I am not a big horror fan, but these four were actually pretty decent, even the third one that troubled me to begin with. Also, these stories are niceI am not a big horror fan, but these four were actually pretty decent, even the third one that troubled me to begin with. Also, these stories are nicely tied in with eachother. If you like horror, you should definitely try this one from Dennis Jürgensen. It probably won't be translated into english any time soon, though....more
There is no point in doing a full review of this small book, but I will recommend it... highly even!! In this book, the author, Jens Blandstrup, tellsThere is no point in doing a full review of this small book, but I will recommend it... highly even!! In this book, the author, Jens Blandstrup, tells of growing up in a small suburb in Denmark and it is EXTREMELY FUNNY! I laughed all the way through this......more
Before reading my review, you should know that I read the danish version, so there is a good chance that I will not translate certain words perfectlyBefore reading my review, you should know that I read the danish version, so there is a good chance that I will not translate certain words perfectly (at least according to the original book).
The Story... Denzil lives in the middle ages around 12-something. He is a wizard's apprentice, yet have already read a lot of his master's spells, even though he probably shouldn't have. He might very well be an apprentice, yet, he is already a formidable wizard in his own way.
The story kicks off with Denzil visiting an old witch. He claims that his master sent him, but really, he was there to steal something. However, when the witch calls him a thief, he gets angry... Denzil is NO thief... he is a robber and apparently there is a great difference. Before leaving the old witch, she gives Denzil a warning that a dragon will slay him on Spy Wednesday! Denzil, however, does not believe that the warning is meant for him, instead he thinks the warning is meant for his master... Valvasor...
Spy Wednesday is in four days, so Denzil decides to use his magical amulet to travel into the future to warn his master. But something goes wrong and Denzil finds himself 7 centuries ahead of his own time... in the garden of the MacAllister family!
Will Denzil be able to do the math correctly and find his way back to his own time and will he manage to save his master from certain doom...
My Judgment... This is a children's book and it shows. However, this is not a bad thing. It has plenty of things to teach a child reading the book. It is unmistakably fantasy and there is plenty of magic within these pages, however, there is also a good story about being different from everyone else and come to terms with who (and what) you are. It is about finding your own destiny and allowing others to help you fulfill it. I feared early on that it would be far too predictable (because one of its great themes is time travel), but it really isn't. It is actually a sweet little story.
Highly recommended to children age 8-11! And don't be discouraged if you don't like fantasy... this is not pure fantasy, like the Lord of the Rings... it is more like Harry Potter....more
This book is in danish (and probably won't be translated into english any time soon), but still, I am going to do this review in english since most usThis book is in danish (and probably won't be translated into english any time soon), but still, I am going to do this review in english since most users of Goodreads speak english. Hopefully, this will some day be translated.
The Story... This book is build like a novel, with chapters, yet, each chapter is pretty much a shortstory in itself. I say pretty much, because each chapter is connected by way of the narrator and his grandpa (the wolfman).
The narrator (a young boy) has a grandpa called Hans Wolf, a grandpa that also looks very much like a wolf (and acts like a wolf, if you ask me). He is a nice grandpa who likes to tell stories to his grandson. These stories are wonderfully weird and also very clever (the grandpa surely wants to teach his grandson about life in his own clever way). There is the story of the blue girl whom the doctors could find nothing wrong with, and the story about the metalman who became evil. There are 13 stories in this book.
All these stories are connected by the wolfman (which is what the narrator calls his grandpa) who seem to have experienced most of them.
My Judgment... This is a great book and not just for children. There are lots of literary references that are not that difficult to find (or understand) - perfect for using in school. It certainly made me laugh more than once, especially the story about K. J. Hansens 666 bike rides. My absolute favorite!
These stories remind me of the writing of Roald Dahl, but also of Tim Burton's Big Fish. And comes highly recommended!...more
The Story... [Before I say anything about the story, I should perhaps issue a warning... this is one of the weirdest books that I've read in years. IThe Story... [Before I say anything about the story, I should perhaps issue a warning... this is one of the weirdest books that I've read in years. I like weird. But. Perhaps you don't. If so, be warned!]
This is the story of Malchiade Bedrosian Baol, a baol wizard who does not want to be a baol wizard. He wanders the streets of the City T., having fun, messing with peoples lives and just observing what is going on. One day he is contacted by an old pornstar called Mara May. She has been looking for him and wants him to follow her. She takes him to an old comedian, Grapatax. Grapatax needs the baol wizard. He wants Bed (which is what Malchiade Bedrosian Baol calls himself, sometimes) to enter Hell and find Archive Zero, they are looking for a movie, a movie of truth.
The setting is one where the Government tries to create their own reality. They keep movies in their archives, some that needs to be evaluated (for changing) and some that contains the reality. There are just things (like war and torture) that the Government doesn't want the people to learn about.
Bed is our narrator. We listen to his thoughts, however, halfway through the book, the author introduces a new character called Atharva. He is also a baol wizard, but one who is working for the Government. He is also looking to enter Archive Zero, but can't enter it completely. He is also looking for a movie...
Hopefully, I've managed to confuse you completely! :)
My Judgement... This book is awesome! You sense this right away. Like A Clockwork Orange, this book has a language all its own - a really weird and wonderful language that isn't all that difficult to understand. It is set in our world, yet it doesn't look like our world. It is set in a near-present, yet it feels like a weird mix between fantasy and cyberpunk. Perhaps I should just keep my labels to myself and let the book stand on its own...
This book will surely make you laugh... that I guarantee! Had it made me cry too, it might have been a 5-star book......more
The Story... Blackbriar is the story of Danny, a young boy from London who has lost both his parents. Now he lives with the secretary at his school,The Story... Blackbriar is the story of Danny, a young boy from London who has lost both his parents. Now he lives with the secretary at his school, Philippa Sibley. She wants the best for him, but is also a little protective of Danny. Quite early in the story, Philippa decides to buy a house on the countryside and forces Danny to come and live with her.
The house is called Blackbriar and is a haunted house. They find a strange door to the basement with some old names and dates. The last name, Mary Peachy, is the only name with a date. They also find a strange wooden figurine that Philippa dislikes, in fact, she asks Danny to take it outside. He doesn't, of course, instead he hides it in his room.
The big question is... who were those people with the dates and especially... who was Mary Peachy? Also, why are the locals acting so strange?
My Judgment... This story is a classic story that offers few surprises, if any. The relationship between Danny and Philippa is a strange one that I am still baffled at. She is not his guardian... so what is she? I liked the idea of Blackbriar, which has a good and detailed story.
Lastly, I've labeled this book horror, but really, it isn't that scary, even to a child. I would recommend this book to children age 9-13....more