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Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Peter and the Starcatchers

Michael Jung, August 4, 2012

A great re-imagining of the Peter Pan story that takes readers back to the days BEFORE Peter became the eternally young flying boy of legend. This version offers a slightly more science fiction-based explanation for Peter's abilities, yet is no less magical as Peter and his friends learn to fly, talk to porpoises, and evade dangerous pirates. It's a fun, tension-filled book that grips the reader from beginning to end -- and leaves them eager for the multiple sequels in this amazing series.
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Ogre, Ogre by Piers Anthony

Michael Jung, August 4, 2012

A modern-day "Beauty and the Beast" that shows how an ogre with hidden depths can fall in love with a nymph-human hybrid. Anthony's Xanth series has gotten rather overloaded with puns in recent years, but this book (from Xanth's early years) truly delivers on magic, romance, fun, and heroism.
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The Wizard of Oz by Baum
The Wizard of Oz

Michael Jung, August 4, 2012

Spectacular - while L. Frank Baum, WW Denslow, and John R. Neill set the standard by which Oz books and illustrations are judged, the editor of this book did an excellent job of abridging Baum's original story to fit neatly in a picture book format, while artist Charles Santore's full color illustrations are nothing short of spectacular! Santore's Oz combines the whimsical fun of both Denslow and Neill, along with the color and spectacle of the Judy Garland's MGM movie. Once again, Dorothy is the little girl of the books (wearing the original silver shoes instead of the ruby slippers) while the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion are depicted in a style the merges elements of both Denslow and Neill's versions. A wonderful book that truly celebrates Oz's 100th anniversary.
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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife

Michael Jung, August 4, 2012

Amazing book - while the intricacies and "rules" of time travel in this book are well thought out (time travelers cannot change history - events are predestined) the story itself focuses much more on human connections and how the time traveler's "condition" both draws him closer and farther away from those he loves. While the movie version did a decent job of focusing on the central romance of the story, the book offers numerous subplots that explore the darker, funnier, and more tragic aspects of time travel. While seemingly aimed at science fiction fans, the book should appeal to romance readers as well as readers interested in creative, non-linear storytelling.
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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife

Michael Jung, August 4, 2012

Amazing book - while the intricacies and "rules" of time travel in this book are well thought out (time travelers cannot change history - events are predestined) the story itself focuses much more on human connections and how the time traveler's "condition" both draws him closer and farther away from those he loves. While the movie version did a decent job of focusing on the central romance of the story, the book offers numerous subplots that explore the darker, funnier, and more tragic aspects of time travel. While seemingly aimed at science fiction fans, the book should appeal to romance readers as well as readers interested in creative, non-linear storytelling.
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