The Tower of London is not just a dusty historical monument housing some flashy crown jewels; it is a bustling castle neighborhood with many residents – single folk, families, and of course the famous ravens. Julia Stuart’s novel tells the stories of a few of these lives as they are transformed by the influx of some very peculiar beasts and birds. Beefeater Balthazar Jones has been appointed keeper of the latest rendition of the Royal Menagerie which has just moved into the Tower. Along with caring for the animals gifted to the Queen from around the world, Balthazar watches helplessly as the love in his marriage fades; both he and his wife Hebe have let their profound sorrow over the death of their young son Milo erect a wall between them. The other Tower residents are delightfully eccentric, with their own poignant, heartfelt stories. Don’t be misled by reviews which describe the book as “whimsical” – it is that, but it also profoundly moving, speaking the truth about love and loss. I cried a little, laughed a lot, and highly recommend this book to adults and young adults.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
For those wannabe sleuths, Guilty Party is for you! In Clue style, up to 4 players search various locations for clues before solving the mystery. Clues take the form of mini-games that have to be completed successfully for you to receive the clue. The animation and music is excellent (to be expected from a Disney video game). While the story mode seems to be the same every time through, the party mode has a different criminal every time. There are hours of enjoyment available to super sleuths with this game.
Recommended for all ages.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
This is just a feel-good coming of age story about a girl named Finny, the people important to her and the events that occur in her life over a period of about twenty years. I would recommend this book for adults who are looking for a quick, easy read, that is also really well written.