Stoner

This is a tough book to read. I don't mean the prose, which is elegant and lucid, but the subject matter. This is not a feel-good, we-all-triumph-in-the-end-and-the-band-comes-in-swinging tale. A farmer's son discovers his vocation, teaches English literature all his life at the same university, marries badly, struggles with office politics and personal problems, dies and …

Finn Finnegan

Thirteen-year-old boy moves in with his guardian and begins to learn the skills needed to fight the centuries-old enemy of his (part-mortal) people. Finn has a temper, doesn't like all the boring rules, and can't understand why his guardian is SO strict. Which pretty much describes me at that age and explains why I could …