Lyra Tallis

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,342
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (102 of 112)
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Graduate student in English, publisher, former librarian and book lover.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,342 - Total Helpful Votes: 102 of 112
Bedtime Story by Robert J. Wiersema
Bedtime Story by Robert J. Wiersema
Weirsema's novel "Bedtime Story" is not only a page-turner and a heart-warming story of a family, specifically father and son, but it is also a book about books, which is what really sold me on it. Like "Possession" and "People of the Book", this novel tracks the mystery of literature and our intimate relation with the written word. It's a great read if you're just looking for an engaging story (gotta love the mystery and the classic quest plot), but it is also food for thought for anyone who thinks about the power of one's love of books. Not to mention that Weirsema's prose is very approachable. Highly, HIGHLY recommended!
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I admit to being very surprised by the other reviews of this book. While I would never argue that this is Pullman's greatest work to date (far from it), it is a respectable part of his catalogue. I think that this book is best approached without carrying in your opinions about religion - be they Christian or atheist. The primary goal of this text is to explore the development of a narrative over time, and to think about the power of 'the story'. Pullman has taken one of the best known stories and used it as his canvas. Pullman's personal beliefs about God are irrelevant when discussing this book as he is critiquing the divinity of Christ, and not the existence of God.
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Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies by Robert Smith?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious book!, Oct. 12 2011
Zombies don't have to be lowbrow fun! They can be an educational device for teaching everything from feminism to microbiology - and make it funny to boot.

This is actually a quite clever approach to introducing complex subjects to those who are unfamiliar with them. And Smith? throws in some professional writers just to keep it interesting.

My favourite chapter would have to be "Maintaining Academic Library Services during the Zombie Apocalypse".