Morgan's Book Recommendations

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

The tale of the relationship between two Jewish boys, American-born Sam Clay and his Czechoslovakian cousin Joe Kavalier, who meet when Joe escapes to New York during World War II and become life-long best friends and collaborators in the creation of numerous comic book characters. Their most famous creation, The Escapist, is an escape artist who battles Hitler. The book is one part fictional history of Kavalier and Clay and their circle of friends, and one part real world history, taking in Czechoslovakia, World War II, New York City, Jewish lore, Harry Houdini, and the golden age of comic books, with several real life figures, from Salvador Dali to Stan Lee, making appearances. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001.

"Really, very good. I didn't just love the story, I loved the process of reading it."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Astonishing X-Men

Astonishing X-Men

Marvel's flagship X-Men comic, currently being written by Joss Whedon and art by Josh Cassaday.

"Joss is awesome and he does a great job not only writing a compelling story but making it very witty and entertaining."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"Okay, so I technically have a little bit left to read of this book but I still feel I've read enough to recommend it. Most movies get it completely wrong. It's so much more psychological and tragic and just so good. I totally plan on finishing it someday."

Morgan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Fray

Fray

Hundreds of years in the future things have changed so much that people don't even notice monsters walking the streets. Young Melaka Fray makes money by stealing things, believing herself to have no future. She soon finds that not only does she have a future but she is destined for great things.

"Joss. Comic. ROXORS! This gets better if you re-read it and the only downside is that there isn't more of it."

Morgan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"Like Meaghan, I think that this one is underrated, especially when you take book six into account. I mean, you have to appreciate something that delves into Voldemort's past when he's so important to the series."

Morgan'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.

"I don't think it could have ended more perfectly. Jo did a great job. It's an exciting book, it's thought provoking, it's got a few moments of laughter when it's really needed. It's the perfect ending for this series and it also stays with you after reading it."

Morgan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"When I first started reading the series a lot of people told me this was the most comical of the books. As a result I was really surprised when I read it because I was completely unprepared. It's so epic and really leads into a more adult era in the series. It's such a big turning point for Harry, obviously, and changes the entire series."

Morgan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"Well, not as good as book five, but I really love the ending. It's much lighter than book five, which was not what I was expecting, but I think it's great set up for the end of the series."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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 series. Not only does it answer some questions, but it also raises more. The Ministry of Magic stuff is so wonderfully written."

Morgan'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.

"I don't know if you can get from this book what the series if going to become, I just know that when I read it, I want to be in that world."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"One of my favorite things about the series is that it ages the characters and stories along with its target audience and this is the perfect example of that. It's also got two great character additions in it."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Lovely Bones, The

Lovely Bones, The

When 14-year-old Susie Salmon is murdered, her family and those in her community who have been affected by the tragedy are left with almost no information about what really happened to her. The story is told from Susie's perspective in heaven, watching over the people she knew in life as they deal with the fallout of her mysterious death.

"I agree with Meaghan about the last chapters. While I liked the way things ended for the Salmon family, there are parts that don't work so well. However, on the whole it's an engrossing and beautiful story."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"Really wonderful! Very atmospheric and it really pulls you in."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"My favorite book, it's also so important and should be read by everyone."

Morgan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"Really good! Definitely thought provoking and exciting."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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