May 29th, 2011

Dead Dog Cat


Thanks to Interlibrary Loan, I got to read Fever, a mystery novel by Friedrich Glauser, about the cases of a Swiss detective after WWI. Though they seem mildly contrived, the series so far set an interesting stage. There's still two to go, and I'll tap the library soon for them.
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The Chronicles of Narnia and His Dark Materials

The Chronicles of Narnia
Author: C.S. Lewis
Genre: Fantasy, Children's, Christian
Pages: 1540 (all 7 books combined)
Summary from Goodreads: In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope.

His Dark Materials Trilogy and Lyra's Oxford
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: Fantasy, Children's, Young Adult
Pages: 1254 (all 4 books combined)
Summary from Goodreads: Lyra and Will find themselves embarked on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. Their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds - rebellious angels, soul-eating Spectres, child-catching Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.

Comments: I didn't read either of these series growing up so I though I'd finally get around to doing so. I really enjoyed reading these two series together since religion was at the heart of both of them (though obviously the authors took it in completely different directions). As for The Chronicles of Narnia, I really liked the beginning of the series but I felt that after Prince Caspian it really started to drag. Then in the final book I picked up quite a bit of sexism and racism (which were both present through the whole series but really started being much more prominent). His Dark Materials, however, was excellent all the way through. I didn't really like Lyra at the beginning of the first novel but she grew on me as she matured a bit. Lyra's Oxford was a nice addition of a short story to the trilogy but I didn't really get the point of it to be honest. I mean it was a cute enough story on it's own but it didn't really add anything new or interesting to the world or characters.

16 / 50 books. 32% done!

4341 / 15000 pages. 29% done!
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book progress - 33%

I thought it was about time I posted the second lot of reviews for the books I’ve read this year. I’m a little bit behind on the challenge I’ve set for myself, but hopefully I’ll catch up soon. This has been cross-posted to inferiarecoming.

BOOK/SERIES: When It Happens
AUTHOR: Susane Colasanti
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BOOK/SERIES: Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls Book #1)
AUTHOR: Maggie Stiefvater
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Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow Series Book #1)
AUTHOR: John Marsden
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BOOKS/SERIES: Anatomy of a Boyfriend
AUTHOR: Daria Snadowsky
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AUTHOR: Susane Colasanti
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BOOKS/SERIES: Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Book #1)
AUTHOR: Simone Elkeles
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BOOKS/SERIES: Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Book #2)
AUTHOR: Simone Elkeles
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BOOKS/SERIES: Leaving Paradise
AUTHOR: Simone Elkeles
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BOOKS/SERIES: WVMP Radio Series: Wicked Game, Bad to the Bone, Bring on the Night
AUTHOR: Jeri Ready-Smith
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BOOKS/SERIES: John Dies at the End
AUTHOR: David Wong
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BOOKS/SERIES: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
AUTHOR: Mary Roach
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BOOKS/SERIES: Cults: Bizarre Rituals and Murderous Practices Revealed
AUTHOR: Petery Haining
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Red Tam Thursday Education

The Education of Robert Nifkin, by Daniel Pinkwater
Hilarious in spots, affecting in other spots, pretty thin on plot ... not a major Pinkwater, but I still enjoyed it.

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, by Jasper Fforde
Once I adjusted to the weird context of ThursdayNextWorld again, this was great. A romp, a delight.

Superman: Red Son, by Mark Millar et al
Great idea - Superman as a member of the Great Soviet rather than an all-American boy, but the characterization was wooden and the conclusion sucked. Some of the world-buiilding worked really well and some of it was clunky. Mixed bag, not sorry I read it, would've rather some other writer I like better had written it.
(89/200; 54/100)

Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean (reread)
I first read this book about twenty years ago, and I remembered that I loved it, and still had small fragments of image or character or language from it rattling around in my memory, without remembering the story. There is a major plot point that, had it come to mind before I started reading, would've led me to put off this reread for a few months until it did not entangle itself so closely with what someone dear to me is going through. Still, I enjoyed reading it, and remembering reading it, immensely.
(90/200; 55/100)
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