Just finished and was loathe to put the book down. First gut reaction? 5 stars. After reading some reviews, I questioned my reaction a little, but amJust finished and was loathe to put the book down. First gut reaction? 5 stars. After reading some reviews, I questioned my reaction a little, but am still inclined to 5 stars. was there some repetition? Sure. was the story the same ol same ol? I did not think so. Perhaps, for me, since it has been several other books in very different series since I read the last installment, I was pumped to get to this one. No, it was not as thrilling as the last two big storylines, but it just felt right--a chance to catch up with Toby and crew, finish up some loose ends, and set up for more adventure. The story did feel a little bit like a transitional one, but I find that reassuring of more to come. Continuing to love the humor, language, and the relationships in these books. Missing the coffee, but donuts might be a suitable replacement....more
Was a little concerned at first that the story wasn't so much a story as a logbook of steps, hypotheses and results. I had more than a few puzzled loo Was a little concerned at first that the story wasn't so much a story as a logbook of steps, hypotheses and results. I had more than a few puzzled looms from students when I started reading, not a story, but steps, but they soon got the idea. Between the dry, scientific delivery of the words and the accompanying illustrations, there were a few good belly laughs. Paired this book with a bio of Mae Jemison and The Science Project That Almost Ate the School. This book is a humorous way to talk about the scientific method-as well as pointing out the advisability of doing at least a little research before leaping into actual experiments (and, as one astute 3rd grader recommended, getting permission from parents).
Fun read. Have noticed a run on books about science experiments. Am wondering if I should be concerned.......more
Yikes! Took me a few chapters to get into this new world, but once I got my bearings, it was full steam ahead. Now, I am in the wonderfully frustratedYikes! Took me a few chapters to get into this new world, but once I got my bearings, it was full steam ahead. Now, I am in the wonderfully frustrated position of being uncertain whether to root for a new Dresden Files or a new Aeronuts book first.
I thoroughly enjoyed the nautical historiscifictional elements of this story. How to describe? Well, if Treasure Planet were to hook up with Kung Fu (the original series) after a fling with Beauty and the Beast and a touch of Breakfast Club, and add in a little bit of Watership Down and Guardians of Ga'hoole with a hint of Shrek's Puss in Boots, you might have an inkling of how this book feels. Or a headache. Or a desire to call the men in white coats because obviously my mind makes bizarro connections. Anywho, the above isnt so much a description of the story as it is a description of things the story called to mind. I enjoyed it thoroughly (after I got past the initial confusion bout what kind of setting I was in). This new series made me want to grab a bowl of popcorn and settle in and unwilling rna Saturday marathon of favorite old serial adventure shows. And that my friends, is a good thing.
Meanwhile, I do find myself wondering what Jim Butcher would see a boggart as--my guess would be that boggarts would appear to him as large, arachnoid creatures. (Tongue in cheek, but curious about this nevertheless.)...more
I love this series. It combines wit, grit, drama, mystery and no small amount of literary references and into a rip-roaring, rodeo of an adventure witI love this series. It combines wit, grit, drama, mystery and no small amount of literary references and into a rip-roaring, rodeo of an adventure with enough historical and statistical references (and excellent vocabulary) to satisfy the most avid of word geeks. I was trying to describe the series to someone on New Years and realized that Walt Longmire reminds me of cowboy version of Batman--just with a sense of humor and no utility belt. Thanks to Craig Johnson for...more