March 23rd, 2010

Book 8 - The Grey King | Book 9 - Silver on the Tree

book 08Title: The Grey King
Author: Susan Cooper
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Plot: On a recuperation holiday in Wales, Will Stanton is introduced to Bran Davies, an unusual boy who turns out to have a part to play against the Dark's rising.
My Thoughts: This is the book that suffered most from the fact that I'd read it years before. My tastes since then have changed somewhat, though not entirely. I really adored the brief glimpse into the Welsh Language. It makes me long, a bit, to have some skill with other languages. But I didn't initially care for Bran much at all. He had a (rather understandable) chip on his shoulder that put me off, though I can remember absolutely adoring him when I was 11 or 12. I suspect that, at the younger ages, my brain connected him more readily with another favorite character from a different series, who also had a large chip on his shoulder. It took me longer, this time around, to get a feel for liking Bran, but he did finally settle back into place.

Would I read this book again? Yes

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book 09Title: Silver on the Tree
Author: Susan Cooper
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Plot: The Six are brought together for their final quest to end the Dark's rising.
My Thoughts: After having finally re-read all the books, I'd say offhand that this is my favorite of the lot. The characters are solidly familiar by this point, and somewhat comfortable with each other. There are still tensions and uncomfortable moments between them, but that's all part of coming together on a quest in the realm of Fantasy, so that, too, had it's place as part of my fun. I liked the challenges. I liked the descriptions. It was the one I just zipped through, just having fun.

Would I read this book again? Yes

My List
El Corazon

119. Henry and the Paper Route; 120. The Lady in the Lake; 121. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Henry and the Paper Route
by Beverly Cleary

Started: March 14, 2010
Finished: March 18, 2010

Breezy entertainment. Needed more Ramona. 197 pages. Grade: B-
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The Lady in the Lake
by Raymond Chandler

Started: March 8, 2010
Finished: March 19, 2010

This was probably the best actual mystery of all the Marlowe books. I also really liked Patton, the small town constable. He made a good team with Marlowe. 222 pages. Grade: A
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling

Started: March 14, 2010
Finished: March 20, 2010

An entertaining enough book but when you really start to think about it the main plot makes no sense at all. Collapse ) Still, I guess this is just a kid's book, no reason to overthink it. It was fun reading. 734 pages. Grade: B+
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Total # of Books Read in 2010: 121
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 28,563
El Corazon

122. Ripley Under Water; 123. The Wrong Case; 124. Henry and the Clubhouse; 125. Judgment Day

Ripley Under Water
by Patricia Highsmith

Started: March 9, 2010
Finished: March 20, 2010

A decent enough book. I have to say that as a whole I was pretty underwhelmed by the Ripley books. They were fun reads but not great or even good literature by any means. Better than the average bestseller but I'm not sure what all the praise was really about. 309 pages. Grade: B
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The Wrong Case
by James Crumley

Started: March 8, 2010
Finished: March 22, 2010

It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a newly discovered writer's work like I think I'm falling for James Crumley's novels right now. Just a top-notch read. 272 pages. Grade: A
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Henry and the Clubhouse
by Beverly Cleary

Started: March 19, 2010
Finished: March 22, 2010

Amusing enough but nothing special. 199 pages. Grade: B-
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Judgment Day
by James T. Farrell

Started: March 8, 2010
Finished: March 23, 2010

I didn't like this near as much as the first two Studs Lonigan books. There was way too much emphasis on nostalgia--long chapters devoted to detailed recaps of movies that Studs has watched, of newspaper stories he's read, of radio comedies and news broadcasts he's listened to. A very repetitive book. It wasn't bad when it was moving the plot forward, there were just way too many nostalgic sidetrips. 384 pages. Grade: C+
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Total # of Books Read in 2010: 125
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 29,727
Yuuko

Slow and steady

8. Blooded by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder

Summary: After a fight one night, Willow gets mugged by a group of regular people. She wishes to become more like Buffy, capable of fighting anything. The school goes for a trip to a museum that has a traditional Asian exhibit. Willow touches a sword that releases an ancient power beyond their comprehension. Too bad for Buffy, the vampires affect people close to her.

Review: This was a decent enough book. I used to love Buffy books when I was younger. This was the first one I read in probably five years or so and it was all right. The story was original but what I never liked about the books was the the timeline was always off compared to the show. So that within itself ruined the book a little for me. Also, it's a book aimed for a younger audience. At least that's how I felt reading it.