books and cleverness

I read books of all sorts, but mostly kids' lit and young adult literature and speculative fiction for all ages—usually from a feminist perspective. 


I've adopted a personalized version of the CHOICE reviews approach to recommendations/star ratings:

***** = Essential, a.k.a. truly love, absolute must-read, buy it now
**** = Highly Recommended, a.k.a. this is a really good book; I would buy it as a gift
*** = Recommended, a.k.a. pretty good; worth reading
** = Optional, a.k.a. meh
* = Not Recommended; a.k.a. this is not a good book

A Tale Dark and Grimm

A Tale Dark and Grimm -

If they ever invent a machine that lets you throw in books you've read and gives you a new book that combines elements from all of them, I think this is what you will get when you put in Grimm's Fairy Tales (obviously, but the gruesome bits in particular), The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and The Book of Lost Things (by John Connolly).