "dirty" secret: I read a lot of fanfic. As a… Continue reading (The Start of) An Impassioned Defense of Fan Fiction