Night Watch
Adult / June 23, 2016

A Discworld Novel. Author: Terry Pratchett. Summary: ‘Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come round again. That’s why they’re called revolutions. People die, and nothing changes.’ For a policeman, there can be few things worse than a serial killer at loose in your city. Except, perhaps, a serial killer who targets coppers, and a city on the brink of bloody revolution. The people have found their voice at last, the flags and barricades are rising…And the question for a policeman, an officer of the law, a defender of the peace, is: Are you with them, or are you against them? (Goodreads summary.) Content Review: Sexual content: Man caught bathing in a commotion comes out in public naked- fairly quickly rectifies the situation. Although not explicitly, a round-a-bout exposition by a character brings out that there are prostitutes on the streets, generally called seamstresses. Language: 45 d***, 38 bloody, 19 derogatory terms, 14 hell Violence: Rain of huge hail injures a few people caught out in it. Robbers attack a man, get a garrote around his neck; he’s then rescued, but we don’t see what happens to the robbers. Character is attacked by a robber with a knife, drives…

When You Reach Me
Middle Grade / Juvenile / June 16, 2016

Author: Rebecca Stead. Summary: By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late. (Goodreads summary) My Thoughts: A rather sweet, sad character-driven look at time-travel. It was a quick read, although I was a little confused at certain parts, and honestly…

Pyramids
Adult / June 16, 2016

A Discworld Novel. Author: Terry Pratchett. Summary: It’s bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn’t a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he’s been trained at Ankh-Morpork’s famed assassins’ school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there’s the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad — a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal – not to mention a headstrong handmaiden – at the heart of his realm. (Goodreads summary.) Content Review: Sexual content: Character says his mother was a concubine. Character sometimes wonders how he was conceived, since his dreamy father and mother rarely notice each other. Some scantily dressed handmaidens. Some innuendo. Language: 30 bloody, 21 d***, 15 derogatory terms, 5 hell Violence: Man jumps off well to his death. Some threatened violence that doesn’t come to anything.