Category: Andrew Smith

Thoughts: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith So, this is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang, but with a …uh… clacking-buzzing sorta sound? Yes, I think T.S. Eliot would be proud of Andrew Smith’s newest wasteland, which is to say, an average, all-American,… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith”

Roof Beam Reader’s Best of 2013

Hello, Readers! Since I surpassed my 2013 goal of 60 books read (I’m up around 64, right now, with 2 books in progress and likely at least 1 more to go) before year’s end, I thought I would take a cue from some of… Continue Reading “Roof Beam Reader’s Best of 2013”

Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 36 Ryan Dean West is Winger, so nicknamed for the position he plays on the high school Rugby team.  He is fourteen years old and, being intellectually gifted, is already heading into his… Continue Reading “Review: Winger by Andrew Smith”

Review: The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 34 This review may contain minor spoilers. Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Poor Jack.  Sixteen years old and still a virgin.  Then, in one night, he has the opportunity… Continue Reading “Review: The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith”

Review: Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith

Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith Final Verdict: 3.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 32 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Ghost Medicine is Andrew Smith’s debut novel and, though there are some similarities to his later works (elements of danger, young protagonists, brotherly relationships… Continue Reading “Review: Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith”

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