Graham Norton provides mystery, wit, and a fabulous read.

Graham Norton’s book, Holding, is well worth reading. See why on my Book Reviews page.

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Book Review! The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Hello!

I’ve posted a new book review for The Dispatcher by John Scalzi! I love reading his books, and I intend to read more in the immediate future. It’s part mystery and part SF thriller. Short, this one qualifies as a novella, but the quality of the writing and the full page illustrations make it worth the read. Check out my review.

New Book Review

Hi all, I’m sorry for the delay. I’ve got a new book review posted. It’s on the new book by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s a tie in to the Beauty and The Beast films and a fun read for kids. Check it out on the Book Reviews page. I’m reading several books right now. I like to read several things at once. Whatever I finish first, I’ll be reviewing here. I’m also planning to update the Links page. Keep reading!

 

Censorship

When I posted a brief review of a children’s book and mentioned that parents should beware because of some of the language, I didn’t expect I’d have to explain myself.

The book in question is sold to children between the ages of 7-12. That is a wide range, but classification of readership depends on the child’s reading abilities. Every child develops at their own rate.

I don’t believe in censorship.

I do believe in parental responsibilities.

Deciding when I child should be exposed to language the use of which might just get them a trip to the principal’s office is a decision for each child’s parents or guardians. It’s a parent’s job to determine when their child is mature enough for certain language.  At the very least a parent needs to inform/educate a child that some places are more appropriate for that sort of language than others. This is not censorship so much as it is self-restraint.

As a reviewer, my job is to supply the parent with what he or she needs to make an informed decision. It’s not up to publishers, critics,  or even teachers. It’s a choice each parent makes, and I’m sure it’s not an easy one.

 A few curse words are fine when used in a correct responsible manner. I’ve never believed it should be peppered throughout a book–even an adult book–unless it’s an inherent part of the character in question.

By the same token, I am reminded of something Sid Caesar once said. “If you use that sort of language just to say hello, what do you say when you’re mad?”