Matilda Reviews: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Genre: Fantasy Published: 2009   Lev Grossman's The Magicians has been described as Harry Potter plus The Chronicles of Narnia for adults, and in a way, that's a fair assessment. But The Magicians is also something entirely its own. It has a vastly different feel than the Harry Potter books: grittier, more sordid. It seems to be at once more and… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Magicians by Lev Grossman


10 Fictional Women I Want to Celebrate Galentine’s Day With

In honor of Galentine's Day, I've been thinking about fictional characters with whom I'd love nothing more than to have a nice, intimate Galentine's Day party. We could sit around, drink beer, reminisce about fighting the good fight against Voldemort/the Capitol/Miss Trunchbull ... you know, the good old days. On my invite list: Professor Minerva… Continue reading 10 Fictional Women I Want to Celebrate Galentine’s Day With

What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm not a fan of science fiction novels, and in general I'm not wild about fantasy either; I tend to gravitate toward books that have a realistic setting. I've been wondering what it is about science fiction/fantasy that turns me off (and what it is about some fantasy book… Continue reading What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

Why I (Still) Don’t Have a Literary Tattoo

I love tattoos. I think they can be so beautiful---simply as art worn on one's skin, as a memory of a certain beloved place, person, or event in one's life, as tribute to a favorite movie, band, hobby, what have you. I love the stories behind tattoos. I just love stories. It makes sense for… Continue reading Why I (Still) Don’t Have a Literary Tattoo