Bonster's Book Recommendations

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

A scientist named Victor Frankenstein creates a being from dead body parts and uses electricity to bring it to life. Frightened by his creation, he abandons it, and the creature is left to discover the world for itself with grave consequences for Victor and his family. Originally published in 1818.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry's second year at Hogwarts finds him investigating mysteriously pretrified students as well as finding the identity of the Heir of Slytherin.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling's final chapter in the life of Harry Potter finds him on the search for Horcrux with Ron and Hermione. Meanwhile, the war rages on and their friends are in constant danger. Lord Voldemort is gaining power everywhere and in search of something to help him in his rise to power.

"AWESOMETASTIC!!!!"

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

When Hogwarts plays host to an international wizardry tournament, Harry is unexpectedly selected to compete in it. Meanwhile, the threat of Voldemort's possible return lingers in the background. Fourth book in the series.

"Fantastic book with lots of good drama."

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The wizarding world is now dealing with the return of Lord Voldemort, Ron is asking daily if anyone they know has died or gone missing. Harry gets some unexpected help in Potions and he and Dumbledore explore a complicated past.

"I agree with Meaghan that it's tightly written. There's things happening with every page, though I do think most of the teen melodrama was actually as glossed over as possible, which is a good thing. I did feel that it was more of a 'book that prepares you for the next' than the others, but still, a very good book."

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Tensions are running high as Harry enters his fifth year at Hogwarts. The Ministry of Magic refuses to admit that You-Know-Who has returned and have also placed one of their own at Hogwarts as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

"My favorite of the Harry Potter series, by far. Wonderful, wonderful book."

Bonster's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Downtrodden orphan Harry Potter discovers through a visit from a giant on his 11th birthday that he's actually a wizard. He enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he makes new friends, learns some magic, and discovers the truth about his parents' death and his own remarkable destiny.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Dangerous murderer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and is looking for Harry at Hogwarts. Hagrid is made a teacher and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher has a connection to Harry's parents.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

Released as Northern Lights in most of the world, and The Golden Compass in the US. A young girl, Lyra, learns of the existance of Dust which is believed to be part of sin. Lyra must travel to the North to stop her best friend from being experimented on and there she finds the existance of another world.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

Book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra, who we met in the previous books, travels to another world and in another version of Oxford, meets a boy called Will. He becomes the bearer of a knife which allows him to cut through realities.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Horse and his Boy, A

Horse and his Boy, A

During the Golden Age of Narnia, when Peter is High King, a boy named Shasta discovers he is not the son of Arsheesh, the Calormene fisherman, and decides to run far away to the North--to Narnia. When he is mistaken for another runaway, Shasta is led to discover who he really is and even finds his real father. Third book in the chronicles.

Bonster's Rating: Good
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Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The

Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Book 2 in the chronicles, though it was actually the first Lewis wrote.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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Magician's Nephew, The

Magician's Nephew, The

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to ... somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home. First book in the chronicles in terms of the Narnian timeline, but it was actually the second last book that Lewis wrote for the series.

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Neverwhere

Neverwhere

Richard Mayhew agrees to help a mysterious young woman named Door one day, and the next day he finds that he's apparently been erased from the world. He joins Door on her quest through the secret underworld of London Below and meets many strange characters along the way.

Bonster's Rating: Good
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One for the Money

One for the Money

Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn't own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

Bonster's Rating: Good
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Sandman, The

Sandman, The

Neil Gaiman's comic book epic centering around The Endless, his pantheon of seven god-like beings. The series mostly takes place in and around the realm of Dream; much like Greek and Roman mythology, the stories focus on humans who interact with these mythical beings as well as the Endless' own rivalries and relationships. The series ran from 1989 to 1996 and the 75 issues have been collected into ten trade paperback volumes.

"Really neat storylines and great art."

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

In a story told through the eyes of young Scout Finch, a black man in Depression Era Alabama is accused of raping a white girl. Scout's father Atticus becomes the accused man's attorney and faces persecution from the people in the own where they live.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Twilight

Twilight

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keeps his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his deep dark secret. What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back.

"Totally lives up to the hype indeed. And as someone who hasn't had a crush in a long time, this book totally filled the void that had left. There's a lot of swoon-inducingness, as well as DANGER CHARACTERS MAY DIE EGADS, which I like. And it reads fast. The prose is sparse, but goodly nonetheless. So yes, I rather like it. :D"

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Watchmen

Watchmen

Who watches the Watchmen? In 1985, the Comedian is murdered and someone has it out for costumed heroes. Rorschach believes the attacks to be connected and seeks the help from other costumed heroes who have since retired.

"One of the best novels ever for a reason. The characters, the bleakness of the world, human frailty and strength, what we fight for... all of that and more. Awesome book."

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Wicked

Wicked

Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

"Good lord do I hate the Wizard after this book. And totally dig the Wicked Witch. And think Glinda is a punk. Damn interesting book."

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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