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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials #01) by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials #01)

Dreamer Hlessi, January 26, 2011

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman is a masterpiece that no review can give justice to. No matter how many times I read it, I find myself thinking of new and bright ideas. Being the first in Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy, this book is actually only the start of an adventure the young girl, Lyra, must take. It's filled with external fragments of our souls called daemons, armored polar bears, witches, and other worlds.
Though it's often thought of as merely a children's book and is often disregarded due to it's horrible film rendition, The Golden Compass(and the Trilogy as a whole) questions some long held ideas. Readers, both children and adults alike would do well by reading this and having it to discuss for years to come. As I'm 23 and still hold this book in high regard, I can't help but HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK to anyone interested in light, yet philosophical, adventure reading.
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Gnomes by Wil Huygen

Dreamer Hlessi, September 7, 2010

This book is simply amazing and great for both children and adults. It caters to that part of us that thrives off imagination so well, that it leaves the reader questioning if this is indeed fiction they are reading. Great for recovering Harry Potter fans.  

The art of this book is stunning and obviously well thoughtout. The are diagrams of how gnomes have built their homes and tools. The colors are so rich that it's easy for the viewer to feel the warmth of their little hearth and smell the fragrance of roasting nuts. 

The writing never feels like it's talking down to child, yet is simple enough for most young children to understand. Simply put, you can't go wrong with this book.    
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Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns

Dreamer Hlessi, August 7, 2010

This book is made of awesome. It has exactly what most young adults, and more importantly EVERY ADULT, needs to learn. 

Paper Towns is the story of a teen named Q and his neighbor Margo. But when Margo goes missing, the whole school shifts and changes. Following clues that Margo left for him, Q starts to see the many different sides of Margo that most didn't know about. 

Coming of age story? Finding oneself? Learning about human assumptions? This book has all the bases covered, and author John Green hits it out of the park. Can't recomend it enough.        
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The Child Thief by Brom
The Child Thief

Dreamer Hlessi, June 5, 2010

I had little expectations for a book written by a fantasy artist going by a single syllable name, however the artist and growing author Brom has created a visually rich world with a story that was vaguely familiar. Brom has retold the story of Peter Pan in a way never seen. This dark and mutilated Neverland is covered with devils and demons, Goddesses and Puritans. Celtic culture and mythos is the filter through which the author has shown this common child's tale. Peter is the boy who never grows up, yet he isn't the green tunic wearing adventurer with his faithful fairy Tinkerbell. No, Peter is the throat slicing monster kill who's seen centuries of battle and slaughter. Stealing children away from their broken(often drug ridden) homes, he forges his band of children know as the "Devils" which battle to protect Neverland from the ever encroaching adults whom are lead by a mysterious Captain.

While the historian in me found little things that pestered me, I couldn't put this book down, and highly recommending it to any fan of J.M. Barry's classic or of Marrion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon".
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