"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simpleFavorite Lines:
"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simple as flipping the switch linked to a human generator, knowing that light will always follow. What the oath demands is that you always choose with care, with the intent of not doing harm - and that when you cause harm in spite of these efforts, you do all you can to mend it." p. 171
"It is no promise of safety, only of mindfulness. Yet mindfulness is a sort of protection, too."...more
I see this series being read by my fourth grade students. I'll admit I have recommended this series many times to students, but never actually read onI see this series being read by my fourth grade students. I'll admit I have recommended this series many times to students, but never actually read one. Normally I would never do a blind recommendation, so I decided to crack one open and see what all the hubbub was about.
Groan. Yeah, I guess I can sort of see why beginning readers would like them. The action is quick, the pages are colorful, and the humor is ever present. But as an adult reader the plot is jumbled, the colorful and eye-catching font is distracting, and the puns were overkill.
If the kids like them, who I am to burst their bubble? Read on young-uns, read on. ...more
There really are ravens at the Tower of London, and there truly is a pub on Fleet Street called "Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese". I like this about the bookThere really are ravens at the Tower of London, and there truly is a pub on Fleet Street called "Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese". I like this about the book making it a great historical fiction book. I gave it two stars because I was not emotionally attached to the characters. The reader doesn't learn Skilley's back story until p. 185 and the book is 228 pages. Why does Skilley adore cheese so much? What does it taste like to him compared to a mouse? Even the little information we get doesn't really explain why he prefers cheese. It's left up to loose inferences. There are good characters in the story: Pinch, Pip, Skilley, Nell, Adele, and Mr. Dickens, but they all fall... flat.
Will I recommend the book? Yes, to my students who want to read about an unusual cat, but they probably won't pick up on the historical aspects of the book. ...more
"It's for personal reasons," I say stiffly. Which is what my mother always told me to say about things that had to do with fighting witFavorite line:
"It's for personal reasons," I say stiffly. Which is what my mother always told me to say about things that had to do with fighting with your brothers, getting any sort of illness that had intestinal ramifications, starting your period, and money. And this decision covered two out of four, so I thought the statement was well earned.
I had to gobble this book up in a day. I'll admit I wasn't excited to read the book. I enjoyed Stiefvater's Shiver, but was unimpressed with Linger and could not even convince myself that if I checked out Forever from the library I'd actually read it. But, The Scorpio Races kept showing up on so many blogs that I knew there must be something worth all the gossip. I have renewed faith in Stiefvater and her story crafting abilities (with so many books about wolves out there my loyalties are quickly lost, shame on me I guess). I'll be on the lookout for whatever she dishes out next.
Would I recommend this book? Recommend it? I threaten you. (Okay, not really, but you get the idea.)
P.S. If by chance the thought of meat-lusting horses makes you think of Diana Peterfreund's Rampant I would be incline to tell you that it is good, but, there is a thick layer of bemoaning teens to wade through. You're safe with the The Scorpio Races. Thank you Stiefvater.
P.S.S. I realize that I never said why I liked the book. Sigh... that's what happens with a brain that moves faster than I can keep up with. I'll give my top two reasons why I love this book. When I studied geography, I remember reading about how locations have a 'placeness' that the people who live there can feel. It's in the land, the way the water flows, the way light plays across the Earth's surface, along with a smell that is synonymous with home. Stiefvater does an amazing job of create that 'placeness'. This brought many good questions to the forefront of my mind. The second reason is, about every 6th page I would laugh, out loud, startling anyone nearby. Many sentences I read over again just to enjoy the humor a second and third time.(Hence my favorite line above.)