A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.
This begins the second time reading this series for me, and it never disappoints. Although I found this one a bit much to get through - as it's setting the storyline for the entire series and is, as Gaiman himself admits, a bit clunky in spots - I still enjoyed it immensely. Gaiman is a most-excellent storyteller and his imagine and ability to mix mythos with the macabre is incredible.
Books completed: 19/50
Pages completed: 4,897/15,000
Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parrish
Each summer Liza, Bill, and Jed visit their grandparents, and they hear the story of the sketches hung above the mantel. The sketches are clues to a hidden treasure, and no one has been able to figure them out for a century. There is a missing first clue, but when the children stumble upon the second clue, they're on their way. Could it be that on this visit they will solve the secret that has eluded so many for more than a hundred years?
I first read this book back in the mid-80s when I was in third grade. This is one of the few series I've kept from my childhood. Since it's a rainy day, I thought it might be fun to give it a go (considering I started this series on a rainy day as a child). I read this series countless times during my elementary school years, but I haven't touched these books in almost 20 years. Yes, they're dated. They're simple. But, they're still fun and they bring back fond memories.
What's interesting to me now, as an adult, is to realize that I read them 20 years after they were published and still found them interesting. They were resissued five years ago, so there still must be a reading base for them with today's children. That's fantastic! Also interesting is that they were written by Peggy Parrish who most people know as the Amelia Bedelia author.
Books completed: 20/50
Pages completed: 5,057/15,000