Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, written by Hampton Sides, is a wonderful biography of the legendary Christopher “Kit” Carson (1809-1868). But it is also much more. America’s wild west was full of many interesting characters, and Kit Carson is near the
I came across Red Caddy: Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey completely by accident. Previously, I was ignorant of Charles Bowden and his writing. I had first heard of Edward Abbey when assigned Monkey Wrench Gang for an environmental history class at Northern Illinois University.
Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild is a beautiful collection of essays about truly wild encounters. Craig Childs recounts his amazing and often unbelievable adventures in moving prose. His writing makes you feel like you are there with him, looking through his eyes. The
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores is a well-researched, well-written natural history of the oft misunderstood and maligned canine, the coyote. There is no denying, I am a dog person. I have always been drawn to dogs and have felt a
The Forgetting Moon is the first book of “The Five Warrior Angels” trilogy by Brian Lee Durfee. Originally set to be a five-book series, it instead consists of three hefty books. With Game of Thrones or Malazan vibes, The Forgetting Moon has a lot to
Fairy Tale by Stephen King is a coming of age story blended into fantasy. The book stars 17-year old Charlie Reade and an aging German Shepherd named Radar. Charlie comes across this dog by accident when a neighbor, Howard Bowditch breaks his leg by falling
The creative mind of Helene Druvert shines brightly in New York Melody and Garden Jungle. Both of these children’s books feature beautiful and whimsical illustrations and something even more spectacular. Throughout these books are intricately designed cut-outs of scenes that help move the story along.
The Blacktongue Thief is an action-packed, fast-paced fantasy novel by Christopher Buehlman. The story is told by Kinch Na Shannack, a Blacktongue thief from the nation of Galt. He is deeply indebted to the Taker’s Guild, and desperately trying to repay his debts. Thus, he
Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey is a memoir by James Rebanks about his life growing up on a traditional English farm. As a young child, he is taught many practical, important lessons mostly from his grandfather on how to farm and how to be a
The Tower of Swallows is the fourth installment of the main Witcher series. In this volume, we get more mixed narratives from a few characters, notably Ciri and Dandelion. Ciri has made her unlikely way to a hut in the middle of a swamp. Here