Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I began reading The Map of the Known World by Steven Smith. After I began reading, I found it to be a somewhat strange but intriguing tale of a girl on a quest. Elowen is an orphan, chosen to deliver a map to the Illuminati. Her travels are somewhat (only somewhat) akin to the Lord of the Rings quest. She must evade the Redeemers, warriors of the Mother Church, and all nulled adults. It seems that the act of nulling (insertion of a piece of barbed metal into the forehead of adults) puts them under the control of the Redeemers. She is aided in her quest by another orphan - Diggery, a pirate - Black Francis, a wolf - Ulfur, an exiled royal - Prince Asbjorn, the Eldar, Barbegs and numerous other creatures and animals. This story took a bit of getting used to but by the time I was halfway through I was completely hooked and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I can tell you that Elowen is successful in getting the map to the Illuminati but there are major trials and battles along the way.

DISCLOSURE:  I received this book free from the author for review purposes. I was not paid, required nor otherwise obligated to provide a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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