Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

I’ve had a curious relationship with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s a rollercoaster, really, and it all comes down to the ending of the book and the terrific movie adaptation by Alfonso Cuarón. You see, when I first read Prisoner fifteen years ago I didn’t really like it at all. I thought the ending was … More Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

Although it’s the second book in the series, Chamber of Secrets was actually my first experience reading Harry Potter. Fifteen years ago I was 18 years old and attended a birthday party for one of my older sister’s college friends. Everyone spent the night at the friend’s house and in the morning I woke up … More Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

Fifteen years have gone by since I first read Harry Potter when I was 18. I used to reread the books regularly but over time I began revisiting Hogwarts with less frequency. The fifteen year anniversary of my first reading seemed like a good time to do a little test to see how well J.K. … More Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

The Dexter Books, by Jeff Lindsay (Part 3)

In case you haven’t heard yet, Dexter Morgan is a Miami blood spatter analyst for the Homicide Department who moonlights as a serial killer. He channels his bloodthirsty urges by going after the people who, for whatever reason, slipped through the cracks of the regular justice system. You could call him a vigilante, but the … More The Dexter Books, by Jeff Lindsay (Part 3)

The Rizzoli and Isles Books, by Tess Gerritsen (Part 4)

If you remember where we left off, intrepid M.E. Maura Isles went to a medical conference in Wyoming to escape her attraction to Father Brophy, only to get stranded in a blizzard and nearly killed by a religious cult. Because these things happen, right? She also met a boy nicknamed Rat who was orphaned by … More The Rizzoli and Isles Books, by Tess Gerritsen (Part 4)

The Rizzoli and Isles Books, by Tess Gerritsen (Part 3)

If you remember from last time, Jane Rizzoli is now a mother and a wife as we finished the sixth book in Tess Gerritsen’s detective series. Her new roles are forcing her to grow as a person and struggle to balance her newfound personal life with the career she values and has no intention of … More The Rizzoli and Isles Books, by Tess Gerritsen (Part 3)

The Dexter Books, by Jeff Lindsay (Part 1)

You may remember from my post comparing the Dexter TV series to the books that inspired them, but this really bears repeating: they are completely different animals. Unlike, say Game of Thrones, where each season is adapted from a book in George R.R. Martin’s books, the producers of TV’s Dexter began making radical departures from … More The Dexter Books, by Jeff Lindsay (Part 1)

The Rizzoli and Isles Books, by Tess Gerritsen (Part 2)

It’s been a while, but I’m finally back. In June, I did a comparison between the Rizzoli & Isles TV series and the Tess Gerritsen books that inspired it (you can check that out here), then a quick rundown of the first three books for good measure. To recap, intrepid M.E. and “Queen of the … More The Rizzoli and Isles Books, by Tess Gerritsen (Part 2)