Michelle Isenhoff

Classic literature

Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1818, Book Review

I’m not a fan of horror, but the first time I read Frankenstein, it left me, well, horrified, but in pleasant sort of way. It was such a tragedy. I felt such sympathy and revulsion for both Victor and his monster. I was astonished at the monster’s feelings. Who would ever consider his point of […]

Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, book two), by Kenneth Oppel, 2012

I loved the occult-free scariness of book one. It left me with the same nicely unsettled feeling as the classic novel, Frankenstein, for which this series serves as a prequel. But in book two, after the Elixir of Life fails to save his brother, Victor burns all his books of alchemy and turns his focus […]

This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, book one), by Kenneth Oppel, 2011, Book Review

Have you ever read Frankenstein? There have been so many film adaptations that Frankenstein has become part of American pop culture, but the original book is actually considered classic literature. Written by Mary Shelley, the wife of well-known Romantic poet Percy Shelley, it was originally published in 1818 and has been popular with readers ever […]

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, 1959, Book Review

“I left New York in May.  I had a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, and $40, which I had saved from selling magazine subscriptions.  I also had some flint and steel which I had bought at a Chinese store in the city.”  And with that, Sam Gribley left his city apartment filled with […]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, 1865, Book Review

I have never much cared for Alice in Wonderland. Before today, I had never read the book, only seen parts of the Disney movie. But since Alice features in the book I am currently writing, I had to take the plunge. And I found that I still don’t care for Alice. Before the Victorian era, […]

Socks, by Beverly Cleary, 1973, Book Review

Socks is written in true Beverly Cleary style. The cat for whom the book is named was the Bricker’s only pet, pampered, loved and a little spoiled. But his mistress’ comfortable lap began to shrink, and then one day Mr. and Mrs. Bricker brought home a new pet. One that wailed and smelled funny and stole […]

Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne, 1864, Book Review

I finally finished this one! I started last fall, then a thousand projects seemed to take precedence. Five months later, I started over and read with a vengeance, finishing easily in just two days. It’s a fun story, full of typical Verne science and adventure. No wonder it’s a classic. Henry Lawson lives and studies […]

The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain, 1) by Lloyd Alexander, 1964

Though I have heard of the Chronicles of Prydain, and over the years have even gleaned some knowledge of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and Hen Wen, his oracular sow, I’ve never had occasion to delve into the series until this winter. I was hugely impressed. The prose is gorgeous, the characters unique and well-developed and the […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

One year. That’s how long I have to wait for Peter Jackson’s new movie, The Hobbit. Like its sister, The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I dearly love!), this will be a multi-part production, the first film being released in December 14, 2012, the second in December 13, 2013. [8/12 update: Yup, it’s now official; it’s […]

Jules Verne (1828-1905), Author Biography

Before this year, I never read a book by Jules Verne. I read lots and lots of American and British classics for my English major, but Verne was French. I’ve been missing out! Since I’ve enjoyed two of his book this summer and added a third to my to-read list, I thought I’d learn a little more about him. […]

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